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Audrey Pauline Schuman Merrill Sanford Otten
January 28, 1922–April 15, 2011
Audrey P. Otten, 89, of Oxford Junction, Iowa, died Friday morning April 15, 2011, at the Jones Regional Medical Center in Anamosa.
A Celebration of her life service was held on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at Lahey Funeral Home in Oxford Junction, where friends called from 10:00 a.m. until the service time. Burial was in Hoover Cemetery, Troy Mills, Iowa.
Audrey Pauline Schuman was born January 28, 1922, in rural Anamosa, Iowa, to Harold and Zelma (Betzer) Schuman. She married Dick Merrill, she then married William "Sandy" Sanford; he preceded her in death. She later married Ben Otten in Nashua, Iowa; he preceded her in death.
Audrey enjoyed gardening, horses, the outdoors, and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her five children, Bobbie (Jim Roark) (Ray) Twitty of Bettendorf, Phyllis (Jeanie) Williams of Lisbon, Jannet (Brett) Grunnder of Waynesville, Missouri, Tom (Deb) Otten of Oxford Junction, and Tammy Clark of Davenport; a step-son, Ben Otten, Jr., of Dubuque; twenty-three grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Laurie (Jack) Otten and Susie (Sanford) Montgomery, both of Tipton; one sister, Donna Valenta of Center Point; and a sister-in-law, Millie (Bud) Schuman of Mt. Vernon.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, three sons, Kenneth Merrill, Bill Sanford and Jack Otten, a step-daughter Dorothy Snow, a daughter-in-law, Pattie (Bill) Sanford, a son-in-law, Brett Grunnder, and one brother, Leonard "Bud" Schuman.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, 22 Apr 2011

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