Posted On December 16th, 2010 -


Audrey Walford Lynch, a former longtime resident of Hawaii, passed away July 20, 2010, her sixty ninth wedding anniversary. When the children had left the nest she continued her education to obtain her master’s degree from the University of Hawaii’s Graduate School of Social Work.

After graduation, Audrey’s main pursuits were in Psychiatric Social Work at the Hawaii State Hospital in Kaneohe. This was during the difficult period when the institution was being shut down and most of its functions and patients reassigned to newly established neighborhood clinics, and to home care. In this regard she worked closely with patients and their families, with church organizations and various social agencies to insure a continuity of care for the mentally impaired.

Audrey devoted her life to her family and in caring for others. As a Navy wife, she was able to pursue her interests in Washington, D.C., Panama, Hawaii, California, Paris, London, and a variety of other places. She especially cherished Laie Bay, where her ashes were scattered in a recent memorial service attended by her beloved family, gathered at their former beach home from California, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, New Jersey, and Virginia.

The service was conducted by the Rev. Sam Cox of Kailua. As the outrigger canoe, bearing ashes and flowers, was launched through the surf, two sea turtles appeared to guide Audrey to her rest.

She is survived by: Husband, Captain James (Jack) Lynch USN (ret); Daughter; Judith Treible, Dardanelle, Ark.; Son; Clinton Lynch, Denton Texas; Five grandchildren and two great grandchildren

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran