Audrae Bailey, age 91, of Sioux Falls, formally of Parker, passed away on Monday, January 22, 2018 at her home in Sioux Falls. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Hope Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Burial will follow the lunch at Rosehill Cemetery in Parker. Visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00 pm Friday, January 26, 2018 at Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls with Prayer Service starting at 6:00 PM.
Our Mom, Audrae Bailey, peacefully passed away at her home in Sioux Falls, SD on January 22, 2018 after a short illness.
She was born on January 26, 1926 in Parker, SD to Leland and Lillian (Stevens) Stoddard. Raised in the Parker area, Mom graduated from Parker High School in 1943 and then attended Drake University in Des Moines, IA. She was a member of Chi Omega Sorority and graduated in 1947 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology.
While a college student during World War II, Audrae worked summers for the United States government in Chicago, IL at Navy Pier in various clerical positions as a member of the “Greatest Generation”. She also worked for 15 years at Sioux Valley Hospital as a Ward Secretary until her retirement in 1991.
Audrae married Robert Almond in June 1947. They lived on a farm between Hurley and Parker, SD. From this union were born 4 sons: Steve, Roger, Jeff, and Greg. Robert passed away in 1975.
Audrae was active in many church activities especially Hope Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. She was also active in the Sioux Falls Prison Ministry and the Union Gospel Mission Auxiliary. She loved music, especially the piano, and enjoyed singing and dancing.
She extensively vacationed during her life in the United States and overseas, including Rome and Jerusalem. Many of her travels were to Chicago with her sons to visit her mother, Lillian, who lived there, and to see the many sites she enjoyed during her summer years in the 1940’s.
Audrae cared deeply about her family, her extended family, and her many friends. She leaves behind her sons Steve (Bonnie) Almond of Morehead, MN, Jeff Almond of Sioux Falls, and Greg (Elaine) Almond of Harvard, NE; daughter-in-law Peggy Almond of Sioux Falls; grandchildren John Almond, Patrick (Carly) Almond, Dale (Lynette) Almond, Laurie Hoverson, James (Melissa) Almond, Brian (Daisy) Almond, and Michael (Katie) Almond; great-grandchildren Lewis Almond, Gabrielle Almond, Adrean LaForge, Gabriel and Alexis Hoverson, Arianna Riet, Makayla, Landon, and Kaden Almond, Christian, Jaden, and Elena Almond and Aria Almond; brothers and sisters Linda (Stan) Harris, Lee (Betty) Stoddard, and William (Calli) Stoddard; and many other relatives among them Ferne Liebsch, Sandra Severson, Shari Haufschild, Barb Strollman, Vera Perry, Bob Perry, Sharon Pasco, Rob Mueller, and Karla Parsons; and special friends Ruth Leverett, Helen Arntz, and Phyllis Rogers.
Audrae was preceded in death by her first and subsequent husbands Robert Almond, Edward Arntz, and Pastor Harold Bailey; her older sister Charlotte, he mother and father, son Roger, her niece Sharon Pasco and grandsons David and Aaron Almond.