The widow of the famed children’s author Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) has died on Wednesday December 19, 2018. You might not know her name (Audrey Geisel), but she has been responsible and in charge of the Dr. Seuss estate and protector of the Dr. Seuss legacy since Dr. Seuss died in 1991. She passed on at her home in San Diego at the age of 97.
Audrey’s death was announced by Random House Children’s Books, which was her husband’s publisher.
Prior to Dr. Seusses death, he asked his wife Audrey to be in charge of all of the characters and creations that he thought of and created over the years. Some of these include but are not limited to The Cat in the Hat, The Grinch, Horton and many more.
Keeping the Dr. Seuss legacy in tact became her mission in life. She was responsible for a large operation of publishers, film projects, games and other products that contained or use the Dr. Seuss name or characters.
Audrey was personally involved and influenced much of the marketing and material that was released since 1991.
“You keep a firm control as if they really were your children,” Geisel told The Associated Press in 1998. “I don’t want the Cat in a bad part of town, so to speak.”
In her obituary written by one of her daughters, Geisel was though of and remembered as a woman who loved holidays, never complained, loved “dancing cheek to cheek” and was an “extraordinary whistler.”
“Mom was petite, beautiful, strong-willed, charming and fun,” she wrote in the obituary, which was published by the San Diego Union-Tribune. “She never looked back — only forward — and she had a great spirit for life. She sailed forth with that distinctive walk: head up, shoulders back, jaunty, as if she had just twirled her baton.”
We will miss you Mrs. Seuss!