In memory of

Audrey Marple

September 1, 1921 - April 24, 2021
From: Sac City, IA
Audrey Marple

Audrey Marple

Born: September 1, 1921
Died: April 24, 2021
Age: 99
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   Audrey Marple, age 99 of Sac City, IA, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at Park View Rehabilitation Center in Sac City.
   Audrey Joyce Richardson was born September 1, 1921, near Nemaha, Iowa in Sac County.  She was the firstborn to her parents Frank and Irene (Hoech) Richardson.  She was baptized at the Nemaha Methodist Church and was affiliated with the Methodist churches of Nemaha and Sac City all her life.
   Audrey entered school at Nemaha.  While in fifth grade, the family moved to a farm near Sac City where she graduated with the class of 1938.  After attending Iowa State Teachers College (UNI) in Cedar Falls, she taught school at Archer and Aurelia, Iowa.
   Audrey was united in marriage to Clyde Marple on December 16, 1942, at the United Methodist Church in Sac City.  They lived the first two years of their married life on a farm near Fonda.  Their next home was on a farm near Nemaha close to Audrey’s birthplace, where they lived for 55 years and raised two children, Dennis and Debra.  In 1968-69 they added to their family by hosting an exchange student, Cecilia Heinrich from Malmo, Sweden.  In 1998 they moved to Oak Terrace Estates in Sac City; Clyde passed away in 2007, and Audrey continued to live there until moving to Park View in 2016.
   Audrey enjoyed traveling.  She and Clyde traveled in nearly all 50 states and in Europe.  She served on the organizing committee of the Nemaha Federated Women’s Club and was active with the Nemaha United Methodist Church, serving on the church board, in UMW, and teaching Sunday School.  Sewing, making quilts, reading, puzzles and playing cards were her hobbies.  Audrey was happy helping Clyde with the farming whenever necessary and continued her interest in farming after moving to town.  In her later years, she enjoyed the weekly Bingo games and the Bible Study groups at Park View as well as outings for fishing, boat rides, breakfast, and rides around the countryside. 
   Left to miss her smile and encouraging words are her son Dennis and wife Jan of Auburn, Alabama; her daughter Debra of Sac City, Iowa; and exchange student Cecilia Stenstrom of Lund, Sweden; grandchildren Mary Lynne (Dudley) Dent of Auburn, Alabama and David (Erica) Marple of Sandy Springs, Georgia; great-grandchildren Baxter and Virginia Dent, Gianna and Milan Guenther, and Rocco and Giovanni Marple.  Other survivors include many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and a host of friends.
   Audrey was preceded in death by her husband Clyde; her parents; her brother Neil (Rosemary) Richardson; parents-in-law Wilbur and Ethel Marple; sisters-in-law Maurine (LaVerne, Ben) Carlson Bogue and Geraldine (Richard) Mullins; and brothers-in-law Claire (Mavis) Marple and Kenneth (Delores) Marple.

Memorials may be made in Audrey's memory to the following places:

Nemaha United Methodist Church                                 
120 4th Avenue North                                                      
Nemaha, Iowa 50567       

Sac City Public Library
1001 West Main Street
Sac City, Iowa 50583                                                 
Masks Required
2:30 p.m., Wednesday
April 28, 2021
United Methodist Church
Nemaha, Iowa
Livestream Available
Passcode: Marple

Pastor Betty Kiboko
6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday
April 27, 2021
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
Oakland Cemetery
Sac City, Iowa


Friday, April 30, 2021 at 12:23 PM
“She was a wonderful day. Her smile would brighten the day. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Blessings and peace to Deb.”
- Jan and Steve Pullen
Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 9:01 AM
“I enjoyed visiting with Audrey at both Oak Terrace and Park View. She was a very interesting lunch table partner for my Mother (JoAnn Galbraith/Bromley/Corderman). She always seemed to be the shining light in the room and will be dearly missed. ”
- Jeanette and James Chupp
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 10:02 AM
“I enjoyed Audrey's visit to the Sac City Library all the years I worked there.”
- Cathie Hass
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 10:02 AM
“Deb & Dennis Know it's always hard to say goodbye to our mother but she certainly lived a long life. Remember her as Nemaha lady and all your family from there. Saw her few times in last years in Sac and she always was still smiling and able to enjoy life, Thinking of all of you and may God give you His peace and comfort. Don & Mary Ellen Hatch”
- Mary Ellen Hatch
Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 7:25 PM
“God is our refuge and strength. May the hope of Heaven give you peace, and the tender touch our Heavenly God bring you comfort. When our loss fills us with sorrow, when tears express our hearts deepest feelings God comfort comes. When we reflect upon the mysteries of life and the wonders of heaven hope abides. Audrey brought pure delight and joy to the Tuesday morning Bible Study group. She was my Upper Room devotional friend. Hope, joy, peace and Christian love, comfort and guidance to all family and friends.”
- Pastor Missy Brown
Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 12:14 PM
“Many church memories of your mom throughout the years. May she Rest In Peace. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. ”
- Marilee (Fredericksen) Kleespies
Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 12:14 PM
“My sympathy to all. She was a force of nature and greatly missed. ”
- Gale Johnaon
Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 12:14 PM
“Sincere sympathy to Audrey's family. Always had a smile for everyone. She will be greatly missed.”
- Jackie Hellmann
Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 12:14 PM
“Deb and family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. I remember her as a classy lady and I remember her laugh. We had lots of fun with slumber parties and 4-H demonstrations. May you be blessed with pleasant memories. May you be blessed in His Arms of Comfort.”
- Carol Klopfenstein Gottsch
Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 12:14 PM
“Deb I'm so sorry to hear about Audrey's passing. She was a one of a kind. I have missed seeing her since I left. Please know your all in my prayers. ”
- Heather Remmick
Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 12:14 PM
“My thoughts and prayers to Deb and family... Audrey was an amazing lady...”
- Crystal
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