Life Story Services
Friday, April 28, 2023
5:00 PM EDT
Betzler Life Story Funeral Homes
6080 Stadium Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Where food, drinks, and stories will be shared.
At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.
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Life Story / Obituary
Live life to the fullest! A statement spoken by many for a multitude of reasons. These words were the embodiment of how Audrey Pride lived her life. Diagnosed with a heart condition at an early age never stopped Audrey from devoting her life to her twin daughters or traveling with her family every chance she got. Audrey made up her mind to be a true friend to many, dedicate her life to caring for her twin daughters, and being a loving wife to her husband. Audrey made sure to love her family with her whole heart, always making sure to attend every family function and event. Those that knew Audrey often described her as having determination, grit, and character. Audrey has left this world too soon but has also left footprints on the hearts of those that knew and loved her forever.
Greg (Donald) and Madeleine Alexander, April 11, 1971, was a very precious day as they welcomed their daughter, Audrey. Audrey was one of three children for Donald and Madeleine. The couple also had children Allison and Andrew. Greg (Donald) Alexander worked as a Spanish Teacher, Principal, and Superintendent for Martin High School. Madeleine Alexander worked as a Radiographer for Kalamazoo Radiology. Audrey grew up in both Parchment and Martin Michigan. The Alexander family enjoyed tent camping, annual trips to Florida and weekends at the family cottage.
Graduating from Martin High School in 1989, Audrey went on to Attend Western Michigan University. She graduated in 1993 with a BSA and again in 2002 with an MA. While in high school, Audrey enjoyed being a band member and was first chair and soloist. She was also a member of the National Honor Society. Audrey loved spending time with those that she loved most. In 1987 during high school, Audrey met a young man named, Steve Pride. The couple shared their first date at a Schoolcraft/Martin football game. The pair began dating in 1987 and committed their hearts to each other in marriage on August 6, 1994. Early in their relationship, Audrey and Steve enjoyed going to the movies and dinner. Audrey never gave up on her dream to have children. She was determined to have children of her own. After a heartbreaking and grueling journey, Steve and Audrey welcomed their beloved twin daughters, Anna & Clara, on Valentine’s Day in 2008. The proudest moment of Audrey’s life was the birth of her twins. From that moment on, she dedicated her life to being a wonderful and loving mother. Always attending every sporting event despite not enjoying sports very much.
Once the twins were born, the family enjoyed making many fun memories together. The annual trip to cut a family Christmas tree down being one of Audrey’s favorites. She also would take an annual girl’s trip with Anna and Clara and her friend Jennifer Kroll who also had twin daughters. All the spare time that Audrey had was spent with her family and friends. Audrey loved to get together on the holidays and attend family gatherings. Traveling was another favorite of Audrey’s. She loved going places with her daughters and husband. The family just recently returned from a trip to Madrid, Spain.
Audrey built many lifelong friendships during her tenure at Vicksburg High School as a Spanish and Social Studies teacher. She committed herself to every one of her students. Audrey also had a passion for speaking Spanish both in the classroom and at home to her family. Some of Audrey’s hobbies included: scrapbooking, sewing, and crafting with her daughters. An avid HGTV viewer, Audrey also enjoyed updating and renovating her home. As an avid reader, Audrey loved to visit the Antwerp Library. She would share books with friends as well as recommendations on titles.
“I am going to live life.” Audrey often said this throughout her life and was never one to be dragged down by her lifelong heart condition. Many did not know how sick she was or the health issues that she struggled with daily. Instead of dwelling on her health issues, Audrey decided to devote herself to being a dedicated mother, friend, and partner to her husband. Family always came first. Famous actor, Michael J. Fox, once said, “Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” Audrey certainly lived her life proving that family truly is everything.
Audrey Pride died on Tuesday, April 18, 2023. Members of her family include her husband Steve, her daughters: Anna Elizabeth and Clara Guinevere Pride; siblings: Allison (David) Boysen and Andrew Alexander (Jillian Sevick); her mother, Madeleine Alexander. She was preceded in death by her father, Greg (Donald) Alexander
A Life Story Service will be held Friday, April 28 at 4 pm at Betzler Life Story Funeral Homes, 6080 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo (269) 375-2900. A reception will where food, drinks, and stories will be shared will follow in the Life Story Center. Please visit Audrey’s webpage at BetzlerLifeStory.com to archive favorite memories, photos, and sign her guestbook. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.