Audree Nelsen, age 84, of Dell Rapids passed away on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at the Sanford Hospice Cottage in Sioux Falls.
AuDree was born April 12, 1928 in Dell Rapids to Lester and Myrtle Reiff. AuDree graduated from Dell Rapids High School and Nettleton Business College. She worked at Northwest Security Bank until her marriage to Robert M. Nelsen on May 22, 1948 in AuDree’s rural Chester family home. They farmed in the Colman area their entire life. Robert died in 2007.
She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Dell Rapids serving as treasurer and was on the Board of Trustees and on many other committees. She was active in Bible studies, ABW, Homebuilders, ABW Sewing and Quilting and Morning Glories. She enjoyed gardening, feeding the birds, playing cards, puzzles and dominoes. She especially enjoyed playing board games and making cookies with her grandchildren.
AuDree was preceded in death by her husband, her son, Steven in 2010, her parents and three grandchildren.
Those left to cherish her memory are her sons: Marvin (Beth) of Sioux Falls, Ronald (Shari) of Dell Rapids and Scott (Cheryl) of Colman; her 14 grandchildren: Christina (David) Miller, Kellie (Neil) Groon, Katey (Daniel) Geraets, Cayla (Brian) Rush, Michael (Autumn) Nelsen, Amy (Dan) Huwe, Christopher Nelsen, Brendon Nelsen, Dereck (Alainna) Nelsen, Brooke Kaiser, Andrew (Jill) Ahlers, Ashley (John) Reiser, Dylan Nelsen and Victoria Nelsen; her 15 great grandchildren, Nicholle, Hayden, Kaden, Hailee, Connor, Shikago, Austin, Mallory, Danielle, Christopher, Lucas, Bella, Landyn, Breckyn and Laikyn; her brother: Roger (Marilyn) Reiff of Wentworth; her brothers-in-law: Russell (Shirley) Nelsen and Roger (Joyce) Nelsen; her sister-in-law: Nellie Dissing; her special friends, Dianne Crisp and Alice Scott and many other friends, nieces and nephews.
Her funeral service was Wednesday, October 3, 2012 in the First Baptist Church, Dell Rapids.