It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Audrey Vivian McLean (Mosher) on April 24, 2016. Audrey, known as Little Aud, Old Girl, Mom, Grandma and GG was born on March 10, 1928 in Shuswap, BC.
She is survived by sons; Tom (Janice), Kim (Tanis) and Colin (Susi), son-in-law Larry Brandt and partner Pat Gagnen. Grandchildren; Shawn (Liz) Brandt, Shayne Brandt, Brad (Debbie) McLean, Erin McLean, Keenan McLean, Baylee McLean, Mitchell McLean, Spencer McLean. Great-grandchildren; Riley Brandt, Tessy Brandt, Penny Li, Gus McLean and her sister Beverley Gudjonson of Parson, BC.
She was predeceased by her husband Ken McLean, son Kenny, daughter Sharon (Brandt), great-grand son Stanley McLean, and her sisters; Phyllis, Evelyn, June, Peggy and Merrilyn.
Mom married the love of her life, Ken, on November 28, 1946 in Vernon, BC, moving to Trail in 1950. She worked for Kresge’s from 1967 to1987, never missing a day of work.
Mom lived a simple life, never asking for much. She was all about her family, nothing else, just family. She lived in her Sunningdale home for 59 years before suffering a stroke in 2013 and moving to Columbia View Lodge.
Mom told it like it is; which made for much laughter in the family gatherings. She was small in stature but tougher than old leather. Nothing kept her down, like the time she cooked Xmas dinner for twenty making sure all the dishes were cleaned and put away, before admitting she was not feeling well and agreed to go to hospital where it was found out she had lost half of her blood supply.
After suffering a major stroke, which paralyzed her left side and confined her to a wheelchair, she fought back. As a leftie, she learned to use her right hand to maneuver her chair around the Lodge, paint, and do crafts. She hardly ever missed an outing with the Lodge and especially enjoyed her gambling visits to the casino. She found a new life at the Lodge and was so busy it was hard finding time to visit. Columbia View Lodge became her home and the staff her second family. Words are not enough for the thanks we have for the staff at the Lodge, you have made Audrey’s time there very special.
Mom, Grandma, GG has left an emptiness in our hearts, which will soon be full of memories of her and the many laughs she provided us. She loved her family and her family loved her.
“If there ever comes a day where we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever” – Winnie the Pooh.
There will be no service by request. Alexandra Butts of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.
As an expression of sympathy, donations in Audrey’s name may be made to the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital Health Foundation (Elder Care Group Campaign) at 1200 Hospital Bench, Trail, BC, V1R 4M1 or online at www.kbrhhealthfoundation.ca
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at www.myalternatives.ca