Audrey Holbert

Jan. 30, 1931-Aug. 21, 2014

Audrey Christine Holbert, 83, Spokane, Wash., and formerly of Parshall, Newburg and Minot, died on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in a Spokane hospital.

Audrey was born on Jan. 30, 1931, in Waite Park, Minn., to Knute and Ella (Anderson) Carlson. She was reared and educated in Odessa, Minn., and graduated from Odessa High School in 1949. As a young adult she was employed as a switchboard operator in Aberdeen, S.D.

Audrey married Howard Holbert on Dec. 24, 1953, in Britton, S.D. They made their home in Britton prior to moving to Parshall in 1963 where she was employed as a dental assistant by Dr. Harold Swatter from 1967 to 1977 and where they owned and operated the Standard Oil Service Station. They moved to Newburg in 1978 where Audrey was self-employed as a seamstress prior to moving to Minot in 2004. Howard died on Aug. 7, 2006. Audrey moved to Spokane in May 2008.

Audrey attended First Lutheran Church, Parshall, Dovre Lutheran Church, Newburg, and Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot. She especially loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed and was renowned for her skills in crocheting, sewing and quilting.

Audrey’s loving family includes: her children, retired Col. Mike (Angela) Holbert of Woodbridge, Va., Joanne (Robert) Diffely of Plaza and retired Chief Master Sergeant Steve (Heidi) Holbert of Spokane; and her sons-in-law, Mark (Neva) Walsh, Williston, and Tony Rademacher, New Rockford. Her grandchildren include Shawn (Sonja) Diffely, Jason (Denise) Diffely, Steven (Abby) Diffely, Chad Diffely, Melissa (Kristen) Schepp, Jon (Dawn) Walsh, Jennifer (Shawn) Damron, Abigail, Christian, Elizabeth and Grant Holbert, Corey (Shannon) Rademacher, James (Delaine) Rademacher, Tina Hilbert and Alex Kimbrough. Her great-grandchildren are Bree, Lexi, Ellie and Grayson Diffely, Kinsey, Megan and Lynzee Schepp, Colby, Logan and Jayden Walsh, Harley and Cheyanne Damron, Savannah, Carsyn, Clayre and Coltyn Hilbert, Sam Jaeger, Beau and Ryder Rademacher, Braxton and Brayton Meehan and Brayden Kimbrough. Other survivors include her brother Lloyd (Carol) Carlson of Greeley, Colo., and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Audrey was preceded in death by: her husband and daughters, Connie Rademacher and Debbie Walsh; great-granddaughter, Kailei Walsh; and her sisters, Myrna Howen and Jeanette Schulte.

Celebration of the Life of Audrey Holbert: Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 11 a.m. in Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot.

Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.

Visitation: Today, Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 3 to 6 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.

Memorials are preferred to: American Cancer Society.

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