February 19, 1929 – July 13, 2019
Died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 90 years on July 13th, 2019 with her family at her side.
Mom was born in Walkerville, Ontario on February 19th, 1929. She lived her childhood in Ottawa, spending her summers with her grandmother, sisters and brother in Ruthven, Ontario. After graduating public school, Audrey worked at Dunn & Bradstreet and the parliamentary library at the House of Commons.
It was at the end of the war that she met and eventually married her husband Russell Weatherall on January 17, 1948. They built a home in Eastview and promptly began their family which would eventually grow to ten children. Living directly across the street from her in-laws proved to be a bit daunting, so to gain some much-needed space, they decided to move west.
From the big city of Ottawa to Coaldale, Alberta she followed her husband’s business interests and settled into small town life in Alberta. Keeping track of such a large family was a full-time occupation, yet she still managed to find time to enjoy her spare time honing her gardening skills. She had inherited her father’s green thumb and always managed to cultivate a healthy crop of fresh vegetables.
In the early 1960s she and Russell uprooted once again and moved their family even further west, this time settling on “The Farm” near Donald, B.C. It is difficult to believe that she would manage to have enough time or energy, to do anything else but Audrey’s love for reading and knitting was matched only by her literary skills (she loved to write). Her work was first published in the Windsor Star at the age of ten.
With no running water, electricity or plumbing Audrey accepted the many challenges with which she was faced. Hauling water, chopping wood and doing laundry at the laundromat became regular routines during those early years, and yet she was never heard to complain.
When Dad passed away at the early age of 53, Mom began another phase in her life. She learned to drive (it took seven tries, but she eventually succeeded) and moved to Golden, B.C. with her three youngest children who were still living at home. She became active in St. Andrews United Church, volunteering at the bargain basement, singing in the choir, sitting on the church board and teaching Sunday school. She clearly loved spending her time doing this and eventually would be awarded a lifetime membership in United Church Women. Her devotion to her faith was unwavering to the very end of her life.
Audrey is predeceased by her mother and father (Alice and Cecil Wilson), her husband (Russell), sister (Shirley Ann Ferguson), brother (Billy Wilson) and two sons (Russell Jr. and Walter).
She is survived by her sister Frances Bredin in Arnprior Ontario, brother-in-law Scotty Ferguson of Carleton Place, Ontario; her children – Leo (Pat) Weatherall, Mickey (Gary) Balas, of Golden, B.C. Keitha (Kelly) Grittner, of Calgary, Alberta, Susan (Grainger) Wilson, of Revelstoke, Jinny (Leif ) Nilsen of Sicamous, B.C., Geoff (Doug Hudson) Weatherall of Lethbridge, Alberta, Mary Ann Wilson, Belinda (Tom) Christmas and Nora (James) Christmas of Calgary, Alberta as well as 17 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church 901-11th Avenue South at 2 pm on Saturday July 20th, 2019 followed by a reception at the Golden Senior Centre 1401-9th Street South, Golden, B.C.. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the ‘Girls Club’ at the Golden Womens Centre. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hindman Bowers Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be sent to Audrey’s family through her obituary at www.hindmanbowersfuneralhome.com
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