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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Audrey Sieh
AudreyM.Sieh, 82, formerly of Paullina, passed away Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009 at her home in Ames, where she had lived since 2000 with her son Barry. Audrey died from complications with her lungs. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. Rev. Ethan Sayler will officiate. Burial will be in the O'Brien-Liberty Cemetery at Calumet. There will be a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home on Friday. Visitation will be on Thursday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. with the family present from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. Online condolences can be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.

Audrey was born on June 3, 1927 in Barry, South Wales, UK. to Robert and Millicent (Prichard) Hartery She graduated from high school and then went on to graduate from Business School . She then worked for a Shipping Yard in Cardiff, South Wales. She met her future husband during WW II, and after the war she came to America.

She was married to Claudius Sieh on Dec. 3, 1946 in Sioux City. She held many different jobs in her life. When they were first married, the couple lived on a farm near Calumet where their first two children, Robert and Claudia, were born. They moved to Sanborn in the early 1950's. At this time Audrey worked in Hartley candlleing eggs, and also worked a short time as a waitress at J's CafÈ in Sanborn. While living in Sanborn, her third child , Sharon , and her fourth child ,Barry, were born.

In the early sixties the family moved to Gaza ,where they lived for a couple of years before moving to Paullina in 1962. Audrey worked for 15 years at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute as a Charge Aide on the North side, working mainly on North 3. Her next job was working in Orange City and Marcus for K-Products for several years. After retirement, she went to work for Green Thumb and she held a few jobs with them. She also worked at the Paullina Community School Library, and for many years worked at the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation with R.J. Baker.

Audrey loved anything to do with Iowa State Universit, and one of her favorite things was going to all the different games on campus with her son. She also enjoyed reading mystery books and doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles. Bingo was one of her favorite things to do, until her health failed. Her grandchildren meant a lot to her and she enjoyed the time she spent with them. Audrey had a kitty that was her very faithful companion and kept her company at all times. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Claudius, a daughter Sharon Kay Johnson, a daughter-in-law Maurine Sieh; three sisters Edwina Bamber, Frances Kiddie and Margret Williams; three sisters-in-law Elnora Hoffman, Catherine Rhein and Luella Tesch; five brothers-in-law Franz Sieh, Kurt Hoffman, George Bamber, George Williams and Bill Kiddie.

Left to cherish her memory are her two sons and one daughter: Robert Sieh of Gilbert; Barry Sieh of Ames; Claudia Brown and her husband David of Cherokee; three granddaughters, Andrea McIrvin and her husband Wayne of Paullina; Melinda Brown of Staunton, Va.; and Jennifer Martin and her husband Chris of Omaha, Neb.; two grandsons, Dr. Robert Sieh, DPT of Des Moines, and Gregory Johnson of Cherokee; one great-grandson, Jack McIrvin of Paullina; one brother, Robert Hartery and his wife Dorothy of Barry, South Wales, UK; her sister, Dorothy Rees and her husband Lionel of Barry ,South Wales, UK; and also many nieces and nephews in both Wales and the United States.