Portrait of Mom
Audrey Rae Speckman
  • 89 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 2, 1925
  • Place of birth:
    Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Date of passing: May 1, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Exeter, New Hampshire, United States
Her song has ended but the melody still lingers...

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Audrey Speckman, 89, born on July 2, 1925 and passed away on May 1, 2015. We will remember her forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Karen Speckman on 2nd July 2017

"Thinking of you on your birthday, Mom, and remembering how you made all of our birthdays so special! Kim made me an Angel cake with chocolate swirled in and covered it with berries and whip cream just like you used to do. Love and miss you, Karen"

This tribute was added by Val England on 17th May 2017

"Dear Audrey,
It is not the same here at RiverWoods without you. Fred and i enjoyed
two years having dinner at night with you and Al. we loved your stories about dachshunds and flying and having a garden. you have two daughters who frequently come to be with Al. I'm sure you inspired them
to care and be with him often. Al just sent us a photo of Kim's Blue Tick Hound. I will frame it. Karen is here each week.Kim comes every few months from Montana.  Al is lucky to have all three such women.


Fred & Val England"

This tribute was added by Karen Speckman on 1st May 2017

"It's been two years now since you departed our world, and we miss and love you as much today as we did when you were still with us. We know you are in a better place, one without pain, and that you rest now in peace. You are forever in our hearts & minds, Mom!! Much love always, Karen"

This tribute was added by Kim Speckman on 2nd July 2016

"Missing you on your birthday Mom.  When I was very young, you let me have my own little garden and you helped plant hollyhocks in it. Our rental farm has lots of flowering plants.. and today a few hollyhocks began to bloom. How fitting!"

This tribute was added by Karen Speckman on 2nd July 2016

"Today's your birthday, Mom, and seeing the lilies abloom in my garden reminds me of you!! Love always, Karen"

This tribute was added by Kim Speckman on 2nd May 2016

"Every time I think of Mom; I think of flowers. She always surrounded herself with cheerful blooms.  If I had a flower for each time I've thought of and missed Mom during the past year, I'd have a huge garden!"

This tribute was added by Ted Belastock on 1st May 2016

"Great memories of great shared times together do not diminish with time. We had many, and they live on, for which I'm grateful."

This tribute was added by Susan Schafer on 1st May 2016

"Thinking of you and your family and remembering your Mom on this day!  Memories help to fill the void left by your Mom.   Enjoy each and every memory of her.
Thinking of you!"

This tribute was added by Karen Speckman on 1st May 2016

"Remembering you, Mom, and missing you each and everyday, but especially today. Much love always, Karen

"I still miss those I loved who are no longer with me but I find I am grateful for having loved them. The gratitude has finally conquered the loss."  Rita Mae Brown

~Prayer For Well-Being ~
May all be happy
May all be without suffering
May all think well of one another
May one's destiny be free from sorrow
  Julie Rappaport"

This tribute was added by Kim Speckman on 2nd July 2015

"Missing you on your birthday Mom."

This tribute was added by Karen Speckman on 2nd July 2015

"Remembering Mom with loving memories on her birthday today. She is forever in our hearts! Love always, Karen"

This tribute was added by David Bovio on 15th June 2015

"Stephanie Bovio remembers: In 1968 Aunt Audrey picked me up at Logan Airport and delivered me to college in Boston. That was the beginning of  special relationship. We loved to spend hours at antique shops; we both loved dogs and Aunt Audrey had the best, each with a unique personality: Hans, Angus, Ian, Schatzie, Caleb & Clint. Dave, the girls & I will miss cross country skiing and wonderful days at the pool. Aunt Audrey & Uncle Spec always welcomed us in their home. We have many fond memories and we will miss her so.   Love, Stephanie"

This tribute was added by Al Speckman on 30th May 2015

"Among the nicest times Fred and I have had in Winnisquam Lodge at RiverWoods have been our dinners with Audrey and Al. We enjoyed their interests in dachshunds and aviation, but we especially enjoyed them as people. Audrey was so appreciative of Al's care during painful and difficult times. He was unusually considerate of her needs.
     There was a simpatico between us. Our time with Audrey was relatively short, but everything we saw in her is all that we like best in a friend.

     Fred and Val England"

This tribute was added by Cyn & Jim Marquardt on 22nd May 2015

"I know deeply in my heart, there is no real death, only to the vehicle we use to carry our souls...Audrey is a wonderful soul, that has just crossed over to another dimension, that we cannot see, but we will feel her presence many times when we quiet our minds...she was always so easy to be around, very caring to humans and animals alike...and loved life and family to it's fullest...she will always be with us..."

