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AUDREY ARNETT Audrey Arnett, formerly of Winnipeg, died in her 99th year on September 8, 2009 in Calgary. She is survived by her son Jim (Alix) of Toronto and daughter Tanis Lefroy (Rob) of Calgary, by grandchildren Shanly (Ed Morawski) and Tannis Arnett of Toronto, Will Arnett (Amy Poehler) and Charles Arnett of New York, and Brett (Shannon), Monika and Arthur Lefroy of Calgary, and by five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Emerson Arnett, and by her brother, Charlie Rhind, and her sister, Nora Workman. Audrey was born and raised in Westbourne, Manitoba on a farm called The Ranch of which she had lifelong fond memories. She was the daughter of Frederick and Eleanor (Newcombe) Rhind, whose families were early settlers in Westbourne. After graduating from Dauphin Normal School she taught school for several years in rural Manitoba before marrying Emerson in 1936. They raised a family in Winnipeg and during this time she also ran a private kindergarten in her own home and subsequently taught in the Winnipeg School Division. She was active in several organizations over the years, including serving as President of the Inner Wheel Club and of the Annie A. Bond Guild of the Children's Hospital, and in the YWCA and the Winnipeg Winter Club. The P.E.O. Sisterhood and the Manitoba Teachers Society, of which Emerson had been General Secretary, were of particular support to her during her long widowhood. Her extended family of nieces, nephews and Newcombe, Rhind and Arnett cousins were also a source of great support and interest to Audrey. A memorial service will be held at St. Andrews River Heights United Church, Oak Street at Kingsway, on Friday, September 18th at 2:30 p.m. She will be buried beside Emerson and her forebears in Westbourne Cemetery.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 11, 2009
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