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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