AUDREY JUNE BOWDITCH (nee Koskella) was born July 25, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan. As a baptized follower of Jesus, she trusted in Him who, through His death and resurrection, offers all who believe the free gift of salvation and eternal life. A faithful and joyful worshipper, she knew her Bible well and even selected all of the hymns and Scripture readings for her memorial service, including the Gospel reading from John 11:25-26. Audrey attended Wayne State University receiving a BS in Education and a Master of Education Degree. She taught in the Farmington Public Schools for years, primarily as a 5th grade teacher impacting nearly 500 young lives. She served as the FEA Teacher Union Secretary for 8 years. Her greatest joy has always been her family, enjoying travel, holidays, vacations, school sports, concerts and sharing many family gatherings with all nine grandchildren, richly blessed by God’s continuous love, care and guidance. Being an active in church was central. She taught Sunday School, nursery through 6th grade, a parenting class and led adult Bible classes. She directed VBS and also taught pre-confirmation instruction. In a new church, she saw the need to promote and provide Christian art and books for all ages and established an Art & Literature Guild and a church library. She served as President of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League for four years. She encouraged small group Bible studies in homes, organized church suppers and fellowship activities and regularly assisted in the church office. A member of Family of Christ in Comstock Park, MI since 2005, she was a key founding servant-leader, and joyfully used her gifts as a lay deaconess and altar guild team leader. Personal interests were music, gardening, sports and nature. Always interested in the cultures of indigenous people and various nationalities, she appreciated and enjoyed extensive travels with her husband and sons. She visited 50 foreign countries and every state in the United States. In the community she was a counselor at a Crisis Pregnancy Center for 7 years. As a volunteer with RSVP for 8 years, she tutored adults in reading, did clerical work in 87th District Court, and delivered Meals on Wheels. As a member of AAUW she coordinated and set up its annual book sale. Over a six-year period, Audrey and her husband befriended many Western Michigan University international students, welcoming them into their home for dinners and conversation and sharing customs, cultures and religions. Returning to their home countries, email enabled these special friendships to continue. Audrey Bowditch is survived by her loving husband William who married her on July 5, 1952, sons Kevin (Tamera), Lafayette, IN, Brian (Annette), Portage, MI, Mark (Barbara), Warner Robins, GA, nine grandchildren: Troy, Brandon, Timothy, Samantha, Aubrey, Joanna, Gabriele, Allison and Daniel, five great-grandchildren: Isabella, Elianna, Toviah, Viola, and Emery, and a brother Earl (Phyllis) and many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to St. Michael Lutheran Church, Portage, MI, Family of Christ Lutheran Church, Comstock Park, MI, and Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN (for students with families).