Audrey Pratt

Audrey Pratt

10/15/1913 — 11/10/2018

The last of the “Renner Girls” is gone. Audrey Pratt passed from this world Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at age 105. She was born Oct. 15, 1913, in Harpster. Audrey was welcomed into the family of George Nathan Renner and his wife, Frances Ella Wilson Renner. She was the fourth daughter in a family of five girls and one boy.

The family moved several times, from Elk City to Moscow, out to Harpster and then Westlake, Idaho. They sold the Westlake farm when George became ill, and they bought 5 acres of irrigated land with a house and barn in the developing Lewiston Orchards.

Audrey attended Lewiston High School and was a graduate of the class of 1931. She went on to graduate from Lewis Clark Normal School. She taught in a one-room school for three years. She was most upset when one of her students tried to date her.

Audrey decided to further her education by attending the University of Idaho. She majored in music and became a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, a national music honorary for women. She met Aubrey Pratt at a dance. His friends bet him a bottle of booze if he could get a date with the schoolmarm. He won. They were married Sept. 18, 1937, and then settled on the Pratt Ranch near Craigmont, where she became a farmer’s wife.

In 1945, Audrey and Aubrey celebrated the birth of their first and only child, Cheryl Anne. From the time she was 3, her parents enriched her education through travel. For two months every winter until Cheryl was in high school, they traveled to the southern U.S., including California, Arizona and Hawaii before it was a state.

Audrey became, for 30 years, the Craigmont Presbyterian Church organist and choir director. She also directed the state of Idaho Job’s Daughter choir for two years and the Talmaks Indian Choir one summer, which she said was a wonderful experience. Audrey was also the district president of the PTA. When she was state ASCS chairman and was traveling often, she studied art. She had two showings and sold many paintings. She created enough paintings to share with her family.

Audrey and Aubrey were married for 68 years. During that time, they traveled to almost every country in the world — by freighter, cruise ship, planes, trains and cars. They retired in 1970 and moved to Lewiston. During this time, she appreciated a good competitive game of golf (three holes-in-one) and bridge. Audrey and Aubrey always enjoyed getting dressed up, going out for a good dinner and dancing. I’m sure they are in the stars, together again, dancing the night away.

Audrey was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Winifred McMillan, Mildred Renner, Norma Abel and Hazel Johnson; and her brother, Richard Renner; as well as her loving husband, Aubrey.

She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl, and her husband, Dale Bening; her granddaughter, Erica Quale, and husband Genjuro and their children, Kyla and Nathan; her grandson, Michael Bening, and his ex-wife, Ann, and their children, Alexis, Raime, Chloe and Brandon; as well as her great-great-grandson, Urijah. She also leaves several nieces and nephews.

Services for Audrey will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Malcom’s Brower-Wann Funeral Home, 1711 18th St., Lewiston. Interment will follow at Normal Hill Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Willow Center for Grieving Children, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis-Clark Valley, and the Lewis-Clark Animal Shelter.

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Saturday, November 17, 10:00 AM
Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home
1711 18th Street
Lewiston, ID 83501

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Viewing will take place, Friday, November 16, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home.


Renee, Bob, Becc, and Richard Warnacutt

We love you all, and so wish we could be there to celebrate Aunt Audrey’s life and that she is now with family in Heaven. So thankful we got to visit with her before we left. What a full life Aunt Audrey lived! All our sympathy , prayers, and love to all of you. Renee, Bob, Becc, and Rich

Saturday, November 17, 2018 9:50 AM

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