Aurora - Audrey Miller Kail, age 88, of Aurora, OH, died peacefully with family around her on Sunday, February 7, 2021. Born in Cleveland on November 17, 1932, Audrey was preceded in death by her parents, John "Jack" Leroy Miller and Lucille Iona Rogers, brother, David F. Miller, grandmother, Florence Mae Moyer, loving aunt, Ruth L. Powell and her beloved husband of 56 years, William "Bill" Franklin Kail.
Following a brief career, she met and was swept off her feet by a handsome, young engineer named Bill Kail, and after a brief courtship, was married on May 28, 1955. Bill's career with General Electric required numerous relocations across the Eastern Seaboard, but his final role brought them back to their native roots in Ohio and allowed them to settle in Aurora. Audrey embraced each new city and home with a sense of adventure and a mission to make a beautiful home for the couple. Her devotion to Bill and their strong partnership allowed her to provide a comfortable home for him to retreat to after his days at the office. She immersed herself in local garden clubs, community affairs, women's clubs and charitable organizations, including but not limited to the Women's Club of Lynchburg, the Aurora Historical Society and Friends of Fashion at Kent State University.
Audrey was the consummate hostess and entertainer. From elegant buffet dinners to festive Halloween parties to afternoon teas with friends to themed dinners and costume gatherings ("Gone with the Wind" was a highlight for dear friends) to intimate neighbor brunches, to Christmas soirees, Audrey knew how to delight and charm her guests with elegant decor, savory treats and a festive, lovely atmosphere to leave her guests speechless. Friends and those lucky enough to be included remarked how "snazzy", how "fun", how "hospitable", how "creative", how "generous" and what a "keen eye for loveliness" Audrey had. A childlike imagination and genuine love for fun was her very nature. Perhaps known to some, but not to most, Audrey had a childlike mischievous side too, and was terribly fond of a good practical joke (many times at the expense of Bill, who was a great sport through and through!). She loved to laugh and she loved to tell a good story!
Throughout the years and because of her keen eye for the exquisite and the unique, Audrey developed a hobby of acquiring various collectibles. Her natural good taste and fashion sense gave way to countless volunteer hours with the Friends of Fashion at Kent State. There she thrived in engaging speakers and guests and helping to host functions that brought awareness to the community from a whole new perspective. Her involvement in Friends of Fashion brought her much joy and excitement throughout the years.
Her flare for design and beauty ranged from the decor and appointments of her home to her lawns and gardens (even winning her neighborhood "Yard of the Month" award in Lynchburg, VA.) Decorating, entertaining and volunteering took much of her time, however, Audrey always found time to sing and dance along to the tunes of Wayne Newton (and even traveled to Las Vegas to sit on the front row of one of his concerts, only to have her heart throb lean down, serenade her, give her a red rose and kiss her hand!) Audrey vowed never to wash that hand again!) Danke Shane and Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast were her favorites! In her spare time when not entertaining, volunteering, writing handwritten notes to friends and loved ones, Audrey was busy cheering on her beloved Cleveland Indians. She knew every player in recent years, their vital statistics and more about America's favorite pastime than any of her nephews! Only in May of 2017, did Audrey finally go to her very first Cleveland Indians game and what a time she had (and a good story to tell after getting locked in the ladies restroom following the game and almost being "arrested" by the police for trespassing!) Her love of chocolate and all things sweet were her only selfish indulgence and she never met a cookie, a pastry, a piece of cake, a cup of ice cream or a doughnut she did not like!
Audrey had many passions and interests in her lifetime, but two things were constant and at the root of everything she did…her love of her family and close friends, and her love of her animals. She cherished family and friends and found the most unique and special ways to spoil them with phone calls, notes and little gifts all throughout the years. Audrey's passion for animals and her adoration for her pets was something embedded in her as a child, a part of her very fabric until her last breath. Audrey cared for countless strays, rescue animals and adopted her extended family's pets as her own. A tender and compassionate heart for all animals, big and small, wild and tame, winged and footed, was at the very core of Audrey's being.
Audrey is survived by her sister-in-law, Carol Sparker of Chagrin Falls, OH, niece, Wendy Kail Martin (Tom) of Columbus, OH, nephews Jon Kail (Kathleen) of Boston, MA, David Smoots of Charlotte, NC and Todd Smoots (Katherine) of Charlotte, NC and great nieces and nephews, Lindsay and Logan Martin, Ava Jane Kail, Sarah Tate and John Smoots and Harris, William and Thomas Smoots. Audrey also leaves behind her beloved kitty companion, Perky, whose very presence and love have sustained her for the nine and a half years following Bill's death. Thank you to the countless friends and neighbors whose generosity, support and care for Audrey over the years have comforted her and provided much joy and delight. And lastly, thank you to the numerous healthcare professionals at the Cleveland Clinic, Avenue at Aurora, Home HealthCare, Hillcrest Hospital and most recently the Justin T. Rogers Hospice House who provided such compassionate and tender care of Audrey. A private family graveside service will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2021. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the Portage Animal Protection League (APL) 8122 Infirmary Rd, Ravenna, OH 44266 "Love leaves behind more than death can take away." We love you MORE, Aunt Audrey. Arrangements by Johnson-Romito Funeral Home Hudson, Ohio. www.johnsonromito.com
Posted online on February 08, 2021