Aubrey Lee Worden
Apr 7, 1936 - Apr 5, 2016
Aubrey went to his eternal home at the age of 80 on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at his assisted living home.
A Simple Beginning
Although his birth certificate lists his birthplace as Weatherford, Texas, Parker County, Aubrey was actually born on his Grandmother Massie’s farm in the small community of Brock. Brock was an equal distance between Weatherford which is to the East of Mineral Springs and Palo Pinto County which is to the West. He was weighed on his family’s cotton scale at 13 pounds just two days after his birth.
Aubrey was born to Burdges Worden and Lorene Massie, both deceased and was the oldest of five siblings-sister Barbara-deceased, brother Joe-deceased, sister Shirely-deceased, and brother Mickael and sister-in-law Morene who survive him.
He attended first grade in Grayford, Texas, in September 1942. His teacher was Ola Ady who was six feet tall and scared the grades (straight A’s) right out of him. But he did enjoy hier as his teacher and she instilled a love of learning in him that lasted all of his life. He attended second grade in a one room schoolhouse in Littlefield, Bend. During second, third and forth grades he went to live with his Grandmother and Grandfather Worden as his mother was diagnosed with TB and placed in a sanitarium for 2 years. (Later to be proved as a false diagnosis.) His dad was away at Forth Worth working for Consolidated Aircraft during World War II. He enjoyed his time with his grandparents and had many tales to tell. His fifth and sixth grades were spent in Garner, Texas, where his dad was then a shareholder in a peanut farm. Many times he rode his horse to school because his dad said the bus didn’t get him home in time to do his chores. He had hi own acre plot where he grew watermelons as a Future Farmer project and sold the melons on Saturday at the Farmer’s Market in Weatherford for 10 cents a pound.
His dad decided to move to California for better job opportunities in February of 1948. The rest of the family followed in the spring of 1948, with four children ages 12, 9, 6 and 1 riding in the back of a short bed pick up truck. It was the longest 1800 miles he could ever remember! They arrived in Porterville, California and lived in a tent until they found a house.
Aubrey completed seventh and eighth grades at Burton School where he was way ahead of all the other students in his lessons. From 1951-1954 he attended Porterville High School from ninth to Twelfth grade. His love of football continued through all the grades, including junior college, where he was selected as a member of the All American Team in 1955 and was awarded a Certificate of Honor. He continued his education at Cal State University where he earned a scholarship to play football. Unfortunately, a head injury ended his career and he returned to Porterville to marry his high school sweetheart in 1956. They moved to Sacramento, CA, where he planned to find part time employment while continuing his education at Sacramento State University. Instead, he landed a full time job at the Sacramento Bee newspaper as a District Manager in the Circulation Department for the next 35 years and eventually became a member of the 25 year club.
In the years to come he was baptized, and then became a member at Town and Country Lutheran Church where he enjoyed being a part of the church family, singing in the choir and serving the school children lunch after he had retired. He enjoyed fishing, camping and hunting with his good buddies. He loved to do woodwork and was known for his birdhouses, which he usually gave away. Alzheimers eventually took hold of his mind and body, but his good buddies still came and took him out for coffee and donuts.
Aubrey is survived by his wife Marcia, of 59 years, a daughter, Rhonda-deceased in 1976, a son, Randy, a daughter-in-law, Shelly and granddaugher, Marissa, a brother Mickael and siter-in-law Morene, as wall as sister-in-laws Pat Worden and Nancy Chadwell.
Memorial services will be held Tuesday, April 12th at 11:00am at Town and Country Lutheran Church, 4049 Marconi Avenue, Sacramento, CA. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Town and Country Christian Academy.
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