Audrey Liudahl, 99, Bismarck, passed away on February 6, 2024.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, February 10, 2024 at Charity Lutheran Church, 120 Aspen Ave, Bismarck.
Visitation will be held from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM, Friday, February 9, 2024 with a prayer service starting at 7:00 PM at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck.
Burial will be held at 1:00 PM, Monday, February 12, 2024 at Riverview Cemetery, Williston, ND.
Audrey was born June 29, 1924 at Aneta, ND to Carl and Borghild (Moe) Thompson, she attended and graduated from Aneta Public School. She met her future husband, Ardell Liudahl, while attending NDSU (NDAC) at Fargo. After they were engaged, he was sent overseas to the European Theater of Operations during the war and Audrey was employed at DeLendrecies in Fargo. Twenty months later Ardell returned and they were married at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sharon, ND on April 13, 1946. After graduation at NDSU, Ardell taught at the Walsh County Agriculture School at Park River, ND and Audrey supervised the Girls Dormitory and the dining room for those students.
The desire to have their own farm led them to leave their positions in 1951 with their children, Marshall and Doreen and move to a dairy farm near Williston, ND. Their youngest son, Bruce was born three years later. Audrey worked beside Ardell in every phase of the business as they built the Liudahl Dairy. The children were often with her and she is grateful for their children who helped so faithfully as they grew.
Audrey was active in the Homemakers Club and also a leader of the 4H Club. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Williston and active with Bible Studies and women’s groups in that church.
The couple moved to Bismarck in 1974 after Ardell was appointed North Dakota State Dairy Commissioner. Their two sons ran the Liudahl Dairy until it was sold 17 months later. Audrey enjoyed planning programs, activities and entertainment for the wives of the dairymen who attended the annual Milk Producer Conventions in Bismarck and felt privileged to judge at local and state Dairy Princess Contests. Ardell passed away March 20, 1976.
Audrey was a volunteer for Med Center One in the Cancer Treatment area for 20 years. For 15 years she was a distributor of Successful Living Inspirational books and products and for 12 years demonstrated food items at various grocery stores in Bismarck/Mandan. She was involved with Christian Women's Clubs in Williston and Bismarck. Through this organization and its ministry to women, she came to believe that the most important thing in her life was to have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
In 1979, she was appointed Area Representative for the Stonecroft Ministries, which included the three Christian Women’s Clubs in the Bismarck area. She spoke and shared her testimony at clubs in North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming and Canada. She held this position for 25 years. Besides leading neighborhood Bible Studies, Audrey also led workshops at various women's retreats and worked with Lutheran Lay Renewal Weekends in ND and surrounding states. For eight years she was co-leader of Amazing Grays for Seniors at Charity Lutheran Church where she was a member.
She was proud of her children and grandchildren and made hundreds of trips to Williston and Bucyrus, ND for family time, events and to attend the school, church and 4H programs in which they participated. She gladly shared her home which was an oasis for family, friends, and colleagues who enjoyed a meal, an overnight, a weekend or longer as a place to rest. Audrey believed her Heavenly Father had a plan for her life and wanted to fit into His plan. Philippians 2:13 was her favorite Bible verse. “God is always at work in you to make you willing and able to obey His own purpose.” It was a guide to the choices she made.
Surviving family includes her sons, Marshall (Janice) Liudahl of Bismarck, Bruce Liudahl of Ennis, MT; daughter, Doreen (Harvey) Jeffers of Bismarck; grandchildren, Michael Liudahl of Bismarck, Matthew (Tena) Liudahl of Bismarck, Sandra (Mike) Mundahl of Mandan, Nancy (Mark) Moe of Naples, FL, Jill Myhre, Jake (Shawna) Liudahl of Manhattan, MT, Nick Liudahl, of Williston, ND, Lindsey DiPietro of Jacksonville, FL; 12 great-grandchildren and two sisters-in-law, Anez Thompson of Aneta, ND and Dorothy Thompson of Fargo, ND.
Audrey was preceded in death by her husband, Ardell; her parents; two brothers, Carl Thompson, Jr. and Richard Thompson and sister, Margot Jelleberg.
Memorials may be made in Audrey’s name to Charity Lutheran Church, 120 Aspen Ave, Bismarck 58503 or Stonecroft Ministries, 10561 Barkley Suite 500, Overland Park, KS 66212.