This tribute was added by Al Speckman on 20th May 2015

"My Samoyed dog, Kumo (Cloud), and I used to visit Audrey when she lived in Crawford in RiverWoods. They were always overjoyed to see each other.
From Robin Tenny"

This tribute was added by Janie Allen on 17th May 2015

"Your whole family has always been as close to me more than is known by most.  I will miss Audrey immensely.  She was a true inspiration to my everything since I was a toddler.  My sympathies to her passing.  janie and family."

This tribute was added by Henry Lynch on 10th May 2015

"Dear Karen, Kim and Family,
Henry and I have so many great memories of your mom...always connected with flying! We enjoyed the many times we had the opportunity to go to Fly-Ins together, special flying  trips and landing somewhere and walking to a restaurant for lunch. Of course, Henry added that after carefully reviewing the menu...your mom and dad would always order a BLT! :) One flying trip that was memorable was the trip to Eastport Maine and staying at a cabin for two nights. We always enjoyed calling them and saying, "Hey, are you up for a trip to Markey's for supper? Meet us at the Hampton airport!" Most often along with your mom and dad would be Carol and George and off we would go to get some clams...steamers for your mom! On the ride we would visit about our kids and what they were up to and this, that and everything...always a good time. Another special time was the 50th anniversary party at the Balsams. The was great! They shared a few milestone family birthday celebrations at our home for us and became part of our extended family. Our son Heath and daughter Kate were also fond of Audrey and were sad to learn of her passing. We are so glad that we had the opportunity to know her and spend time with her over the years. Love, from the entire Lynch Family"

This tribute was added by Ted Belastock on 10th May 2015

"Audrey Speckman will live on in the memories of all those whose lives she touched. She will be missed , but not forgotten. Airlines, airplanes,
ski mountains here and abroad, family, and deeply rooted friendships -
all paint a beautiful collage."

This tribute was added by Ted Belastock on 10th May 2015

"Audrey Speckman will live on in the lasting memories of all those whose lives she touched. She will surely be missed, but always remembered. Airplanes, airlines. ski mountains here and abroad,
and deeply rooted friendships - all paint a beautiful collage."

This tribute was added by Susan Schafer on 10th May 2015

"Karen and Kim,
   Cherish the memories and know she left you with so much in her years here.  There is a part of her within both of you and at the quietest of moments you will hear her.  
     So sorry for your loss and am thinking of you today, Mother's Day and knowing she is too.
With my deepest Sympathy,
Susan Schafer"

This tribute was added by Lesley & John Miner on 7th May 2015

"One Christmas, Aunt Audrey sent me one of my all time favorite books, "Island of the Blue Dolphins".  Another gift, a confirmation gift I think, was a lovely tiny pewter Celtic cross. Favorite memories are visits to the wonderful house with the quarry pool and getting acquainted with whatever much loved canine (some huge, some small) was in residence. Aunt Audrey and Uncle Spec made us very welcome whenever we could visit. I wish we had been able to visit more often. We are thinking of you all."

This tribute was added by Katy Pelletier on 7th May 2015

"Some of my fondest summer memories are from visits to Aunt Audrey's house...
  -picking blueberries
  -making forts and secret passages in the rocks
  -floating on "Miss Allie" the alligator in the pool
  -playing with all the troll dolls

Rest peacefully Aunt Audrey, you were loved!"

This tribute was added by Karen Speckman on 5th May 2015

"Thich Nhat Hanh in “No Death, No Fear”

“The day my mother died I wrote in my journal, “A serious misfortune of my life has arrived.” I suffered for more than one year after the passing away of my mother. But one night, in the highlands of Vietnam, I was sleeping in the hut in my hermitage. I dreamed of my mother. I saw myself sitting with her, and we were having a wonderful talk. She looked young and beautiful, her hair flowing down. It was so pleasant  to sit there and talk to her as if she had never died. When I woke up it was about two in the morning, and I felt strongly that I had never lost my mother. The impression that my mother was still with me was very clear. I understood then that the idea of having lost my mother was just an idea. It was obvious in that moment that my mother is always alive in me.
   I opened the door and went outside. The entire hillside was bathed in moonlight. It was a hill covered with tea plants, and my hut was set behind the temple halfway up. Walking slowly in the moonlight through the rows of tea plants, I noticed my mother was still with me. She was the moonlight caressing me as she had done so often, very tender, very sweet…wonderful! Each time my feet touched the earth I knew my mother was there with me. I knew this body was not mine but a living continuation of my mother and my father and my grandparents and great-grandparents. Of all my ancestors. Those feet that I saw as “my” feet were actually “our” feet. Together my mother and I were leaving footprints in the damp soil.
   From that moment on, the idea that I had lost my mother no longer existed. All I had to do was look at the palm of my hand, feel the breeze on my face or the earth under my feet to remember that my mother is always with me, available at any time.”"

This tribute was added by Kim Speckman on 5th May 2015

"There is one woman known to many of us, and as each human creature knows but one on earth, and it is upon our knowledge of that woman that we base our certitude - Olive Schreiner 1911"

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