Obituary: Audrey Arlene Monroe Van Wagoner

August 11, 1934 – October 2, 2021

Audrey Arlene Monroe Van Wagoner is reunited with her beloved husband EJ. She died peacefully on Oct. 2, 2021 in Payson, Utah. Audrey was born Aug. 11, 1934 in Richfield, Idaho, to Lee and Vera Monroe. After high school graduation, she moved to Salt Lake City, to attend X-ray school and met EJ. They were married in 1952, after a three-day, whirlwind romance. They raised their family in Ogden, Utah, Audrey and EJ lived in Cordova, Alaska in the 1990s where Audrey was an X-ray tech at Cordova Community Medical Center. They were active members of the Cordova Community and created lifelong friendships. They loved fishing, picking berries, walking in the forest, seeing bears and moose, and enjoyed barbeques on the beach, even in the rain. Audrey’s work took her to rural Alaska as a traveling relief tech. After leaving Cordova, they lived in Spirit Lake, Idaho, and Provo, Utah.

Audrey truly saw life through rose-colored glasses and lived a life of charitable service. No matter what walk of life, everyone was welcome in the Van Wagoner home. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, her exemplary and cheerful church service blessed and inspired many. She was a passionate advocate for women’s health and a volunteer for the Salvation Army in Cordova.

Audrey’s legacy of love and service has been passed on to her surviving family: Her children Kerry (Scott) Daley, Meridian, Idaho; Dirk (Kathryn) Van Wagoner, Provo, Utah; Carmen (Jerry) Corts, Boise, Idaho; Barbara Van Jones, Pocatello, Idaho; Eric (Stephen Ginnegar) Van Wagoner, West Hollywood, Calif.; and Jolene (Edward) Drolet, Aldie, Va.; 23 adoring grandchildren; and 24.5 adorable great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her two brothers, Dale and Alden.

A memorial service was held Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021 in Provo, Utah. Memories and condolences may be shared at