Audrey Staats

Obituary of Audrey Staats

Audrey Smith Staats of Bucks County, PA, (87) died Sunday, December 4, 2011, at Doylestown Hospital. Born in Staten Island, New York, she was the youngest of five children of Carrie and Quimby Smith. Raised in the Panama Canal Zone, where her father was a government employee, she was active in the Order of Rainbow for Girls, in her church in Ancon, and in sports in which she received awards in archery and tennis tournaments. She was a member of Quill and Scroll, an honorary society of high school journalist founded by George Gallup, and enjoyed aboard-ship interviews with various notables transiting the Panama Canal and reporting on these in her high school paper. Upon graduating from Balboa High School in 1943, she attended Doane College and Lincoln School of Commerce in Nebraska, where she met her future husband Vincent Staats of Belle Mead, NJ. Following graduation she returned to the Canal Zone and was employed in the Latin America Division of Pan American Airways while Mr. Staats served in thePacific with the Army Air Force until V-J Day. They married in 1946 and were residents of Princeton from 1955 to 1985 where they had built their home. She was active in their church, Christ Congregation, founded in 1955 as Calvary Baptist Church, serving on its Boards & Committees. She was a Cub Scout den mother, baked pies for the annual Princeton Hospital Fetes, and typed the papers of a number of university students. She served as the first Joint Office Secretary of the Princeton YM-YWCA when the two organizations became housed in their Avalon Place facility. She was employed at Educational Testing Service from 1962 to 1984 as an executive secretary in the College Board Programs, the Division of Analytical Studies and Services, the International Office and in the Officers Division. Along with her husband, she was a member of the ETS bowling league, a contributor of articles to the company's paper "The Examiner", and had poetry published in their anthology, "Soundings". At age 55 she took courses at Trenton State and Mercer County Community College "for the sheer joy of learning" and earned an AA degree. Following retirement from ETS, she and her husband moved to Ft. Myers, FL, returning to New Jersey in 1999 to be nearer family. Predeceased by her husband in 2002, she is survived by a son Vincent and his wife Sarah of Lawrenceville, a son Gregory and his former wife and good friend, Elaine, of Princeton, and a son James and his wife JoAnn of Belle Mead; three grandsons Adam, Jonathan and Stephen, a granddaughter Jessica Muller and her husband Christopher of Kernersville NC; three great grandsons Austin, Aiden and Jacob Muller, and 35 nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held 11:00am, Saturday, December 10, 2011 at Christ Congregation Church, 50 Walnut Lane, Princeton with the Reverend Jeff Mays officiating. Burial will be in the Princeton Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday, December 9, from 7pm-9pm at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Christ Congregation Church, 50 Walnut Lane, Princeton, NJ 08540, or to a charity of one's choice.
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