Audrey Maples Gruenewald

Published 3:58 pm Friday, March 30, 2012

Audrey Maples Gruenewald was born on June 27, 1921, daughter of Gladys Laura Bryan Maples and Luther Whit Maples of Gulfport, Ms. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her husband, Irvin H. Gruenewald, who died March 17, 1966. Survivors include her three sons, John M. Gruenewald, Anniston, Al, Christopher I. (Linda) Gruenewald, Mobile, Al, and Mark S. (Brenda) Gruenewald, Georgiana, Al; Brother: Luther W. Maples, Jr. Santa Ana, CA; Sister: Fay Maples Black, Birmingham, Al; Six Grand Children: Leslie Baggett, Mobile, Al, Monica Pate, Birmingham, Al, Julia Bernstein, Birmingham, Al, Michael Gruenewald, Nashville, Tn, Christopher Gruenewald and Whit Gruenewald, both of Mobile, Al; Nine Great Grand Children: Will, Mamie, Cate, and Lila Baggett, Nate and Charlie Bernstein, Mariah, Maddy and Jayce Pate; a number of Nieces and Nephews and Great Nieces and Nephews. Mrs. Gruenewald was a cum laude graduate of Mississippi State College for Women, now Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, Ms, Class of 1942, and a member of Mortar Board Honor Society. She was a life member of American Association of University Women, and a past Director of District VI, Alabama Federation of Women’s Clubs. She taught at Starlington School and Georgiana High School in Butler County from 1953 to 1967. After the death of her husband, she operated his business, Western Auto Associate Store, in Georgiana with her son Mark, until the store’s closing in 1989. Mrs. Gruenewald was active in civic and community life of Butler County and Georgiana for more than five decades. She was a longtime member of the Georgiana Bank Advisory Board, Peoples Bank & Trust, and the City of Georgiana Industrial Board and Planning Committee. She worked for many years to help raise funds for the causes and projects of Butler County United Fund. In 2008 the Three Arts Club of Georgiana and Chapman awarded a Special Scholarship in her name in recognition of her service in support of the club’s College Scholarship and Community Programs. She was named as an honoree to the Alabama 4-H Wall of Fame by the 4-H Club Foundation of Auburn University Extension Service for her many years working with young people in 4-H Clubs.  Mrs.  Gruenewald was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2012 from the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Harold Bordages officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. Johnson Funeral Home of Georgiana, Al directing arrangements. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to one’s church or favorite charity.  Online condolences may be made at

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