Audrie was always one of the most thorough and gifted art students in her class. As far back as kindergarten when given a 10 minute time frame to draw a picture Audrie would always have to negotiate with the teacher for more time as she needed to get the hair or the eyes just right. The others were happy to get the stick-figure just so. Recently, Audrie expressed a desire to continue in art and that she wanted this to be her focus in college.
Audrie played the viola and the piano and always loved to sing. She used to love performing in front of her family and friends and when she was four she sang a solo in front of over 1,000 in church.
She was in the color guard in middle school and was part of the only middle school to perform at the inauguration of Barack Obama.
The temperature was in the teen’s that day and the kids were not allowed to wear jackets or gloves, they carried on faultlessly and the President’s young daughters waved and cheered loudest for their group as all the other performers were so much older.
Audrie loved soccer but mostly she loved to score goals. She was fast and tenacious and had a nose for the goal. Typically, this tenacity did not display itself on the practice field but in the first or second game of each season Audrie would go nuts and score several goals which would ultimately endear her to her coach and keep her on the pitch as a forward. If you listen closely you can still hear one of her coaches saying “she runs like the wind!”.
Audrie used to go to horse camp each summer, she loved horses and it was always the highlight of her summer. She knew all of the horses and had stories about each one, she used to take her younger siblings on pony rides. She volunteered at the local stables and complained at how long and hard the eight hour days were but would speak for hours about all the fun she was having.
Audrie was a gifted creative writer and while in the second grade won the district creative writing contest. She was always deep in her writing and the content would reach well beyond her years at the time.
Audrie loved skiing and if you were close enough to her on the slopes you could hear her singing while skiing down the mountain. She loved going on hikes and would wear her friends out giving them all blisters as it wasn’t a hike unless it was grueling.
Mostly, Audrie was a loving daughter, a dear sister, a trusted friend, cherished granddaughter, beloved cousin, embraced niece and a beautiful soul. We will all miss her but will never forget her. We will carry out her life in ours and through her will transform all we meet into better people because of her. Her life will become a catalyst for change and someday she will be proud of all she was able to accomplish in life and death.
She was passionate about life, her friends, her family and would never do anything to harm anyone. She was in the process of developing the ability to cope with the cruelty of this world but had not quite figured it all out. Ultimately, she had not yet acquired the antibiotics to deal with the challenges present for teens in today’s society.
It would have been her wish that we could all learn from her unfortunate and tragic passing that somehow through the lessons learned that this tragedy could provide an impetus for change an avenue for hope and a foundation for support and guidance.
While only God knew the number of her days, just as He knew the number of gorgeous hairs upon her head, He also knew the lives she would affect and the lives she would save. Audrie rests safely now in God’s memory just as she rests lovingly and safely in our memory. Audrie touched the lives of everyone she met, she always had a comforting word or a friendly smile for her family and friends.