Audrey LaMotte Schnebli passed away peacefully on July 30, 2018, at Spring Arbor Assisted Living in Williamsburg, Virginia. She was born to Archie and Clara (LeRoux) LaMotte on August 30, 1923, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she grew up in a home filled with music and attended school. She met a handsome young paratrooper named George Schnebli on a train and after a whirlwind long-distance romance, he proposed. She took the train to South Carolina to marry him in December of 1943. Following the ceremony, she traveled back to Minnesota to wait for his return from World War II.
Upon his return, George decided to remain in the Army and his posts included Germany, Fort Knox, Kentucky, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The Schneblis had two children, George and Geri. Audrey loved the adventures of Army life and made life-long friends whom they traveled to meet at periodic paratrooper reunions. Because she was a wonderful cook and a gifted hostess, she was a natural as an officer’s wife. She cherished the time spent entertaining friends and family in her home.
After George’s last assignment at the Pentagon, the Schneblis retired in Arlington, Virginia, where they bought their first home and lived for nearly fifty years. Both were avid golfers and enjoyed watching golf when they could no longer play. Audrey was also an active member of Saint James Catholic Church in Falls Church and loved her volunteer work and numerous friends there. Additionally, she was an accomplished seamstress, sewing for herself, her daughter, and her grandchildren. In the 1970s, she also volunteered her skills for the William and Mary Shakespeare Festival.
Audrey moved to Williamsburg in 2013 to be near her daughter. Although her memory was failing, she enjoyed family celebrations. She was pre-deceased by her husband of 67 years, her son, and her two sisters and two brothers. She is survived by her daughter, Geri Ellis of Lanexa, granddaughters Erin Ellis and Elizabeth Ellis of Williamsburg, Natalie Cheng of Bellevue, Washington, five great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
She attended Saint Olaf Catholic Church in Norge after moving to Williamsburg. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on August 3 at St. Olaf. She will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery where her husband rests at a later date.