Albright LIFE?participant spotlight: Audrae Rudy

Audrae Rudy decided to join Albright LIFE in March 2009, after her husband Bob became a participant in October 2008.

They became the first couple to be part of the program.

Audrae was born in 1932 in Galeton. She grew up on a large farm with three sisters and two brothers.

Despite being born with a club foot which required special shoes and numerous surgeries throughout her life, Audrae did her share of the work.

She met her future husband, Bob Rudy, on a blind date when she was 16, and they have been married for over 62 years.

Audrae and Bob are parents to three sons and a daughter who passed away.

While living in Wellsboro, they were recruited by their minister to help start a Bible school in Salisbury Center, NY.

In 1961, they worked without pay to renovate an old tuberculosis clinic into a school.

Bob was the maintenance man and Audrae was the dean of men.

Bob and Audrae spent four years at the school, after which Audrae worked as a homemaker and then with handicapped women at the Martha Lloyd School in Troy.

Bob and Audrae eventually moved to Williamsport to work as caregivers, where they retired from Tilburg’s Personal Care Home.

In addition to her interesting work life, Audrae also has a long list of hobbies and personal pursuits.

She loves crafts, gardening, sewing, feeding birds, Bible study and reminiscing. In fact, Audrae wrote down her childhood memories in a publication called, “Penny Candy and Tales from Grandma’s Porch Swing.”

She also teaches a popular Bible study class at Albright LIFE once a month called, “Fountains of Wisdom.” Audrae says she feels her ability to teach is a true calling from God.

According to Audrae, “Albright LIFE has done wonderful things for us. Before I came to Albright, I had no desire to do anything.

I had no motivation. My husband decided to come to Albright first and I was shocked because he had not been anywhere for a year.

Now he has so many projects! Then I decided to come.”

Audrae says she enjoys the Brain Fitness program, craft projects and physical therapy.

Most of all she enjoys the field trips organized by the therapy department.

Having been a participant in the LIFE program for four years now, Audrae concludes that, “no matter how old you are, you can continue to build yourself up and strengthen yourself.”