Audrey Virginia Barto, 83, enjoyed golfing with her family

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Audrey Virginia Barto
Audrey Virginia Barto

Audrey Virginia Barto, 83, of Wilmington, went to the embrace of the Lord, December 18, 2015.

Audrey was born July 16, 1932, in Mullins, South Carolina, daughter of Frank and Georgianna Gerald. She met the love of her life, John D. Barto, Jr. while he was a Marine stationed at Camp Lejuene, North Carolina. They were married in 1951 and resided in Naplate, Illinois until moving to Wilmington in 2009.

Audrey was a dedicated homemaker and mother raising her children and serving as the hub for all family activities. She also served as a “Firebell” on the Ladies Auxiliary, supporting the Naplate Fire Department.

Coming from a family of six siblings, Audrey truly enjoyed the companionship and get togethers of her extended family. Several family vacations involved trips to be with other family members.

Audrey’s most enjoyable activity was playing golf. She and John were members of Da-De-Co Golf Couse where she played on the Women’s League for more than 20 years. Her most cherished moments were the times she played golf with her husband and children, which she did at every opportunity.

Audrey was a breast cancer survivor since 1982 and was a fighter to the very end. She is preceded in death by her mother and father; sisters, Jean Stephens and Georgia Mildice; and sister-in-law, Pam Gerald.

Audrey is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, John; daughter, Teresa Helms of Wilmington; sons, Mitchell Hardwick and his wife Libby of Columbia, South Carolina, John D. Barto, III and his wife Donna of Kansas City, Missouri, and the youngest, Gerry Barto of Wilmington.

She is also survived by her sisters, Frankie Ellis and her husband Gene, Margie McCaw and her husband Sam; and brothers, Don Gerald and his wife Sue, and Jimmy Gerald.

Audrey leaves behind five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Audrey’s life will be held at a later date to be announced. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Audrey’s name to the American Institute of Cancer Research.

The family would like to extend a most heartfelt “thank you” for the care and compassion demonstrated by Dr. Raja Bhat and his staff, Ceilya and Tracie.

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