In 1953, Audrey Handloss was introduced to Haig Yaghjian, a young aspiring and talented musician from the west side of the valley. Audrey contacted some of her friends, including Margaret Rowell Popovich and the dream of the Fresno Philharmonic was born. One of her happiest moments was when she welcomed people to the first concert of the Fresno Philharmonic in 1954. It was a dream come to fruition. She left a lasting gift to the community for which her family is proud. Audrey Jeanne Price Handloss was born in Newman, CA, to Clinton David Price and the Elma Kuhns Price Barry on April 13, 1920. She passed away in Morro Bay, CA, on February 16, 2017, where she had lived for the last four years after spending 61 years in Fresno. She loved Fresno and missed it every day when she moved away. Audrey married Paul Edward A. Handloss, Jr. on November 11, 1939, at Christ Church Episcopal in Alameda, CA. Audrey lived in the bay area until her move with her husband and daughter to Fresno in 1950. She had been active in The East Bay Children's Hospital as a volunteer and wrote for the Alameda Times-Star starting during World War II. She was one of the early female reporters. After her move to Fresno, Audrey became active in the Los Ninos Guild. She was also active in the Grey Ladies hospital volunteers and The Fresno Philharmonic. "Jottings by Jeanne", was a column about the social life of Fresno which Mrs. Handloss wrote for The Fresno Bee for many years. Mrs. Handloss was an avid and talented golfer belonging to Fort Washington and Sunnyside Country Clubs. She often won her flight at various women's golf tournaments and even managed three holes-in-one. She wrote "Club Lites" for Sunnyside for many years ending when she was 87. Mrs. Handloss loved life, loved being with people, and was always active whether it was doing something for the community, playing golf, bridge or gardening. She played bridge the day before she died and won a hand. She was preceded in death by her husband Paul; and her parents. Mrs Handloss is survived by her daughters, The Rev. Patricia Handloss Stern of Duxbury, MA, and Edgecomb, ME, one of the first women ordained in the Episcopal Church, and Elizabeth Tolley and husband David, a well known Plein Air artist who has won many awards of Cayucos, CA; and seven grandchildren, Meghan Tolley Burger and husband Aaron of San Luis Obispo, CA, McKenna Tolley Ojeda and husband Michael of Bend, OR, Edward Wellington Price Stern of Stockholm, Sweden, Peter C. C. Marshall Stern and wife Megan of Ellisville, MO, and David Loring Handloss-Stern of Manhattan, New York, NY; three great-grandchildren, Gabriel Stern, Nathan and Gavin Burger; her sister, Mrs. Patricia Price Marshall of Spokane, WA; her sister-in-law, Mrs. Muriel Handloss Tansey and husband Richard of Auburn, CA; and many nieces and nephews. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra in her name at 170 N. Financial Drive, Suite 135, Fresno, CA 93720. People may offer condolences to The Rev. Patricia Handloss, P.O. Box 374, Dover, MA 02332, or Mrs. Elizabeth Tolley, 2485 Cottontail Creek Rd., Cayucos, CA 39430.
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