Audrey (Von Bargen) Uhlenkott, 88

COTTONWOOD: Audrey (Von Bargen) Uhlenkott was born September 2, 1932 and passed away at her home from cancer surrounded by her family November 16, 2020. Mom was ready to say her own farewell as she struggled through her very difficult neck injury this past year. These are our dear sweet Mom’s words.

“I was born into the family of Harry and Louise (Hattrup) von Bargen, the third of seven children in Cottonwood, Idaho. I graduated from Greencreek High School in 1950 and started work at the post office in 1951 where I met my husband to be, Larry Uhlenkott. We were married in 1954. I left the post office after 3 1/2 years to have and take care of our eight wonderful children, Marlene (Jake) Forsmann, Duane (Marilyn Lustig) Uhlenkott, Roy (Denise Kuther) Uhlenkott, Carla (Steve) Schnider, Della (Tim) Gehring, Julie Uhlenkott (deceased), Ted (Lisa Schmidt) Uhlenkott and Shirley (Ken) Stubbers.

After 12 years, I returned to work at the post office for a total of 31 years.

After I retired, Larry and I had some great years together until he passed away in 2002.

“The thing that I am most proud of is the beautiful family God blessed me with; not only the children but 24 grandchildren and 49 great grandchildren with two more on the way. They are my precious jewels.

I want to thank all the wonderful people who have helped me throughout my life and ask your forgiveness if I ever hurt anyone.

Lots of love,
Audrey Uhlenkott”

In honor of this wonderful, humble woman’s request, we will refrain from embellishing in death the wonderful qualities we know our prayerful Mom lived daily. She was truly an angel here on earth.

She was preceded in death by her husband Larry; her daughter Julie; her granddaughter Karissa, her parents and all of Larry and Audrey’s siblings. Audrey’s sibling were Harriet Harrison, Gene von Bargen, Richard von Bargen, Joan Schultz, Lee von Bargen and Denis von Bargen.

In addition to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, Audrey is survived by her sister-in-law Ellen von Bargen.

The rosary will be recited on Saturday, November 21, at 10:00 am at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Cottonwood Idaho, with the funeral liturgy to follow at 10:30 am. A private reception for the family will be held following the mass. Services are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family at

Condolences to the family of Audrey (Von Bargen) Uhlenkott, 88

  • Linda Klawans says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. She felt blessed to have all of you so always remember to celebrate her life by looking back on the good memories you had with her. God bless.

  • Chris & John Kaschmitter says:

    So very sorry for the passing of Audrey, may she rest in peace. I will miss wavong at her when I walk by the house.

  • Gene and Anita Dickenson says:

    To the family of Audrey. Holding each of you close through the loss of your beautiful angel mom. We feel so very blessed for the friendship of your family through the years. She will forever be an amazing influence of a mother’s love in our hearts. Sending hugs and friendship to each of you. Gene and Anita

  • Cindy Schumacher says:

    To Audrey Uhlenkott’s family…please accept my deepest sympathy and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Audrey’s obituary was beautiful and really shared what a wonderful person she was and the life she lived. What she wrote is touching. She was so gentle and kind. Audrey was a joy to know and her beauty and kind heart will live on in many treasured memories. Her children and their families are the true testaments of Audrey’s loving spirit. One time I asked Audrey how she grew such beautiful flowers every summer. She told me it was God who helped her. I told that I think God must have given her a pretty good green thumb because I know how much she tended those flowers for all of us to enjoy. I bet she is already tending to flowers for all of Heaven to enjoy…with God by her side.


    I’ll always cherish my own memories of this wonderful woman; to Audie’s family- know I’m thinking of you all & holding you close to my heart. Your parents are together again!
    Brenda (Aldridge) Dickinson

  • Richard and Judy Glover says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.

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