Veronica “Audrey” Armstrong passed peacefully away surrounded by her family at home in Apopka, Florida on February 27, 2023, after a well fought 7-year battle with Alzheimer’s.
Veronica, affectionately known as Audrey by all of her family and friends, was born on April 26, 1952, on the beautiful island of Jamaica to George (1923-2008) and Mansie Bennett (1927-2018). Audrey was the fifth of seven children. She developed a love for cooking from her early childhood years. She frequently visited Aunt Madue bakery and seeing her passion for cooking her mother enrolled her into a home economics school in Old Harbour in the parish of St. Catherine Jamaica where she furthered her passion for the culinary arts. This was displayed continuously as she would oft times prepare meals and bake beautiful desserts for her family. It was during her early childhood that she developed a deep sense for family and family gatherings.
In 1969 Audrey along with her family migrated to Morristown, New Jersey where she embarked on her new life and further developed her passion for the culinary arts. After a few years she met Garth, husband and life partner of 52 years. Out of that extraordinary union produced two beautiful daughters Tanya and Nadine. After living in New Jersey for many years they both had a desire to live in a warmer climate and they relocated to Orlando, Florida in December of 1987. In 1988 she became an active member of Mt. Sinai Seventh Day Adventist Church in Orlando, FL. During her membership there she was not only the Sabbath school secretary she also worked within the treasury department and was a member of the Kings Daughter Orlando Chapter. Audrey remained a faithful member until her passing.
Audrey loved God’s people and took that love with her as she worked at Florida Hospital from 1990 until 2016. During her 26 years there she worked within several departments as a unit secretary and brought laughter and smiles to many. During her time there she developed long standing friendships that she often cherished.
The Christmas holidays were Audrey’s favorite time of year. She took great pride in decorating her home inside and out as she prepared for all her family to gather to celebrate, eat and fellowship. During that time, she would showcase her superb baking skills and her infamous Jamaican black cake. She enjoyed having her family and dear friends around that she would insist on having all events at her home. Entertaining and cooking was how she expressed her love for those she cared for.
During her final years battling Alzheimer’s our loving and gracious God allowed her husband and two daughters and her beautiful caregiver Soffie to give back to her what she had poured into each of them. It was their honor to care for until her Lord and Savior called her home.
Her infectious smiles, laugh and her ability to pray with you when she knew you needed it will be missed. But we have the hope that this is not the end.
She leaves to mourn, and cherish her memory her husband Garth, her two daughters Tanya Fuller (Rodriquez), Nadine Tarpley (Donald). Her grandchildren, Deven, Danielle, Donald, Daemon, DeMetri, Derek, Deion, Dylan and Dakota. Her siblings, Erroll, Etwilla, Leanora, Earliss and George along with a host of nieces and nephews. Audrey’s previously departed loved ones are her father, George Bennet, mother, Mansie May Bennett and sister, Dr. Carmen Bennett.
Our prayer is to see her again at the first resurrection when the dead in Christ shall rise first. Our hope is to share a place with her in heaven where there will be no more death or illness.
Audrey will be greatly missed, but her gracious heavenly Father decided it was time for her to rest. Her standing ovation will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at 12pm. At Mt. Sinai Seventh Day Adventist Church 2600 Orange Center Blvd. Orlando, FL 32805. Her viewing will be on March 12, 2023, from 11am - 12pm