Audrey Ann Talbott Oxley: 1928-2021


Audrey Ann Talbott Oxley of Onalaska passed away peacefully on July 10, 2021, where she has lived for the past 60 years. Audrey was born in Salkum in 1928, where as a teenager she met Derald W. Oxley, the love of her life, at the Salkum Community Church. After a year at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, she returned home and married Derald on May 8, 1948.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are Sister Donna Kyle; children Leah Oxley Harness (Bryan) and Alan D. Oxley (Bonnie); grandchildren Weston A. Oxley (Amy), Robin Arnold (Will), Megan Letcavage (Stephen) and Virginia Harness; great-grandchildren Caleb, Aidan, Ethan, Kellan and Quinn Oxley, and Zoey Letcavage. Also a beloved niece, Elaine G. Talbott, and her special Siamese cat, Cocoa.

Audrey was predeceased by her parents Roy F. Talbott and Vera Dolph Talbott Driggers; her brother Victor Talbott and her husband Derald W. Oxley.

Audrey worked part-time in her father’s business while in high school and returned to work for him when the kids started school. Audrey continued to work at the Talbott Mall until her mother sold the business in 1967. Moving across the street, she accepted a job with McDaniel Telephone Co. Still a loyal employee there. spent 23 years.

A highlight of her life was writing for Lewis County News, as one of her dreams was to be a journalist. As a participant and worker, Audrey was a member of Ethel Loyal Neighbors, the Over 50 Club and the Salkum Orthopedic Guild. As members of the Salkum Community Church of the Brethren, Audrey and Derald led the youth group for many years. She was a deacon, treasurer and even played the piano for worship. It was often found in the church kitchen.

Audrey loved to cook and made the best homemade yeast buns. For many years she baked bread every Saturday morning. She collected cookbooks and loved to read them and try out new recipes. Audrey also loved gardening and had a large backyard once they moved to the farm where “they” built a ranch style house. It was their home for the rest of their lives. Audrey and Derald have been married for 66 years.

Audrey canning and freezing everything that can be preserved. Two freezers were almost always full of delicious berries, T-bone steaks, and special treats for family and friends.

The family would like to express their deep gratitude to the caregivers of Audrey, Cindy Hanson, Darlene Everson-Lester, Jane Sterland and Aileen Lundeen.

She had beautiful handwriting, thanks to Salkum’s one-class school. Her children are grateful for the letters and the handwritten recipes. The family will organize a private celebration of life


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