Nona Audrey Pike Slough passed away March 15 in Pagosa Springs. She went to sleep on her pillow in her favorite place on earth, “Beautiful Pagosa,” and was borne away by angels to be with her beloved husband, Wade, her precious parents, Tom and Nona, and a host of siblings and friends who preceded her in death.
The family held a private graveside service with the Rev. Dr. Jimmy Braswell officiating at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Odessa, Texas, where she will be buried beside her husband.
Audrey loved flowers, so please honor her by sending flowers to someone who is dear to you.
If one word could describe Audrey, it would be colorful. She loved color in all things — flowers and fashion, people, places and things. Colors that would stand out in a crowd, like her dresses and shoes in every color and her preferred lipstick shade of vivid red, which complimented her natural hair and skin and was usually echoed by the hue on her lovely long nails. Like her husband, Wade M., the handsome man she fell for at the Odessa Post Office, who sold her the one stamp in the middle of the entire sheet of stamps and carefully tore it from the center just for her. They married in 1941, a little while before he shipped out to the south of France to fight in World War II. Their marriage endured until his death in 2003, but their love endures eternally. Together, they raised two daughters and a son and spent the first phase of their married life in the west Texas town of Odessa, where Wade eventually became postmaster and Audrey developed a talent for restoring antique furniture.
They retired to Pagosa Springs in 1991, where they built a home in the lovely mountain basin known for its healing waters and year-round beauty. Audrey either started or ended all her cards and letters with “Beautiful Pagosa.” She embellished their natural landscape of pines and aspen with mounds of colorful flowers and accented the deck of their log home with pots overflowing with blooms.
She was totally content in their cozy mountain home and chose to remain there after her husband’s passing in 2003. Loved and visited by friends and family over the years, “Miss Audrey,” as she became known in Pagosa, will be missed but never forgotten by those she left behind.
She is survived by three children: Brenda Cockrell, Rune’ Scott and husband George, and Wade Shelly Slough Jr. and wife Cheryl; eight grandchildren: Sean Cockrell and wife Kirstin, Clint Cockrell and wife Terri, Tamara Greenfield and husband Chad, Sherry Dissinger and husband Bob, Michelle Hendrickson and husband JR, Wade Slough III, Brent Slough and wife Whitney, Rachel Eastin and husband David; nine great-grandchildren: Audrey Cockrell, Caitlin and Caroline Cockrell, Blake and Chase Adams, Christopher Dissinger, Lexi Hendrickson, Layla Matthews and Emma Slough. She is also mourned and celebrated by her dear friend and longtime caregiver, Pao Tallman, and husband John, also Diana Bruder and Peter Lomchid.
To send family condolences, please sign the guest registry at www.sunsetodessa.com.