Audrey Margaret (August) Gravatt, 88, a lifetime resident of the Elma area, passed away Tuesday June 11, 2019, peacefully in Olympia surrounded by family.
Audrey was born March 26, 1931, to Dennis and Kathleen (Dubry) August in Elma, Washington, and grew up in the Delezenne and south Elma areas along with brothers Tony and Stan August and sisters Dorothy McMaster and Florence Roberts. On March 20, 1946, Audrey married Herbert Moxley and had three children, Marie, Herb and Mack. In 1956 Herbert passed away in a tragic logging accident. On February 21, 1957, she married the love of her life, Donald W. Gravatt Sr., and they had two children, Donald Jr. and James.
Audrey worked at Ocean Spray in Markham for 25 years until retiring to Arizona during the winters and back home in the summers. During their adventures in Arizona, they met many new friends and loved the Washington block parties of which they were always in the middle of. Audrey would impress all the new friends with her baking abilities and kindness. Audrey’s passion was baking and cooking for her kids, grandkids, great-grandkids and anyone who would stop by to chat. She made sure that you were full before you were on your way.
Some of Audrey’s closest friends in the area were Mary Gabbard, Marge Bowe, Linda Phillips and her sisters, Dorothy and Florence. She was passionate about the Mariners and enjoyed chasing the players down for autographs during spring training games.
She also took in hundreds of Elma High School sporting events watching her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren participate. She enjoyed camping in our National Parks, traveling to Hawaii and cruises to Alaska.
Audrey is survived by her five children; Marie (Mike) Stoney, Herb (Judith) Moxley, Mack (Cathy) Moxley, Don (Carol) Gravatt Jr. and Jim (Jill) Gravatt, eight grandchildren; Mike (Connie) Stoney, Michelle (Jim) Hill, Tanya Moxley, Shaun (Stacey) Gravatt, Nick Moxley, Justin (Shawna) Gravatt, Audra (Ryan) Earl and Bryson (Katie) Gravatt, 12 great-grandchildren; Garrett, Austin, Madison, McKenzie, Kenna, Emily, Dylan, Daniel, Easton, Adilynn, August and Ella. She was preceded in death by her parents Dennis and Kathleen August, brother Tony and her husbands Herbert Moxley and Donald Gravatt Sr.
There will be a private celebration of mom and dad’s lives that will be held at a later date. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Elma Eagles FOE or McCleary VFW.
Arrangements entrusted to Harrison Family Mortuary of Aberdeen.