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Born: Oct 20, 1923
Date of Passing: Aug 22, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
Audrey was born to Phil and Ilean Walker in Neepawa on October 20, 1923. She grew up an only child, but made up for that by raising a fine family of six robust, sporting, fun loving children. Those kids - Gail (Don) McPherson, Diane Leitold (Rob Sproule), Inez (Larry) Wadge, Judy (Jim - deceased) Grant, Glen Mikkelson (Cheryl Ridley), and Keith (Mona) Mikkelson - survive her. Audrey was Grammik to 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. This group of 39 descendants, their spouses, and their friends were the center of Audrey's life.
Together with Ejnar, Audrey coached and watched her kids in hockey, fastball and all manner of sports. It was a short hop from the family home on Spruce Street to the Clifton Community Club, where the family's sporting life was centered. As their children became adults, Audrey and Ejnar participated, played and partied with all of them and their friends. Audrey loved music and dancing, especially a two-step or a western swing.
Audrey had a passion for crafting - knitting sweaters and sewing blankets for her kids and grandkids, and making stuffed animals. She had a love for gardening and for birds and animals of all kind. Together with Ejnar, Audrey spent many winters in Mesa. Family trips to Hawaii were special to Audrey, including a visit to Maui for her 90th birthday.
With Ejnar's passing in 1986 Audrey's feisty, independent side stood her in good stead. Even in her later years her first concern was always for family and friends never for herself.
Audrey's delightful sense of humour, and her kindness and concern for others brightened many lives. She was quick with a joke, or a wry quip, right up until the day she left us.
Audrey will be missed by many, but she leaves a wonderful legacy of a life well lived.
The family would like to thank the staff and management of Tuxedo Villa and the nurses, doctors and staff of the 4th floor Orthopedics at the Grace Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, a donation may be made to the Salvation Army or the charity of one's choice.
For those who wish to sign the online
Guest Book please visit www.chapellawn.ca
Chapel Lawn Funeral Home
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 29, 2020
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
We extend our condolences to the immediate & extended families of Audrey, and trust each family member takes solace with the wonderfully fulfilling quality of life you were a part of providing to her. - Posted by: The Westmacotts (Friends) on: Sep 01, 2020
We here in Chilliwack, BC, are sending heartfelt sympathy to all Audrey’s family at the loss of their Mom. We met this witty lady several times during her visit to Gail and Don’s place in Abbotsford, BC. Cherish her memories. Julie and Larry Whyte - Posted by: Larry and Julie Whyte (Friends) on: Aug 31, 2020
Remembering your mother and condolences to the family - Posted by: Milinkovic Family (friends) on: Aug 31, 2020
My most sincere condolences to all 39 descendants of Audrey and Ejnar. I knew all her kids and she instilled the same virtues in each and every one. A family to be proud of and a life well lived is most certainly true. Memories keep the love alive. Lots of love, Janice Pass - Posted by: Janice Pass (Friend of family & Inez & Larry) on: Aug 31, 2020
My deepest condolences over the loss of your beloved Mother. Your tribute to Audrey gave us a glimpse into the wonderful woman she was and will continue to be in your hearts and minds. - Posted by: Linda Burdett (Friend of Diane) on: Aug 29, 2020
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