September 13, 1924 ~ March 8, 2006

Born in: Greenville, SC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Audrey Travis Mendez, 81, of Asheville, died Wednesday, March 8, 2006, at her home. A native of Greenville, SC, she was a daughter of the late Albert Hugh and Nelle Cook Travis. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Reuben C. Mendez, who died in 2001 and by brothers, Bill and Hugh Travis. She was a self-employed antique dealer. Survivors include a daughter, Janet O’Kelley and husband Gary of Asheville; a sister, Lena Lyle and husband Jack of Waynesville; sister-in-law, Barbara Travis; a grandson, Ben O’Kelley; four great-grandchildren, Patrick O’Kelley, Kyle O’Kelley, Alexis Audrey O’Kelley and Madison Elizabeth O’Kelley and a number of nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be 3:00 pm Friday at Green Hills Cemetery with Father Charles Taylor officiating. The family will be at the home.

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  1. What a fine Lady..Gentle..Wise..Kind & Generous..She will surely be missed by many!!!Our thoughts and prayers are with you Janet,Gary,Ben,Patrick,Kyle,Alexis,&Madison as well as Lena & family…With Lots of Love and Blessings to each of you, Jackie,James,Bruce&Cam…’We all adored her’

  2. Lena and Audrey’s Family, We were distressed to read about Audrey in this morning’s paper. I remember her from days in high school and remember too your Mother Nelle working with Don Young. We are never ready to lose our loved ones. The only comfort has to be our Faith in the Sovereignty of God and the manifested concern of caring friends. We are thinking of you and hope it helps in some small way to know that others do care. Zunita and Joe

  3. Janet,
    We are so sorry about your Mom. She was a gentle spirit. We loved to watch her and Eloise carry on together.

    If you need us, please call us.

  4. Ms. Mendez was always such a sweet and courteous lady, I will really miss seeing her out about the neighborhood and out buying for her antique business. I remember how sweet she and her husband, Reuben, were to me! She was a very gracious lady. God bless you the family!

  5. Janet and family: I was very sorry to read about your Mom’s passing. I enjoyed working with her and getting to know her. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


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