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Audrey “Judy” Judith Lewis
Beloved mother, grandmother and loyal friend passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at the age of 83 years.
The only child of the late Henry Schuyler and Audrey Judith (Westwood) Smith, Audrey was born on March 22, 1939 in Saginaw, Michigan. A graduate of Arthur Hill High School, she earned a Master’s in Library Science from the University of Michigan after attending Albion College for her undergraduate studies. On June 15, 1963 she married David Lewis, whom she’d met at Albion, and shared nearly 57 wonderful years of marriage with him. David preceded her in death on May 30, 2022.
A voracious reader, Audrey spent her career as a librarian in Michigan, starting as a Children’s librarian in Detroit and then working in several Saginaw County libraries. She was the Head of Reference for White Pine Library Cooperative. The Head of Birch Run Libraries and retired as the Head of Hoyt Library in 2006. She was also the author of ‘Madame Audrey’s Guide to Mostly Cheap but Good Reference Books for Small and Rural Libraries’’, published in 1998.
One of the founders of the Riverside Film Festival, Audrey, along with her husband David, was heavily involved in Pit & Balcony Theatre for many years. She was an actor, stage manager, prop designer, served on the play selection committee, and organized volunteer coordination. Audrey also acted on stage with the Bay City Players and Midland Community Theatre multiple times, often with David. Her favorite roles included Miss Hannigan (co-starring with future Tony nominee, Brian D’Arcy James) in “Annie”; the Wicked Queen in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”; one of the Pigeon Sisters in the female version of “The Odd Couple”; and Felicity in “The Shadow Box”.
Audrey and David enjoyed traveling to Europe after they retired and were always happy and proud to travel around the United States cheering on their two children in their professional theatrical pursuits. Audrey loved a good trivia night, was a fan of horses and mice, and always beat the rest of her family to the correct “Jeopardy!” answers.
Left to cherish Audrey’s memory are her daughter, Laura, her son, Gavin, her granddaughter, Audrey and many, many dear friends and colleagues.
Honoring Audrey’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will take place at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, September 26, 2022 at W. L. Case and Company Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Road, Saginaw, Michigan 48603. Private family burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Saginaw. Friends may visit the family from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral chapel. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Pit & Balcony Theatre.
Monday, September 26, 2022
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Monday, September 26, 2022
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