Audrey Doyle Richardson, 85, of Shrewsbury

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Audrey Doyle RichardsonShrewsbury – Audrey (Allen) Doyle Richardson, 85, a lifelong Shrewsbury resident, passed away peacefully on October 16, 2021 at the Shrewsbury Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Audrey was born on July 17, 1936 to the late Stuart H. and Dorothy E. (Morel) Allen. She lived most of her life on the family farm, the Allen Homestead of Shrewsbury, settled in 1725. Her deep connection to the farm could be seen in all aspects of her life.

A loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend, Audrey was always busy in her garden with a basket on her arm, in the kitchen drying herbs, at a table arranging flowers, or at an easel with her paints. With a warm, welcoming smile and a hug, she greeted everyone as family.

Audrey was a talented artist, receiving her degree from the Worcester Art Museum. Her interest in painting extended to garden design and flower arrangement, leading to a successful career as the owner of Homestead Dried Flowers and Designs. After retiring, she spent many hours painting in her studio, drawing on her decades of gardening for inspiration.

She will be deeply missed by her loving and devoted husband of 30 years, David A. Richardson; five children, Michael Doyle and his wife Diana, Katherine Doyle and her partner David Wattles, Beverly Pallozzi and her husband Dean, Susan Doyle and her partner Kim Mayyasi, and Peter Doyle and his wife Rose; three stepchildren, Gary Richardson and his wife Nancy, Phillip Richardson and his wife Karen, and Amy Richardson DeWitt; one brother, Richard Allen and his wife Joanne; two sisters, Constance Pukalte, and Elaine Kingsriter and her husband Brian. She also leaves three grandchildren, Ryan Kripp and Alex and Christopher Doyle; eight step grandchildren; two great grandchildren, and many nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

We have lost a truly gentle soul. To everyone who found a home as soon as you crossed her threshold, we ask that you get outside, appreciate the simple beauty of nature, be kind to everyone you meet, and remember her fondly. While Alzheimer’s Disease long ago robbed us of the amazing woman we knew, her spirit and soul were tethered to this world. She is now free to soar.

Celebration of Audrey’s life will be held at a later date.