Audrey Faye Blades Williams
1936 - 2021
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"There is a place of infinity, Tucked away in memory…gentle breezes stir the air, and my soul finds solace there" -Audrey Williams. Audrey Faye Blades Williams passed from this life with peace surrounded by family on February 20 at the age of 84. Expert-biscuit-maker, matriarch, devoted wife of 65 years, family historian and true southern lady… Audrey "Sister" was born to William Oscar & Ellen R. Blades Feb 24, 1936. She was raised in the Pine Ridge community of St. Helena Parish. There, she attended Greensburg High School where she was a cheerleader, basketball player and earned valedictorian honors. In 1955, she married the love of her life, James W. "Pete" Williams, Sr. and reared their four children in Baker, LA. In her accomplished career, she was a passionate mental health advocate with the state of Louisiana. For over 40 years she worked tirelessly for the rights of the forgotten, underserved and less fortunate. As Director, she was pivotal in developing the program that brought Adult Protective Services to Louisiana, and dedicated her life to helping those in need. Arguably, her greatest achievements lay in matters of the heart. Her love story began when she met Pete at an Easter egg hunt, where she bent the rules in order to beat him. The winner of the prize that day is still debated, as he is the one that left with the girl. After dating for several years, she decided they should see other people. Pete met her on the porch swing the next day and kindly offered to join her on her other dates, to make sure they were okay. The rest is history. The years were full of beautiful memories, constant laughter at the antics of her husband and enduring love; even in the final days. Her purest moments of joy were found in those surrounded by children. She was a homemade chicken and dumpling enthusiast, an expert decorator, gardener and floral arranger, shopper extraordinaire, passionate defender, a poet and a friend to all. Through each of life's seasons, she held our hands intently in her own, gave the deepest hugs, and listened as if absorbing every trouble to lighten the load. A holiday perfectionist, lover of angels, dreams and spirituality, she made each gathering a magical event. Inexplicably, she had an effortless way that made everyone that knew her feel at home. There are so many things that we will miss about Audrey, none more so than her endlessly compassionate and loving soul. Audrey Faye Blades Williams, member of First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge, is survived by her loving husband of 65 years James W. "Pete" Williams, Sr.; sons James "Rusty" Williams (Mary); Randal Williams (Kristi); daughters Mari Ellen Wintz (Al); Sherry Williams-Jenkins; grandchildren Adam Childers; Will Wintz; Alison Balkey; Jamie Sillivent; Michele Solomon; Chad Williams; Nicole Williams; Charles "CJ" Jenkins; Luke Jenkins; great-grandchildren Sarah and Liam Wintz; Noah Childers; Grey and Micah Balkey; Gage and Ryker Sillivent; Brooks Solomon; brothers Wilbur "Bo" Blades (Sharon); Roger Blades; Clayton Blades (Margaret); Linda Moore (Ric); brother-in-law Skippy Yarborough; sister-in-law Lorraine Blades. Preceded in death by parents Oscar and Ellen Blades; Sister Betty Yarborough; brothers Harold and Sonny Blades (Ernestine); sister-in-law Annette Blades; son-in-law Chuck Jenkins; and grandson John Randal Williams. Pallbearers are Adam Childers, Will Wintz, CJ Jenkins, Luke Jenkins, Chad Williams, and Al Wintz. We can't begin to thank Rikki Lynn Hurston, (RN and niece) enough for the love and tender, skilled nursing care she provided during the last weeks of life. Donations in Audrey's memory can be made to the Audrey and Pete Williams Social Work Field Education Scholarship at SLU, research to cure dementia, St. Jude Research Hospital, or an act of kindness to someone in need. Services will be held at Pine Ridge United Methodist Church, 3893 LA-440 in St. Helena Parish. Visitation will open to all on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 from 4:00pm until 7:00pm. A private Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday conducted by Rev. Dr. Michael Townsend. A Graveside Service will be held at Pine Ridge Cemetery around 11:40am and will be open to all-feel free to bring a chair. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

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Published in The Advocate from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23, 2021.
04:00 - 07:00 PM
Graveside service
11:30 AM
Pine Ridge Cemetery
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February 24, 2021
She was loved by so many ❤❤
Larry Pray
February 24, 2021
To the Family and Friends of Audrey Blades
Williams by deepest To each of you .Gods Comfort Peace n Love
Glenda Harrell
February 24, 2021
Aunt Sister always held me with welcome arms and hugs. This entire family watches out for each other and IS the true meaning of family. Her life will never be forgotten by anyone she touched. So sorry I could not make her services. My prayers are with you.
Margaretta Blades
February 23, 2021
I worked with Audrey many years ago & also knew Pete when they lived in Jackson. She brought hand me down clothes to my 1 little boy at that time. Having a birthday on Christmas Day, she made me a birthday cake. Kept in touch for awhile after she & Pete moved to Baker. Audrey was a wonderful friend & she’ll be so missed.
Coleen Creech Harvin
February 22, 2021
Pete and family. I am deeply saddened to learn of Audrey’s passing. I know how much she was loved and how she will be missed. She was a true professional and truly dedicated to helping people who could not protect or care for themselves. When I worked with her she took the work very seriously, but she also had a great sense of humor. She loved getting the staff to act out skits and routines for holiday parties, and she was often the star performer herself. I will always be grateful to her for hiring me and for all she did for the people we served. She was truly a truly great lady.
Hugh Eley
February 22, 2021
I am so very sorry. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Rita Marie
February 22, 2021
My heart breaks for all she left behind. She was such a wonderful friend to all who called her "Sister". A very special lady who I will miss always. Prayers for all her family and friends. She is whole again.
Hilda Ross
February 22, 2021
She was always so neatly dressed, and always smiling; such a beautiful lady. Prayers for you all.
Stacey Milton
February 22, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Theresa Howard
February 21, 2021
Uncle Pete, Rusty, Mari Ellen, Randy, Sherry Sue and all your spouses, children, grandchildren and greats
Aunt Audrey was a special lady, special aunt to me. I will always remember her, her caring ways, and her sweet spirit. I will also remember the loving relationship she and Uncle Pete shared all these years.
It was a blessing to be able to share so many happy memories at the Williams' Reunions and the great food!
I loved Aunt Audrey's corn casserole!
I feel Aunt Audrey is writing poetry in Heaven now.
Ronnie and I pray for peace and comfort for all at this sad time.
Totsy and Ronnie Peery
Boerne, Tx

Totsy Peery
February 21, 2021
Pete and family, so sorry, just saw the obituary. God bless each of you during this difficult time. She was always so sweet, when we talked or messages. Rest In Peace, sweet cousin. The Adrean “Red” Goings family
Dianne Melchior
February 21, 2021
It was extremely difficult, but my honor to help my cousins and Uncle Pete in caring for my sweet Aunt Sissy those final few weeks. I treasure a plentiful bank of memories with this lovely lady. I’m here to help in any way I can, and send my love and healing energies to my Uncle Pete all the rest of our family and those who love her.
RikkiLynn Hurston
February 21, 2021
After reading her opituary, I felt sadness for not knowing her. I did not know her, but wish I had.
Virginia Sanders
February 21, 2021
May God Bless the many friends and family members who will miss this loving lady. Praying for peace in the loss of a wonderful person on this earth, but in knowing she is watching over everyone she loved.
Kim Shackelford
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