Audrey Ellen (Brewer) Christensen, 90

Audrey Ellen (Brewer) Christensen was born on April 28, 1927 in Ainsworth, NE to Bertha C. (Roach) and Lloyd H. Brewer.When she was nine years old, the fam-ily moved to Forest Grove, OR due to her father’s ill health. Her youngest brother, Ronald E., was born while living in Oregon. Audrey attended the fifth grade in Oregon, af-ter which the family returned to Ainsworth. Her father passed away on March 5, 1939 at just 39 years of age, leaving her mother to raise five children on her own.Audrey worked part-time in Favinger Variety Store and Link Drug while in grade school and high school. She graduated from Ainsworth High School with the class of 1944. While a senior, she “prac-tice taught” in a rural school south of Long Pine, NE. After graduation, she was employed by North Western Bell Telephone Company for 17 years as a “hello” girl and business office clerk.Audrey was united in marriage to Archie H. Christensen on August 17, 1956 at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Ainsworth. To this union, two sons were born, Robert Lee and Kent Alan.Audrey worked at the Ainsworth Flower Shop before she and Betty Blackman opened the Hobby House in Ainsworth. After several years, they sold the Hobby House, and Audrey continued doing floral arrange-ments and weddings from her home. She enjoyed doing crafts, knitting and crocheting, and spending time with her grandchildren.Audrey was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Bertha Brewer; the love of her life, her husband, Archie, of 56 good years; two sisters, Margaret R. Welke and Myrna Rae Anderson; two brothers, Donald Dean Brewer and Ronald E. Brewer.She leaves to mourn her passing her two sons, Robert Christensen of Apache Junction, AZ and Kent Christensen (Mindy Van Sickle) of Ainsworth; five grandchildren, one great-grandchild, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.Memorial services were held on June 21, 2017 at Hoch Funeral Home in Ainsworth, with Pastor Bruce Beebout officiating the service. CD selections of “Amazing Grace” and “Old Rugged Cross” were provided. Honorary bearers were all of Audrey’s family and friends. Inurnment followed at the Ainsworth Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials were suggested to the family for a future designation. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hochfuneralhome.com.

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