Audrey Theresa Bsharah


Audrey Theresa Bsharah,
82, died March 11, 2022,
surrounded by her family
at the Monument Health
Hospice House in Rapid
City, South Dakota.
Audrey was born July 22,
1939 in Redfield, South
Dakota to Albert J. and
Mary Ann (Stauffer) Zens.
She grew up in the Zell,
South Dakota area, graduating
from Redfield High
School in 1957.
She married Robert Bsharah
in 1959 in Aberdeen,
South Dakota. They moved
to Rapid City in 1961. Among her many jobs,
she worked as a switchboard
operator at Bennett
Clarkson Hospital. She also
ran an in-home daycare.
She volunteered at the
South Canyon Elementary
School where she helped
teach children the love
of reading, and she was
known to the children there
as “Grandma Audrey.” She
worked at the Rapid City
Care Center and became an
informal “assistant” Social
Director.
She put her heart into whatever
she did. Audrey was very nurturing and persisted
to perfection.
Audrey was a member
of Emmanuel Episcopal
Church, an avid player
of “Yahtzee!”, and loved
playing just about any card
game. She enjoyed sewing,
crafts, and crocheting. She
was a phenomenal cook
and gardener, as well.
Audrey is survived by
her husband Robert of
Rapid City, South Dakota,
three sons: Steve (Renée)
of Reno, Nevada; Mark
(Paula) of Sandy, Utah; and
Perry (Danelle) of Herriman, Utah; her daughter
Lori Ruthford (Randy), of
Rapid City, South Dakota;
nine grandchildren, and six
great grandchildren. She is
also survived by her brothers:
Dean Zens (Diann) of
Zell, South Dakota; Jerry
Zens of Zell, South Dakota;
Leo Zens (Bea), of Scottsdale,
Arizona; and Dan
Zens (Deb), of St. Paul,
Minnesota; and her sisters:
Kaylene Moffenbier of Aberdeen,
South Dakota; Rita
Hardes (Dan), of Sioux
Falls, South Dakota; and
Donna Neary (Dick), of Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
She was preceded in death
by a brother, Duaine Zens.
Church services will be
held on Saturday, March
19 at 11 AM at Emmanuel
Episcopal Church followed
by private interment at the
Black Hills National Cemetery
on Monday March 21
at 10:30AM. Memorials
are of your choice: Meals
on Wheels, Emmanuel
Episcopal Church, or the
Cornerstone Mission of
Rapid City. Friends may sign her online
guest register at www.
osheimschmidt.com.

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