Audrey Clay, 90, Bricelyn

Published 9:38 am Monday, July 29, 2013

Audrey A. Clay, 90, of Bricelyn, died Saturday, July 27, 2013, at St. John’s Lutheran Home in Albert Lea. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Bricelyn Lutheran Church in Bricelyn. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. The Rev. Nancy Greier will officiate and burial will take place at Bricelyn Lutheran Cemetery in Seely Township, Faribault County. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells is in charge of arrangements. Please see to leave online condolences.

Audrey Clay

Audrey Clay

Audrey A. Clay was born April 6, 1923, in Brush Creek Township, Faribault County, the daughter of Reinert and Ragnhild (Kvelland) Lura. Audrey was baptized and confirmed at Bricelyn Lutheran Church. She attended country school and was a technical sergeant in the Woman’s Army Corps. She married Rex Clay on Sept. 10, 1946. To this union five children were born. Audrey enjoyed gardening and cooking for her family, and over the years canned many jars of delicious pickles and jelly, which her grandchildren and great-grandchildren often requested for birthday presents. She had a beautiful flower garden and was very fond of all the songbirds that came to her feeders and houses. Her favorite times were spent with her family, sisters and brothers, cousins, children and grandchildren who over the years made lots of special memories celebrating at the home place. They played cards, visited and shared good food and laughter. Audrey was a longtime member of Bricelyn Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband, Rex, of Albert Lea; five children: daughter, Janis (Ron) Erickson of Bricelyn; four sons: Dennis (Connie) Clay of Blue Earth, Darin (Sharon) Clay of Wells, Brian (Diane) Clay of Manhattan, Ill., Kevin (Mary) Clay of Mokena, Ill. One brother, Harold Lura. Grandchildren: Michael Dunker, Shawn Dunker, Jason (Karrie) Clay, Joshua Clay, Adam (Natalie) Clay, Erick Clay, Jesse Clay, Laura Stevermer, Amy Clay, James (Sarah) Erickson, Emily (Matthew) Walker, Zachary Clay, Ethan Clay, and Savannah Clay. She is also survived by 16 great-grandchildren along with many nieces, nephews and their families.

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She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Racine, Andrew and Leon (Beatrice) Lura; sisters: Hannah (Ed) Kiihn, Olive (Otis) Johnson, Agnes (Alfred) Halvorson, Rachel (Ed) Gottwald, Elna Lura, and Freda Bluhm, and husband Roy Lund and second husband Glen Bluhm; sister-in-law Shirley Lura.