Audrey Bruckner, the 4th child of Elmer and Betty Liebelt, was born in Jordan, MT on August 18, 1955. She passed away peacefully, with family at her side, on January 24, 2022. Audrey grew up at Flowing Wells and attended the country school of Flowing Wells until 8th grade, graduating from Garfield County High School in 1973. As a very young girl she was full of adventure, the very curly blonde-haired girl was up for anything.
When she got older, she started getting sick a lot. It was not until she was 24 years old that she got the answer she had been waiting for. She had Familial Periodic Ataxia Disease, she was given medication to take daily and it was life changing. As she said, “Life for her started at 24!”. In February 2021, she gave all her family a book she wrote on the disease and how it affected her. We are all so thankful to have this information.
Audrey loved kids, she babysat in her home for many years. Her many nieces and nephews all enjoyed being with her. She was not a real fan of playing card games, but if they asked her to play, she would play many games with them.
In the mid 80’s, she decided to get out of the house and work in the public. She worked for the Miles City School District in the clerk department. In 1986, she decided to move to Rockford, IL to be closer to her sister and her family, working at Pioneer Insurance. On December 16, 1995, Audrey married her love, Joe Bruckner. She was so happy to have someone to care for and he liked dogs, too!!!
In 2010, Audrey moved back to Miles City to help take care of her sister and her parents, she was the best caregiver they could have had. She worked at the Best Western Hotel, Clarke Insurance, and Stockman Bank. She so enjoyed all her co-workers at the Stockman Bank, she talked of you as such good friends.
In the past few years Audrey developed a love for genealogy, with Ancestry she researched her family. She spent hours reading and copying, making her family books with all the family history she had learned. When she was not working or looking up family history, you would find her knitting. If she got tired of being inside, she would jump in her car and go for a drive to another town.
She enjoyed hosting family, announced or unannounced. Family was always very important to her. Her bible study was the highlight of her week, she loved those ladies.
Audrey is survived by her brother Bryan (Sheila) Liebelt; brothers-in-law Don Pawlowski and David Denowh; nieces and nephews Holly (Shane) Harbaugh, Lee (Charlotte) Billing, Ajay (Sally) Liebelt, Matthew Liebelt, Scott (Rebekah) Denowh and Joseph Denowh; great nieces and nephews Chantel (Bill) Brooks, Skylar (Kystia) Harbaugh, Ashlie Liebelt, Brittany (Giuseppe) Barone, Jakob Denowh, Madelyn Denowh, Brooke (Marcus) Meri and Kendra Garnes; great-great nieces and nephews Edward Brooks, Shayna Brooks, Jaxson Harbaugh and Hudson Harbaugh.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Joe Bruckner; sisters Gloria Billing, Deborah Pawlowski, Mary Denowh; brother-in-law Randall Billing and several aunts and uncles.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Inurnment will follow at the family lot in Custer County Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.