Audrey Jean (Hapke) Kittrell
December 21, 1939 - March 30, 2019
Audrey Jean (Hapke) Kittrell (79) of Texico, NM passed away on March 31st, 2019 in Lubbock Texas. Audrey was born to Alfred Hapke and Nellie (Smith) Hapke on December 21st, 1939 in Merna, Nebraska. Audrey married Truman Sandy Kittrell on April 10th, 1959. She is survived by her daughter Sabrina Farmer and husband Tim of Mountain Home, Idaho and son Steve Kittrell and wife Donna of Roswell, New Mexico. Grandchildren who also survive Audrey are Dustin Davis, Mandy Mesa (Greg), TJ Farmer and Sarah Farmer (Brant Hager). Great-grandchildren surviving are Dalton, Dason, Presleigh, Annabella, Makai and Preston. Sisters surviving Audrey are Joan (Hapke) Crosby of Huntington Beach, CA and Naomi Hapke of Georgetown, KY. Sister-in-laws surviving are Billie Kittrell of Lawndale, CA, Ysleta Kittrell of Farwell, TX and Doris Hapke of Yukon, OK. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Audrey was proceeded in death by her parents, her husband and siblings: Bud, Dick, Bob and Dorothy.
Pallbearers are: Brake Hapke, Dustin Davis, Greg Hapke, Greg Mesa, Kenny Kittrell, Terry Craft, TJ Farmer, and Brant Hager. Honorary pallbearers are Jerry Bradley, Doug Scioli and her great grandchildren.
Audrey started school in Merna, NE and graduated high school from Texico, NM in 1958. She later completed business courses at Clovis Community College. She worked along side her husband on the family farm while raising her children. She then worked for 31 years at Texico schools as a secretary where she met many life-long friends. Grandchildren, nieces and nephews frequently spent time at her home and on the farm and have fond memories of their time with Truman and Audrey. She shared many fond memories of her friends and family while growing up and living her life in Texico and was most recently a city councilor in her beloved city.
You were always there when I needed you
a best friend to talk to after school,
a chauffeur to drive me and my friends wherever we needed (or wanted) to go,
a number one fan of whatever function I was in, wherever it was.
You always made my day just by showing up.
Now that I have a precious family of my own, you are still there when I need you
to listen after a hard day
to care in so many ways.
I’m just as excited as the kids when Grandma shows up,
not so much because you’re usually bearing gifts but because you came.
My Mom - you make everyone’s day just by showing up.
Your last days were marked by the way you were lit whenever a friend or family member
just showed up.
I know you’ll always be there, Mom, not just now but forever.
Because of the faith you raised us in, I met our wonderful Jesus.
I’ll meet you, Mom, in that incomparable City He’s prepared for us - our forever home.
Meet me there, Mom, just inside the Eastern Gate. We can tour it together.
We’ll see what eye has not seen,
we’ll hear what ear has not heard,
we’ll finally understand what has not entered the heart of man.
We’ll make each other’s day just by showing up.
Audrey’s family wish to express their sincerest thanks for everyone that has shown up in many different ways. We love you all. In lieu of flowers, donations to Cal Farley Boy’s Ranch would be welcome.
Hugs and prayers to Steve and Sabrina and all the family. I loved your Mom! So very sorry.
Kelly Dobbs TrammellWagoner, OK
Sabrina, Steve and Families, It saddens me at the loss of your loved one for each of you; but, knowing Audrey, I believe that she was ready to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Audrey & I go way back to when our kiddos were small, having coffee together, Sunday School & church together plus many to numerous to put. Altho work, families, and age seem to place us in different relationships, I always thought of her as a close friend. Sending care with prayer. Betsy Autrey
Betsy A AutreyTexico, NM
My heart goes out to the family. Sorry for your loss. God bless your family. Dena Class of 89, Texico High School
Dena (McDaniel) PettigrewClovis, NM
I'm so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with each of you.
Edith Ann Walling_BradleyClovis, NM
Sabrina, your letter to your Mom is beautiful. What a wonderfuldescription of how her life was lived;
Deannie SmithLubbock, TX
My memories of Audrey are among my earliest. I can remember playing with Sabrina while our parents sat around the table playing '42. I'll never forget the laughter and the love I experienced in the Kittrell home. Audrey was always so willing to indulge our whims! Iodine and baby oil suntan lotion? check Snickerdoodles? check Licking the nectar off of all the red trumpet flowers on the back yard wall? check Ducking down in the back seat so we could drag Main? check We watched hours of Happy Days, played for hours on her piano, danced to the radio (The Lion Sleeps Tonight!), and my memories just go on and on. God bless you and may you rest in peace, Mrs. Audrey.
Karen LendermanKennard, TX
You will always be in my heart. Fly with the angels!!
Tony class of 91
Antonio (Tony) VegaLubbock, TX