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Audrey Noyed, 84

Audrey M. Noyed, age 84, Cokato, died Monday, Sept. 10 at Cokato Manor.

Visitation is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato. The funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato with Pastor Tim Wheatley officiating. Interment will be at the Cokato Lutheran Cemetery.

Audrey was born May 30, 1934, to Adeline and Lawrence Johnson of Grove City. She attended school in the Grove City area and graduated in 1952.

Audrey was widely known in the area for her upholstery skills. Along with her work at Richwell Furniture in Cokato, she also established her own business, Country Upholstery. For more than 40 years, she turned tired pieces of furniture into works of art, all from her small shop on the family farm. She had hundreds of clients and customers, both in the area and throughout the state of Minnesota.

She also assisted her husband, John, in operating the farm and was often called upon to help in a variety of ways.

She was married to John Noyed April 27, 1957. They resided near Cokato for 52 years. After John’s death in 2009, she lived in the farmhouse they shared and later moved into an apartment in Cokato. She spent the past two years as a resident of the Cokato Manor.

She was preceded in death by her husband John; parents, Lawrence and Adeline Johnson; and brothers Merlin Johnson and Maynard Johnson, and sisters-in-law Sharron Johnson and Delores Johnson.

Audrey is survived by her three children, Bev and Brad Bipes, Litchfield; Patti Albrecht and Dale Paulson, Cokato; and Bob Noyed and Susan Brott, Woodbury; five grandchildren, Kyle and Jen Noyed, Nashville, TN; Emily Noyed, Chicago, IL; Andy and Tiffany Bipes, Litchfield; Adam and Courtney Bipes, Litchfield; and Alex and Jennifer Bipes, Litchfield; four great-grandchildren, Brooklynn, Bailee, and Brantlee Bipes and Lucy Noyed; and her brother Milton Johnson, Brooten.

Arrangements are by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.

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