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Audry Marcella Poppe

Audry Marcella Poppe, age 92 of Rapid City, formerly of Murdo, died Friday, March 11, 2011, at Fountain Springs Health Care Nursing Home in Rapid City.

Audry was born July 25, 1918, at home near Marion to Charles-and Marcella (Divine) Splonskowski. She was the second of eight children.

She attended the parochial elementary school staffed by Presentation Sisters in Marion and graduated from Marion High School. She attended Notre Dame College in Mitchell for one year and then taught in a rural school near Montrose.

Audry married H. Woodrow Poppe in Marion in 1938. In 1944, the family moved to Murdo where Woody was engaged in heavy construction, building stock dams and roads. They also continued an interest in farming and ranching. Audry returned to teaching in 1952 in the Murdo School District for 31 years. After many years of attending summer schools, Audry graduated from University of South Dakota at age 52. In her retirement years, Audry spent 17 winters in Mesa, Ariz. During the summer months she was employed at the 1880 Train in Hill City.

Audry was active in her church, cherished her grandchildren and while in Arizona played golf, did crafts and became an accomplished artist. Audry loved fishing. She enjoyed fishing trips to Alaska and Minnesota.

Survivors include a daughter, JoAnna Warder (Robert), Hill City; two sons, Ken Poppe (Karen), Wall, and Michael Poppe, Murdo; six grandchildren, Greg Warder, Meg Warder, and Rob Warder, Kent Poppe, Kimberli Poppe-Smart, and Kathy Miraglia; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Clarice Tebbe (Merlin), Colton, Mary Ground (Leonard), Boise, Idaho, and Dorothy Boldt (Alfred), Marion; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Audry was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow, in July 1974; her parents, two brothers, Alphonse and Marvin; and two sisters, Evelyn Bohm (Donald) and Esther Arneson (Lucius)

Visitation will be for one hour before services at the church,

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. (CT) Friday, March 18, at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Murdo with Father Gary Oreshoski as celebrant. Interment will follow at Murdo Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to Jones County Community Foundation, PO Box 47, Murdo, SD 57559.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip. An online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com