Audrey Jean Mills Eastman, 64, of Topeka, Kan., died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012.
She is survived by her husband, Andy Eastman of Topeka, Kan.; sons, Bryan Eastman of Lawrence, Kan., and Nate (Shannon) Eastman; two grandchildren, Mallory and Nolan Eastman of Topeka, Kan.; brother, Morris Mills of Lincoln; sisters, Arlene (John) Oâ€™Neill of Grand Island, Roberta ( Steve) Morrison of Lincoln; nieces and nephews, family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Audrey was born to R.J. and Margie Mills in Broken Bow, Oct. 29, 1948. Audrey was raised on her parentâ€™s farm east of Broken Bow with her brother Morris, and sisters Arlene and Roberta. She attended Dutchman Valley District 72 grade school, for kindergarten through 8th grade. Audrey graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1967, and from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1971, with a bachelor of science degree in business administration.
While attending the University of Nebraska, she met Andy. She married Andrew Eastman Oct. 1, 1972, in Lincoln. They lived in Lincoln while Andy finished college.
In 1975, they moved to Billings, Mont., and lived there until 1977 when Audrey and Andy moved to Topeka, Kan. with sons Bryan Edward and Nathan Andrew.
Audrey was a homemaker and daycare provider for several years. As her sons started elementary school, she returned to her career. Audrey worked for several banks, eventually becoming one of the Vice Presidents of the Real Estate Loan Department at Commerce Bank and Trust/CoreFirst. She worked there until her retirement in December of 2010.
In all aspects of her life, Audrey was a good daughter, a thoughtful sister, a loving wife, mother, and grandmother to her family. Audreyâ€™s personality showed through as cheerful and positive at work and at home. Audrey delighted in caring and playing with her grandchildren, Mallory and Nolan.
We will remember her sense of humor and bubbly personality. We will miss her as a fine person that walked this earth and heartfully impacted all that she met. All the people that interacted with Audrey easily saw what a wonderful person she was.
Services will be Friday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. at Dove Cremation and Funeral Services, in Topeka, Kan. Memorials are suggested to the family. Condolences may be left at www.dovecremation.com
Published in Custer County Chief, Nov. 15, 2012