Audrey Jean Rimmer was born in rural Pierson, Feb. 18, 1922, the daughter of Matthew "Mike" and Pearl (Sommers) Rimmer. She was the third of five children. She received her education at the Grand Meadow school, graduating in 1939.
Audrey married Arvin Grubb in 1940 and they were blessed with two sons, Lauren and Lyle. They farmed in the Grand Meadow and rural Kingsley areas for several years. Arvin died in 1955.
Audrey worked in several local businesses over the years including, Little Joe's with her sister-in-law Avis Campbell; Metcalf, Creasey & Thompson; Dr. Powell & Dr. Hamm; and Terry's Clover Farm.
Audrey married Arlo Grubb July 29, 1969, at Kingsley Methodist Church. They resided on the family farm in rural Kingsley until they moved into town in 1975. They enjoyed traveling to 49 of the 50 states. Audrey collected spoons from all the various places they traveled and brought home wonderful slides of their travels.
They also enjoyed camping with Audrey's siblings at Okoboji.
Their marriage of 41 years was a beautiful, living picture of devotion.
Audrey was a lifelong member of the Kingsley United Methodist Church and a member of the Kingsley United Methodist Women for more than 50 years. She was the first to respond to any need of the church family. She was always wearing the armor of Christ and strong in her faith in God.
Audrey held her family close, especially her brothers and sisters. They were always known as the "Rimmer-Party of 8." Family gatherings were always filled with laughter and love.
When Audrey was called home much of the family history was taken with her. Whenever anyone needed to know a name or a date Audrey was the one to be called.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband Arlo; her son Lauren and Patty Grubb of Kingsley, and their children Lisa and Paul Niebuhr (Elias, Elisabeth, and Evan) of Le Mars, Laura and Dierk Breytspraak of Kingsley (Kyle Grubb), Tom and Melissa Grubb of Kingsley (Aaron), and Jerry and Amy Grubb (Austin and Jonathan), all of Kingsley; her son, Lyle Grubb of Marathon and his children, Robert of Albert City, Jean and Dennis Richter of Rapid City, S.D., William and Kim also of Albert City. She will also be remembered by her sister Maxine Meister of Le Mars; her brother Ken and Hope Rimmer of Spirit Lake, her brother-in-law Art and Maroldine Grabe of Pierson; her sister-in-law Nola Heeney of Kingsley; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Audrey was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Arvin; and her sisters Lucille Riemenschneider and Ladonna Grabe.
Funeral severices will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church in Kingsley, with the Rev. Roger Kurtenbach officiating. Interment will be in the Kingsley Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be after 5:30 p.m. today (Thursday) at the United Methodist Church in Kingsley, followed by a 7:30 p.m. prayer service at the church. Visitation will continue Friday morning from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
Pallbearers will be Tom Grubb, Jerry Grubb, Dierk Breytspraak, Paul Niebuhr, Elias Niebuhr, and Kyle Grubb.
Funeral arrangements are with the Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.