November 28, 1919 — April 2, 2015
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Audrey Urquhart. She was, for most of her long life, the strength and bonding element of her extended family.
Audrey was predeceased by her husband Jim Urquhart in 1993, her daughter Ann in 2014 and infant son. She is survived by her son-in-law Lloyd Skiboff, son John (Dianne), daughter Margie (Bob), former son-in-law Geoff Walker and son Jim (Judy), grandchildren Susan Rodgers-Slade, Todd Rodgers, Cristine Urquhart, John Urquhart, Peter Charlie-Walker, Heather Walker, Geoffrey Walker, Daniel Urquhart, David Urquhart, ten great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. Audrey was born into a large family in Newcastle, New Brunswick and, after finishing high school there, went to Jeffery Hale Hospital in Quebec to train as a registered nurse. Upon graduation, she joined the war effort and went overseas to England where she was a lieutenant nursing sister in Basingstoke plastic surgery hospital. Before the war was over, her young brother was killed, his plane shot down over Holland.
After the war, Audrey moved across the country to Rossland where she met Jim and raised a family. Audrey worked as a nurse for 30 years in the Trail Regional Hospital, many of those years on the maternity ward, then the last ten years as the head nurse on extended care.
Audrey took a break from nursing for ten years to help her husband in his meat market business. When she retired from nursing at age 65 she was active advocating for seniors, and was instrumental in bringing the medical alert system to Trail. She was a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.
Audrey’s busy life also included travel, involvement with her church and going with her husband and family and their horses to horse races. In her younger days, she rode her horse (Misty) in the Trail Horsemen’s Society’s musical ride. Mom was in a choir, she played the piano, sewed clothes and just about anything she put her mind to.
Audrey will be forever missed, as she touched so many lives in a positive way. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, people do a random act of kindness in her memory.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Trail United Church, Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 11:00am. Jordan Wren of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ is entrusted with arrangements.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at www.myalternatives.ca