Clinton, Audrey A. 1926-2018

Gainesville, Mo. Audrey A. (Bibb) Kerns Clinton, long-time resident of Wathena, Kansas, passed away January 19, 2018, in Gainesville, with family beside her.

She was born May 29, 1926, to Henry and Helen (Harrington) Bibb, in Blair, Kansas.

She grew up on the farm in a two-room house, with six siblings. She married at 23 years old to Ernest Kerns Sr. and they had two children. Later she married Forrest Clinton and they had one child.

She worked at Noma Lites in St. Joseph, sold Raleigh products and Avon, plus cooked for several restaurants. She retired from State Hospital in St. Joseph and did farm work after moving back to settle in Wathena.

She devoted her life to God, and her children and grandchildren were everything to her. In her later years she resided with her daughter in Theodosia, Missouri.

Audrey was preceded in death by: her parents; spouses; son, Ernest Kerns Jr.; her sisters, Mary Bibb, Mildred Bibb Bunch and Ella Bibb Koehler; brothers, Vincent Bibb and Joseph Bibb; grandchild, Tabitha Kerns; and a great-grandson, Darren Richardson.

She is survived by: daughters, Wanda (Kerns) Brown and husband Scott, and Daveta (Clinton) Monk and husband Charles; sister, Frances Bibb Carter; and brother, Henry Bibb and wife Betty; seven grandchildren, plus greats; nieces and nephews, and many more she claimed.

Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. February 10, 2018, at the Harman-Rohde Funeral Home, Wathena.

Inurnment: Bellemont Cemetery. As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.

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