Julia Audrey Eldridge
Julia Audrey Eldridge
  • October 24, 1926 - December 18, 2017
  • Petal, Mississippi

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Julia Audrey Eldridge, 91, passed away Monday December 18, 2017 at the Bedford Care Center in Petal, MS. Funeral services will be 11:00am Friday December 22, 2017 at Parkway Funeral Home in Ridgeland preceded by visitation from 9:30am until 11:00am. Burial will follow in Lakewood South Cemetery.
Ms. Audrey Eldridge died after an extended illness surrounded by her family. Ms. Eldridge was born to Lillie and Thomas Reynolds on October 24, 1926 in Liberty, MS. She is preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, Lamar Nathan Eldridge, Sr. The surviving relatives of Ms. Eldridge include her four children: Lamar Eldridge, Jr. of Jackson, Thomas Eldridge (Barbara) of Brandon, Ann Walley of Richton, and Carolyn Simmons (Bill) of Nashville, TN; grandchildren, Brooks Koskovich (Rob) of Brandon, Michael Rather of Brandon, Mitchell Rather of Brandon, Claire Walley of New Orleans, LA, Rich Walley (Elizabeth) of Clarksville, TN, Callie Jane Simmons of Nashville, TN; great-grandchildren, Maddy Koskovich, Mary Morgan Koskovich, Polly Kate Koskovich and Bo Koskovich all of Brandon, MS; and one surviving brother Dudley Morris Reynolds of Baton Rouge, LA, as well as countless nieces and nephews.
Ms. Eldridge started her young married life as a military wife traveling from Mississippi to Kentucky and on to Germany while her husband proudly served America in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. After settling in Jackson with her husband and young family, Ms. Eldridge immersed herself into her children's lives signing them up for Cub Scouts and becoming a Den Mother to her boys and all of their friends. Her sons were Little Leaguers for years and she, the Team Mom, made countless cookies and cakes for their teams. She enrolled her daughters into dance and baton lessons and encouraged each daughter to try out for cheerleader. Ms. Eldridge was a great seamstress and many mornings her girls would wake to find a new dress hanging on their bedroom door making them feel like Cinderella. Ms. Eldridge was also a wonderful cook. Ms. Eldridge also had a green thumb and enjoyed many days planting and caring for her flowers, shrubs and yard .You could easily find her either in the kitchen, at her sewing machine or in her garden; all the while holding down a full time job.
Ms. Eldridge was a 25 year employee with the City of Jackson working at the Metropolitan Library in Jackson. She was a lover of books and often times would read late into the night. She loved her animals as much as she loved her family, picking up strays and giving them a sweet life and they in return gave her much comfort and joy. There was never a puppy or kitten that she didn't want to take home. After her husband's death and her retirement, Ms. Eldridge became the full time caregiver to her mother for 20 years in Liberty, MS. She was a Care Giver to many in her family and many outside of her family. She was an active member with Alcoholics Anonymous attending many meetings with her husband, making coffee and bringing cookies. Alcoholism took its toll on her family even though she was a valiant gatekeeper, always trying to keep it away from the ones she loved.
Ms. Eldridge moved into an assisted living home in Hattiesburg to be closer to her eldest daughter and finally allowed someone else to care for her. Following several strokes, Ms. Eldridge was moved to Bedford Care Center in Petal, MS where she was cared for by its loving staff and eventually by the staff of Camellia Hospice Care until her death. While we mourn her death, we celebrate her life through the lives of the many people she touched and we look forward to seeing her once again in Heaven.