Audrey Anne Miller Englert Kruse was born in Baytown, Texas on the 24th of November 1926, where she lived with her beloved parents, Leone Estelle and Carter H Miller, and cherished sisters Alice and Ollie. She graduated from Robert E Lee High School, going on to attend Lee Junior College and, finally, SMU, where she finished her degree in Education. During a summer session at the University of Colorado, she met her husband-to-be, Andrew Lloyd Englert, an Education and Music major. They were married at his parents’ home in Colorado in 1949. Their daughter, Cindy, was born in 1950, and two years later, son Ricky was born.
The family lived and taught in Houston until 1958, when they relocated to Connecticut, to teach at Daycroft School, and later in the public schools in Darien, New Canaan, Ridgefield and Wilton. They completed their Masters Degree’s in Education at Bridgeport University in 1974. Anne retired from the Wilton school system in 1986, four years after the death of her husband.
In 1987 she married a widowed family friend, Dick Kruse, and they relocated to Lancaster, Pa., inheriting precious step children and their families at the same time. In 1990, Dick sadly passed away, but Anne remained in Lancaster until moving full-time to Houston, Texas in 2003, to be near daughter Cindy and her own two sisters, Alice and Ollie, and their families. Here, she quickly made wonderful new friends within the community of River Oaks Gardens and Fourth Church of Christ Scientist. She loved being able to walk to all of the shops near her residence.
Her life was rich with activity, attending the ballet, symphony, theatre, museums and taking continuing education classes with Cindy at Rice University. Restaurants were favorite destinations. She made many new friends amongst kind-hearted employees.
As a lifelong Christian Scientist, she exuded positive values, that emphasized the healing power of Love and forgiveness. She passed this legacy on to her children.
Anne passed away peacefully in her sleep, on December 5th. She is survived by her daughter, Cindy, who lives in Houston, son Rick who lives with his partner Richard, in the UK, and sister Ollie Kensinger, who is a long-time Houston resident. She is survived by many beloved nieces and nephews and their spouses and children.
A graveside burial service will be held for immediate local family members at Glenwood Cemetery at noon on Monday, December 14th, with a Memorial service hoping to be held during the summer of 2021, when her extended community of friends will all be invited.
Due to COVID 19 restrictions, the graveside service will be live streamed and recorded. You may watch by clicking on the video clip here: