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Audrey Sabby 05/10/2024

Audrey Helen Sabby passed away at her home on Friday, May 10th, 2024 at the age of 84 after a beautifully lived life. Full of love, laughter and resilience, Audrey and her smile touched the lives of all who knew her.

Audrey was born on March 1st in Baldwin, Wisconsin to Helen and Oliver Larson. She grew up on a small farm and walked to Willow Hill Country School with her brothers each day. The family moved to River Falls where she attended RFHS and made many life-long friends there and enjoyed a reign as Prom Queen. During high school Audrey met Kenny, the love of her life. They married shortly after graduating and would spend the next 64 years of marriage together; all after accepting a ride in his ‘46 Ford Coupe.

Audrey lived in River Falls in the same house for the rest of her life. Her home was one of her favorite places, especially when it was filled with family. Audrey worked at the First National bank in St. Paul and River Falls until she had her three kids. She stayed at home until the kids were in school, and then worked at Westside School until she retired. During those years she also enjoyed bowling every Wednesday night with the girls representing River Falls State Bank.

Audrey’s greatest joy was her family. She cherished time she spent with them and would connect with family daily. She was quick to master the art of text messaging to be able to connect, especially with her grandkids. Phone calls and text messages aside, it will be her smile and her laugh along with her Gramma hugs her family will miss the most.

Audrey’s friends also meant the world to her. She loved getting together for breakfast and attending her high school friends’ monthly lunches. There weren’t many times Audrey wasn’t with Kenny, and his companionship lead them on many adventures in the motorhome, spending time at the cabin, and being part of Northern Vintage Racing. She was an avid reader and watched every single Hallmark movie produced. And although she rarely shared it, her secret talent was her beautiful singing voice.

Rush River Lutheran Church was incredibly important to Audrey. It’s where she gained her incredible faith, strength and generosity. She was baptized, confirmed, married and her funeral service will be there as well. She loved going to church, but in recent years became an avid watcher of the online service. Audrey’s Sandbakelse cookies are well known at Rush River, and her house was filled with the smell of dozens and dozens of her delicious cookies every year for the annual church supper.

To her family, Audrey exemplified constant love, incredible strength, faith, loyalty, kindness, selflessness and humility. Her glass was always more than half full and her family feels incredible luck and gratitude for having her as a role model.

Audrey was a preceded in death by her parents Helen and Oliver Larson; Mother in law Helma and father in law Fred; sisters-in-law Marilyn and Marge; and special nephew Danny Larson.

Audrey will forever remain in the hearts of family that survives her; husband Kenny; daughter Terri (favorite and only son-in-law Dave); daughter Traci; son Christopher and special daughter-in-law Jenny; Grandchildren Miranda (John); Katlyn, Alexis and Carissa; and great-granddaughter Isla Jo. She is also survived by four brothers; Eugene (Carol), Leroy (Karen), Jim and Dave (Geraldine), along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A final goodbye to Audrey will be held at Rush River Lutheran Church (8605 County Road Y, River Falls, Wisconsin) on Sunday, June 9th with Visitation at 1:00pm, Funeral service at 2:30pm and memory sharing to follow in the church basement.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be directed to Rush River Lutheran Church.

Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • Rose Walker Posted May 13, 2024 8:16 am

    Dear Ken and family, I am so very sorry for your loss of Audrey.

  • Lynn Gednalske Posted May 13, 2024 10:49 am

    There will never be another as wonderful as Audrey. She was a blessing to everyone she knew.

  • Amy Hafeman Posted May 13, 2024 1:35 pm

    Audrey was a kind, beautiful, funny and caring person. She will truly be missed! Sending love and hugs to her family and friends.❤️

  • Amy Cernohous Posted May 14, 2024 2:46 pm

    Ken and Family, I’m so sorry for the loss of your soulmate and mom. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • Ron and Jan Lindemoen Posted May 14, 2024 7:02 pm

    Our hearts and prayers are with the family of Audrey at this very sad time of your lives. Audrey was such delight to know and visit with, to all that had the privilege to know Audrey she had the most warm and beautiful smile. She will be missed by all who knew her.
    Ron and Jan Lindemoen

  • Joanne & Joel Schultz Posted May 15, 2024 10:15 am

    Dear Ken and Family- We are so sorry to hear this news. Audrey was the best as you all know. I have such fond memories over the years with your family and the Larsons. Know our thoughts are with you all and remember the great times. Love, Joel and Joanne

  • Bill and Lucy Smith, Denise & Brenda Posted May 15, 2024 9:23 pm

    Dear Kenny and Family, We are so very sorry to hear the sad news of Audrey’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. The Smith’s

  • Sharon J Larson Posted May 16, 2024 7:25 am

    I am so sorry to hear about Audrey. We worked Weight Watchers together for manu years. Audrey and I had so many gigles on our ride to Hudson on Sat. Mornings. Shw was so kind, funny and a great friend. My prayers are with you.

  • Wendy Olson Posted May 16, 2024 9:06 am

    Ken- I am so sorry to learn about Audrey. Out thoughts are with you during this difficult time. I always remember her smiling.

  • Barb Anderson Posted May 17, 2024 7:30 am

    Kenny and family, Audrey was one special lady!!! She gave so much love to me and my family! Our love and prayers are with you!!!

  • Kathy Fuller Posted May 17, 2024 2:12 pm

    Audrey was one of a kind. You felt her caring, kind, loving nature no matter who you were. Always had time for you if you needed something.
    I can still hear her laugh and how she spoke of her family that she loved so dearly.
    She will be missed. I’m so sorry for your loss!

  • Toni Lubich Matz Posted May 17, 2024 5:53 pm

    Audrey was a beautiful soul with the sweetest laugh. She shared her lovely voice in the choir, joining her Rush River Church family. Everyone enjoyed working with her at Westside. Our sympathy to you, Ken, and your family. ❤

  • Pamela Dopkins Ekstrom Posted May 17, 2024 7:10 pm

    Dear Ken and family I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Audrey was one of a kind she was loving and caring, generous, and will be missed by many.

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