– Audrey, 80, lost her battle with cancer on July 24 in
Lyons. She was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. As a
teenager, Audrey’s family moved to Minneapolis,
Minnesota then to Orange County, CA, later she moved to
Chemult in 1997 and settling in Lyons in 1999. She married
Jeremiah “Jerry” C. McNerney on January 10, 1982 in Culver
City, CA, he preceded her in death on August 19, 2009.
was the Assistant City Manager for the City of Lyons for 13
years. Audrey was loved and admired by so many and her passing
will leave an unfillable void in the lives of her family and
those who knew her. She was among the first to become a para-legal
when the career path opened. She also worked for many years in
the real estate industry which allowed her to travel and fly
around the country visiting many states and engendering
friends across the nation. She was most at home when she could
care for others and always sought to put the needs of others
before her own.
was an avid reader and enjoyed many types of music and
theatre. She especially enjoyed sharing those activities with
her friends and family. Traveling was a passion and she always
looked forward to the next adventure. Whenever called upon she
willingly pitched in to assist with or lead community events
and activities. She was known for being the consummate
“lady”. Always impeccably coiffed and well-read in social
graces; she was sought after to attend and participate in
events and activities throughout the canyon. But most
importantly, she was a strong yet tender “mother” to those
she was related to as well as those she cared for; always
sharing a tender, supportive word and a kind hand. She will be
is survived by her daughter: Leanne Lail of Lyons; 5
grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in
death by son, Neil Besner and brother, Paul Arbour.
will be in Fox Valley Cemetery, Lyons on August 15th at 1p.m.
with a memorial and celebration of life following. Serving the
family, North Santiam
Funeral Service, Stayton.