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Audrey Jean Miller-Bridie

July 27, 1927 May 14, 2019
Audrey Jean Miller-Bridie
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Audrey Jean (Oxley) Miller-Bridie was born in rural Taylor County, Iowa on July 26, 1927, the fourth child of Glenn and Hazel Oxley. She graduated from Clarinda High School in 1946. After working a time at the Prisoner of War Camp in Clarinda just before it closed, she worked at Lisle Corporation in the Accounting Department. During that time she married her high school sweetheart Lawson Miller and lived in Clarinda in a home they built. They later moved to the country where they farmed, raised their family, two sons and a daughter, Larry, Steve and Kathy.

Audrey loved being a homemaker, wife and mother. She was active in Extension Work and her children's 4-H work. She was a 4-H Leader and a Cub Scout Den Mother for several years. She taught Sunday School for many years and was active in Junior Church and the women's work in her church. Her faith in God and His Son Jesus Christ was steadfast and unmovable.

Later she worked in the business Lawson and she acquired in 1964, the Miller Oil Co., and after her husband Lawson died in 1974, she continued with the business with the help of her children. Lawson's office soon turned into nursery where grandchildren Josh, Ryan and Brandy filled the room with laughter, love and lots of activity. Later on Lacy, Jody, Josey and Dustin added to the fun. She loved to plan, cook and serve family dinners. She made the best french toast for hungry grandkids on Saturday nights.

In 1991, she was married to Jack Bridie of Clarinda. She and Jack prayed together for each of their family members by name daily. After Jack's death in 1996, she retired from her work at Miller Oil and spent her time enjoying her family, traveling a little and doing volunteer work.
She started taking classes at Iowa Western Community College in the '70's, just for fun she always said, completing enough credits in 2004 for an Associates Degree.

She was always active in the women's work in her church, and enjoyed the friends she made in all her activities. She was a member of the Semper Fidelis Civic Club and RSVP, W.I.S.H. Club, Hospital Auxiliary, the Nodaway Valley Historical Museum, the Glenn Miller Society, Clarinda Lied Center and the First Christian Church.

She was an avid seamstress enjoying sewing clothes for her children when they were young, baby blankets and patchwork blue jean blankets for her grandchildren and great grandchildren, quilting for each of her children. She had a green thumb and enjoyed her many houseplants and tending to her beautiful hybrid roses. She loved to read, bake and cook, listen to music, woodworking craft projects, and needlework.

Over the years, she wrote “My Story” single spaced typed that filled a double 3 ring binder of her life and her family's happenings. She was her grandchildren’s’ biggest cheerleader and fan.

She lived her Christian faith daily. She was a giver and a consistent visitor at nursing homes and the hospital to visit the sick. She was known as the favorite aunt by many as she always remembered birthdays by sending cards to each of her many, many nieces and nephews throughout the years until her forgetter started working overtime.

She endured living with dementia for over 12 years with a smile on her face and her ornery index finger pointing towards you. Throughout the years of being cared for, she continued being a blessing to visitors as well as staff with her smile, hugs, and that pointing finger.

Preceding her in death were her parents Glenn and Hazel Oxley, husbands Lawson Miller and Jack Bridie, grandson Ryan Lee Miller, son Larry Miller, daughter in law Debi Overmiller Miller, brothers Lowell Oxley and Lloyd Oxley, sisters Pauline Oxley Smith and Vesta Oxley Andrew, seven brothers in law, Adrian Andrew, Merle Smith, Leo Miller, Myron Ives, Dale Miller, Lt. Col. Bill Stephan, Gerald Warder and four sisters in law Elaine Miller Stephan, Geraldine Frist Miller, Eva Cabeen Oxley VanderLinden, Normalee Webb Miller, nieces Judy Miller Shoffit, Lynn Stephan Kinkead, and Lora Lee Miller Marley.

Surviving is her son Steve Miller, Clarinda, and daughter Kathy Porter and husband John, Greenfield, Iowa, Grandsons Josh Moses, Clarinda, Iowa, Dustin Miller, New Market, Iowa and Josey Miller and wife Stephanie, New Market, Iowa. Granddaughters Brandy Miller, Olathe, Kansas, Lacy Wood and husband Don of Rincon, Georgia, Jody Purvis and husband Mark of St. Joseph, Missouri. Her Great Grandchildren Marshall Lawson, Brodie Cassie, and Timber Jack Miller, Samantha Alexis, Cevana Brielle and Eli Ryker Wood, Collin Jacob Irwin, Hadley Reese Miller, and Oliver Lawson Moses. Also surviving are Sisters in law Jan Finnestad Oxley, Marilyn Miller Ives, Joyce Miller Warder, Norma Jean Miller Hall and husband Bob, and many, many nieces and nephews and their families.

Other survivors are Lynn and Linda Bridie of Des Moines; Larry and Shira Bridie of Clarinda, and their sons, Joshua Bridie of San Francisco, California; and Jason Bridie and his wife Sara and their sons, Jackson and Mitchel of Grimes, Iowa. Dillon Porter, Sammi Henry and their children Christian and Arabella of Greenfield, Iowa.

Mom used to laugh and say she wanted on her tombstone, “I told you I was sick.”
May she be at peace in God’s loving care.

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1:00 PM 5/19/2019 1:00:00 PM - 2:00 PM 5/19/2019 2:00:00 PM
Ritchie Funeral Home - Clarinda

222 East Washington
Clarinda, IA 51632

The family will greet friends for one hour on Sunday afternoon at the funeral home.

Ritchie Funeral Home - Clarinda
222 East Washington Clarinda 51632 IA
United States

Funeral Service




10:30 AM 5/20/2019 10:30:00 AM
Ritchie Funeral Home - Clarinda

222 East Washington
Clarinda, IA 51632

Ritchie Funeral Home - Clarinda
222 East Washington Clarinda 51632 IA
United States

Cemetery Details


Covenanter Cemetery Final Resting Place

rural Clarinda , IA 51632

rural Clarinda 51632 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

May be given in her name.


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