Audrey Marie Colombo died March 15 at almost 97 years old. She, along with her husband Joseph Colombo who died in 2004, were fixtures in their Atascadero San Antonio Road neighborhood. Neighbors will remember Audrey weeding along the roadside, growing her beautiful irises and teaching many folks the intricacies of pruning fruit trees. Joe, with his tractors, graded and smoothed many a dirt driveway and arena.
Audrey was born in Santa Margarita and lived her entire life in the area. She and her family lived a hardscrabble life and the lessons of saving, making do and working hard colored her life. Her mother Mary Goise Glosser died when Audrey was still a child and she and her sister Viola lived with their grandparents for some time when their father Phillip Glosser traveled for work. She met Joe when he was driving cattle down Rocky Canyon Road. They were soon married and had one son, Donald, who lives in Atascadero.
Audrey and Joe built their house on San Antonio in 1960. Audrey designed the layout that included quite modern features for the time and Joe did much of the building along with raising Hereford cattle at the home place and working as an Operating Engineer on highway building projects around the county. Audrey fell and broke her hip in 2013 and life wasn’t the same for her after that mishap. She lived the last year and a half of her life at Garden View Inn where she became part of the family and had excellent loving care.
There will be a memorial service Saturday, April 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 14080 San Antonio Road, Atascadero. Please come and bring your memories of Audrey and Joe. And pull a weed or two this spring when you plant an iris.