Audrey Draper, age 87, died at Golden Living Center on August 4, 2014.
Audrey Rita Weathers was born in Gretna, Louisiana, on November 6, 1926 to Godfrey and Cecilia (Nolan) Weathers. She married Thomas Draper on January, 19, 1946 in New Orleans, LA. He preceded her in death in 2002.
She is survived by four sons - Tom Jr of Canova, SD, John (Krystal) of Madison, Perry of Mitchell and Michael of Tucson, AZ and four daughters - Geraldine (Clark) Likness of Watertown, SD, Yvonne (Tony) Palli of Piedmont, SD, Patricia Cassutt of Mitchell, SD and Catherine (Max) Reinecke of Sioux Falls, SD and son-in-law- Bob Nipps of Fort Smith, AR. 17 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, one son - Paul in 1955 , one daughter - Marcella Nipps in 1999, one grandson - Jarvis Cassutt in 2009, three sisters and six brothers.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at St Thomas Aquinas Church in Madison with Rev Paul Josten officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
She grew up in Louisiana where she graduated from Our Lady Star of the Sea High School. They moved to Madison in 1955 where they ran Chaffins Self- Service and later Drapers Self-Service until 1979. She then worked and retired from J.C. Pennys in Madison in 1990.
She was a member of St Thomas Altar Society, Prairie Peacemakers Quilt Guild and Prairie Pasque Questers.
There will be a Parish Scripture Service at 7:00 PM on Wednesday at Weiland Funeral Chapel which is in charge of the arrangements.
To send a message of sympathy visit www.weilandfuneralchapel.com