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Born: Apr 11, 1948

Date of Passing: Jul 08, 2021

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April 11, 1948 - July 8, 2021

Unexpectedly and peacefully a lovely lady has left us too soon at the age of 73.
Audrey was predeceased by parents, Jean-Marie (John) and Rose (Wacko) Beaulieu, and by brother Paul and brother-in-law Don.
She is survived by David (Brenda), Jim (Rose) and Sylvia Toffan, by her lifelong friend Sandy Wadge, and by many nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Audrey was born in Piney and lived her very early years in Badger, Manitoba. She grew up in Winnipeg's north end on Inkster Boulevard, attending Luxton School and St. John's High School. Her first job was with Princess Auto, followed by a couple of years working in Toronto. Later she spent 20 years as an administrative officer in Manitoba Government Services. Audrey was known to workers and clients as a competent, cheerful and resourceful employee.
In retirement Audrey led a full, active life as a volunteer, social participant, and family organizer. She volunteered many years with the Dragon Boat Festival and the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. Her personal activities included bowling, cribbage at the community centres in North Kildonan, golfing, and gardening. Audrey knew the Latin names of most flowers and plants in her garden. She also travelled to Europe, Mexico and the USA with friends and family.
Perhaps a very impactful contribution to her family and friends was her special role for 25 years in establishing and maintaining an annual golf tournament (harbotka) for many family members and friends followed by a family picnic near Hazelridge. The event strengthened family bonds among cousins, nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, friends - some of whom would arrive from other provinces, even from Holland in one instance. She helped organize it with food, prizes, games, and fireworks. Audrey maintained a photo history of events and participants that became a treasure chest of memories for all.
Audrey also had her own paper calendar with an inventory of all family events - births, anniversaries, marriages, passings, etc. - which was always close at hand for those telephone calls and discussions of important events in the lives of others.
If one measure of your legacy in life is whether you have lifted up others, then Audrey has made a very positive contribution. She was an honest, hard working, independent and generous person that increased the happiness and enjoyment of others. She will be missed dearly by many friends and relatives.
Only one year ago Audrey was attracted to the closing of another obituary that can now be used in her own:

"To those I love and those who love me,
I will be with you always.
When tomorrow starts without me,
don't think we are far apart.
Every time you think of me,
I am right there in my heart."

Audrey's remains have been cremated. At her request no formal funeral will be held. A private family recognition of her passing will be held in the fall.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 17, 2021

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • My heart is with your family. Audrey and I worked together for several years and when she retired I took over her position. Audrey spent alot of time with me to ensure I could do her job well. She even checked on me from time to time over the years. She was always alot of fun to work with and I will always be grateful for her assistance and her wonderful smile. - Posted by: Wendy La Liberty (Co-worker ) on: Jul 20, 2021

  • Audrey and I met as teens. We both lived on Inkster and had a lot of fun together. We kept in touch over the years. Audrey is one of the nicest people that I have known. Very warm and caring to everyone. She will be sorely missed but surely never forgotten. Rest in Peace my dear friend. - Posted by: Lynda Scramstad (Friend) on: Jul 19, 2021

  • I met Audrey in around 86 as a neighbor across the street. We so took off with so many similar likenesses and became very close friends. If I needed a shoulder she was there for me, we loved playing cards till wee hours of the morning, always exchanging plants for what we called our little parks which Audrey took so much pride in, golfing was also our niche, of course we must not forget our shopping sprees, going to Prairie theatre and just so many other things in common. I will miss our long phone conversations and my visits back in Winnipeg. May the angels look after till I see you again. Sure loved you lots. - Posted by: elaine fleury (friend) on: Jul 18, 2021

  • My condolences to all the family. I worked with Audrey for several years in the Manitoba Government. She was always very helpful as I was the new employee on the block. She was extremely organized and got me started on the right foot. She will be missed not only as a co-worker but as a great friend. God Bless - Posted by: Kerry Coates (Co_worker) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • Pretty Auntie Audrey….still can’t believe you’re gone. Thank you for always being there. Always loved and forever missed ♥️ - Posted by: Suzanne (Niece) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • I met Audrey in 1960 as we both attended Luxton and then St. John's Tech. Audrey was a very attractive girl with a beautiful smile always and had many friends. Audrey was very active in many school sports and other events. May God bless her and her immediate family. Jim Campbell - Posted by: Jim Campbell (School Friend) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to your family. - Posted by: Sharon Baril (Friend) on: Jul 17, 2021

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