Friday, July 16, 2010

Frank and Audria Deme

Audria Deme was born Audria Flick on April 20, 1909, in Crawford County, Ohio. Her parents were William and Ella Schell Flick. She graduated from Crestline High School. Following a divorce, Audria and her daughter moved to Margaretta Township of Erie County, Ohio in the late 1940's.

After moving, Audria met and married Frank Deme. Frank was born in Florida, but spent most of his life in the Bay Bridge area, a small village in Margaretta Township. Frank came from a large family of Hungarian descent. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War Two. For 20 years, Frank and Audria owned and operated the Log Cabin Inn, in Bay View, Ohio. The restaurant was popular among boaters and tourists. It was conveniently located near the old Sandusky Bay Bridge. Many business meetings, family dinners, and cocktail hours were hosted at the Log Cabin Inn. On Mother's Day and Easter Sunday, it was hard to find a parking spot at the popular restaurant.

Pictured above is a serving plate from the old Log Cabin Inn. Many a platter of home fried potatoes were served on this plate, especially at dinner meetings, when customers were served banquet style. Steaks were a specialty at the Log Cabin. Many customers came back again and again, and got to know the waitresses personally.

Frank and Audria eventually sold the Log Cabin Inn, and moved to Florida, where they owned the Kerri Ann's Children's Clothing Store at Lauderdale by the Sea. Mr. and Mrs. Deme were totally devoted to each other, and they worked long hours in the businesses which they owned. Audria dressed stylishly, and always had her hair done in an attractive style throughout her life. She appeared at least 20 years younger than her actual age. Audria Deme died on October 4, 2004, at the age of 95. She was survived by three grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Frank missed Audria terribly. He passed away on July 16, 2006. Frank and Audria Deme are buried at Meadow Green Memorial Park,in Huron, Ohio, near Audria's daughter Betty.

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