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Audrey L. O’Connell

World-traveling beauty queen

January 2, 2014
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Audrey L. O'Connell Robertson passed away in Chevy Chase, Md., Dec. 20, of heart disease at age 87. She was born in Washington D.C. Jan. 20, 1926 to Earl and Kathyrn (nee Fowler) Inscoe, with Earl born in the Historic Old Stone House in Georgetown. A second generation Washingtonian, she met her first husband William "Duke" O'Connell at Western High School in NW, D.C., and married Sept. 15, 1946, having two children, Patrick and Kathleen. They divorced in 1963, and Audrey remarried in 1972 to WWII Navy LCDR Wesley Robertson, living happily together until 2004, when her husband of 32 years passed away.

A former beauty queen and pinup, Audrey brought awareness to our WWII wounded heroes after her husband was wounded in combat by representing the Mid-Atlantic in the Disabled American Veterans beauty contest, eventually being crowned "America's Sweetheart" in 1947.

Avid traveler and food connoisseur, her 20-year career in the (TWA) airline industry took her across the globe. Her love for travel inspired her to set up longterm residences in Spain, Fort Myers Beach, and Chevy Chase, Md. She moved to Fort Myers Beach in 1972 and loved this home and island the best of all.

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She will be deeply missed by her son and daughter-in-law, Patrick and Geri O'Connell of Old Town Alexandria; her daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Joe McGuinness of Potomac, Md., and her three stepchildren: Bruce, Glen and Corrine Robertson. She loved spending time with her family, including her six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She was admired and loved by many, and was particularly appreciated for her good sense of humor and "wicked" wit. She was the cornerstone of a loving family.

Arrangements are pending for military burial at Arlington National Cemetery and a Jan. 10 memorial service on Fort Myers Beach. Final arrangements will be provided shortly in her death notice.

 
 

 

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