Veteran if the Month: Audrey Staulter

By Milan Eagle media

Audrey Staulter was born downtown Detroit on December 14, 1922. She was 1 of 6 children. Her father, an Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor, was born in Georgia and her mother, a nurse in WW I, was born in New Hampshire. Her parents both served in the military in France.
Audrey’s family moved from Detroit to a farm on Mooreville Rd. and she attended Milan High School her junior and senior year.
After graduation she attended Nursing School at Henry Ford for 4 years graduating from Nursing in 1941.
With nursing school behind her, Audrey joined The Army Nurse Corps. Camp McCoy, Wisconsin was her next “home away from home” for training.
While stationed at Camp McCoy Audrey met and married Jack, an Air Force pilot from New York. Jack was later killed in a training situation and Audrey returned to Michigan where she continued her career with additional nursing training.
She says a friend and her went into a new type of advanced nursing, they could do everything a doctor did except write prescriptions. Audrey’s brothers introduced her to a NAVY friend, Don and on December 2, 1952 they were married. All the family lived in the same Milan neighborhood. Over the years they’ve added onto the house and it’s where she still lives today. As she recalls, she’s been in Michigan all her life except for the time in Wisconsin, and most of those years were right here in Milan.
Audrey took a break from nursing to raise a family and when their 4 children were in high school she went back to school training at the U-M where she became a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She worked at Beyer Hospital briefly, then at U-M Hospital until she retired in the 80’s.
She said she really enjoyed the kids! She likes to read, belongs to a club at Marble Memorial Methodist Church where she attends and use to sing in the choir. When Don was living they did a lot of traveling. Audrey said they traveled all over the U.S. and the world. Their 4 children live in Michigan, Ann Arbor, Dexter, W. Bloomfield and Decatur and a child, spouse or grandchild is always checking in to spend time or take her on a vacation. Representing the military Lt. 1st. Class Nurse Audrey Staulter and another WW II veteran Mike Naida were the Grand Marshalls of the Memorial Day Parade in Milan this year.

The Milan Eagle thanks you for your service to our country, “the land of the free because of the brave”.

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