It is with great sadness that the family of Audrey Marie Badgett announces her passing on July 13, 2022, in Longview, Washington.
Audrey was born Oct. 27, 1934, in Everett, Washington to George Milo Fisk and Mildred Marie (Lewison) Fisk. The family moved from Everett to North Dakota, then settled in Elma, Washington. Audrey graduated from Elma High School, class of 1952.
Audrey married her high school sweetheart, Raymond Max Badgett June 16, 1956. She worked as a telephone operator in Pullman, Washington while Raymond finished his degree at Washington State University.
In 1957, Raymond and Audrey moved back to Elma to work at Virglad Dairy, Raymond’s parents’ farm. Ray and Audrey bought the dairy in 1965. Audrey worked as the dairy bookkeeper and on the farm. She kept a flock of sheep for many years, and hosted visits to her sheep barn from Elma kindergarten classes. The children would typically get to cuddle orphan lambs, pet a very docile ewe named Wiggles, and sometimes see lambs being born. The dairy shut down in 1984. Audrey and Raymond went on to manage properties for Realvest Corp. in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
Audrey was an avid knitter and contributed her skills to knitting crib blankets designed for the special needs of babies born HIV+. She also knit afghans and socks for refugees fleeing wars and natural disasters. She was an enthusiastic reader of both fiction and nonfiction. She spent some summer afternoons with her children in the cool of the Timberland Regional Library in Montesano and then carried out a stack of 10 and sometimes 20 books at a time. She and Raymond were animal lovers and often adopted cats and dogs “dumped” at the farm or obtained from rescue organizations.
Raymond passed Nov. 4, 2021. Audrey was his caregiver at home, and then his devoted daily visitor when he moved to a memory care facility.
Audrey is survived by her son Randy and his wife Cindy, daughter Melanie and her husband Steve Smythe, and daughter Leeann Badgett; grandchildren Sheena Turner, Zach Badgett and Taylor Dahlstrom; great-grandchildren Cadence, Brody, Landon, Avery and Audrina. She is also survived by her sister Yvonne Borden. Her sister Beverly Scott preceded her in death.
In respect to Audrey’s wishes, there will be no service. For friends and family who wish to memorialize Audrey, the family suggests a contribution to a local animal shelter.