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Obituary: BIESINGER, AUDREY

Audrey Leoma Hardy Biesinger1922 ~ 2013Audrey Leoma Hardy Biesinger passed away peacefully at the home of her youngest daughter on June 4, 2013 at the age of 90 surrounded by family. We celebrate with her a joyous reunion with her beloved husband George, who died 40 years ago. Audrey was born December 5, 1922 in Salt Lake City, Utah, daughter of Martha Leoma Johnson (Barbie) and Frank Skidmore Hardy. Her father died when Audrey was thirteen. Her mother continued to provide and care for her children throughout the depression with love and great sacrifice. She never remarried but those years of challenge became a foundation for the rest of Audrey's life.She married George Ross Biesinger on September 26, l942. The next day he was shipped out for duty in WWII and they were separated for 26 months. In 1950 and three children later, Audrey accompanied George on a labor mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to New Zealand where they lived for eleven years and had five more childrenthere she supported her husband as he directed the Church Building Program in the South Pacific. As the program expanded they moved their family to England for two years where another son was born, and then on to Germany for a year. Her home became the resting place for prophets and numerous visiting general authorities. Audrey was always willing to do whatever was needed. She was a constant source of love and support for her family and myriads of others as she served alongside her husband. In 1965, she and George moved to Chula Vista, California where he later died of a brain tumor in 1973 leaving her with five children still at home. She never remarried. She moved to Utah in 1976 and in 1978 she settled in Orem where she lived for 33 years. In 1982, she served a special one year mission as a temple worker, returning to New Zealand for the 25th anniversary of the dedication of the New Zealand Temple. By request she spoke at firesides across the country sharing her love and testimony of the Gospel. Though trials and challenges were certainly a part of her life, she counted herself very blessed. She lived the last four years of her life with family and received tender loving care. All of her sons served missions; all of her children were married in the Temple and are active members of the Church. She has a large and wonderful posterity.We are indebted to her forever for her faith, testimony, example, love and countless hours of service and devotion. Her greatest desire was always that her posterity could learn and love the gospel of Jesus Christ and live their lives in such a way that in the hereafter there would be "NO EMPTY CHAIRS".Her Brother Frank Skidmore Hardy preceded her in death. She is survived by two sisters: Rhea Hardy Andrus and Ruth Hardy Yates. Nine children and their spouses: George (Terry) Biesinger, Stephen (Becky) Biesinger, Katherine (Richard) Wall, Tainui (Nancy) Biesinger, Moana (Steve) Burns, Davido (Lynn) Biesinger, Hugh (Sandy) Biesinger, Wendy (Alan) Thacker, and Thomas (Jade) Biesinger. Four foster daughters, one foster son: Margie Ahmu (Ra) Puriri, Elizabeth Otene Hillam, Craig (Raihi) Hillam, Agnes Ahmu, and Tony (Nedra) Hayden-Smith. She currently has 75 grandchildren, 178 great-grand children, and 2 great-great-grandchildren with more on the way..A viewing will be held on Sunday evening, June 9, 2013 from 6 to 8 pm at the LDS Windsor Stake Center on 60 East 1600 North, Orem. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 10, 2013 at 11:00 am at the same location with a brief viewing prior to services from 10 - 10:40 am. Arrangements are being handled by the Olpin Family Mortuary in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.