Audrey Ann Kruger Magnuson
1933 - 2020
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Audrey Ann Kruger Magnuson
Dec. 25, 1933 - Sept. 16, 2020
Audrey Ann Kruger Magnuson, 86, of Portland, Ore., passed away Sept. 16, 2020.
Audrey was born in Sheldon, Iowa, Dec. 25, 1933, to parents Alfred George Kruger Sr. and Myrtle Winifred Evans Kruger. As a young child, Audrey attended a one-room schoolhouse in Sioux County. She contracted Polio at age 12. Audrey later graduated from Sheldon High School with a class of 52 people in 1951.
Audrey attended Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas, before she was commissioned as a Parish Worker in home congregation in her hometown of Sheldon by Pastor Schiffler. She was then called to St. Paul Lutheran in Portland, Ore., where she served as a Parish Worker for eight years.
At St. Paul, Audrey met Robert Magnuson. They married Nov. 20, 1960, and would have celebrated 60 years in two months. After their children were born, Audrey served as office administrator and then preschool director at Gethsemane Lutheran before retiring in the late 90s.
Audrey is survived by her husband, Robert; her brother, Al Kruger Jr.; her four children, Sharon, Jim, Claire (Miller) and Ann (Kilstrom); her two sons-in-law, Garth Miller and Lonn Kilstrom; her nine grandchildren, Marie, Audrey, John, Cory and Jenna Miller; Andrew, Helena, Nathan and Parker Kilstrom; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her brothers, Don and John Kruger; and sister, Virginia Horn.
A devout member of the Lutheran Church (ELCA), Audrey never failed to leave a positive mark on people. A cherished mother, grandmother, wife and friend, Audrey was loved by all. She lived her life by her favorite Bible passage, Romans 12, which calls for Living Sacrifice, Humble Service in the Body of Christ, and Love in Action.
Audrey displayed a passion for life with particular interests in gardening, reading, sewing, crafting, cooking, spending time with family and cheering for her Portland Trail Blazers. Audrey possessed an uncommon talent for bringing the good out of people, providing constant joy to the world with her infectious laugh and relentless service to her community. Audrey displayed unwavering care for the world around her, and she loved all people. She will be missed dearly.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Gethsemane at a later date when we can gather after the pandemic. Donations may be made in Audrey's name to Gethsemane Lutheran Church or SnowCap Community Charities. Mt. Scott Funeral Home will post this obituary and host an online guest book to share connections and stories.
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Published in The Oregonian from Sep. 18 to Sep. 20, 2020.
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October 2, 2020
Hi to you all. So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I am sure this is such a difficult time. May you be strengthened in knowing she is in Heaven. You are in my prayers. Much love, Sheri
Sheri Winters
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September 23, 2020
Of all the wonderful memories I have of Audrey throughout the many years I've known her, the most special one happened when I was a brand new member of Gethsemane. I came to Sunday services, but was a bit shy about meeting and connecting with others in the congregation. Then one day, Audrey called me and invited me to come help out stuffing envelopes for a church mailing. It gave me an opportunity to meet others in a relaxed way and have them get to know me as well. I have never forgotten how caring a gesture that was. And that was Audrey-- always reaching out and caring for others. May God keep her in His loving care.
Gloria Kelsay
Friend
September 20, 2020
I'm sorry to read of the passing of "Miss Audrey" as we children called her back at St Paul. I can see her beautiful smile. I remember her talking to my mother in the narthex, and driving a tiny little car. I'm a senior citizen now, but Miss Audrey will forever live in my memory as a beautiful young, servant of our Lord.
Susan (Urbach) Milke
Friend
September 20, 2020
I came to Portland in 1956 as parish wprker at Peace Lutheran and was told "you need to meet the parish worker at St. Paul Lutheran as she can help you and will be a good friend." What a friend she has been! Our oldest daughters are the same age as is our youngest. We both joined Gethsemane Lutheran and continued our friendship. After Audrey's retirement as preschool director and office administrator at Gethsemane she asked me about working at Loaves & Fishes. I was Center manager at Cherry Blossom Center. She came and was the Meals on Wheels coordinator. She said she would work one year and she was going to take me into retirement. I retired a couple of weeks before she did. She planned my retirement and what a party it was! Thank you dear friend for a great 64 years. I have one request as you are welcomed by our Lord to Heaven put a good word in for me. Blessings to her family and remember all the great memories.

Lois Sheldon
Friend
September 20, 2020
When Audrey was the parish secretary at St. Paul in 1956, she answered a call from my mom asking questions about where a young woman raised Catholic and a young man brought up Baptist could be married. Audrey and Bob became close friends with my parents and St. Paul became our family's church home for decades. She encouraged my mom and dad to volunteer with the youth group, and they became active in the congregation in so many different roles, thanks to Audrey's encouragement. I imagine my mom and Audrey are having a great conversation right now in heaven and are honored to be in our cloud of witnesses and encouragers as we have said our temporary good-byes to them. Please know that the family of Jim and Judy Garrett are holding you in our hearts and prayers during this sad time. Please let us know if you need anything at all! Love, Barbie (Garrett) Tew
Barbie Tew
Friend
September 20, 2020
I have wonderful memories of Miss Audrey when she was our parish worker at St Paul. My condolences to Bob and family. Joan Applegate Richards.
Joan Applegate Richards
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September 19, 2020
Audrey was the parish worker at St Paul when we first came to Portland in late 1957. We were about the same age and we became friends. We were there for 7 or 8 years helped plant a new church near us. She and Bob moved near us in NE Portland. They moved in near us in Summerplace some time ago. We will miss Audrey. Darrell &Kae Bains
Darrell Bains
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