AUDREY FRANCES McCLELLAND

Audrey Frances McClelland

September 18, 1936 - September 9, 2019

Audrey was the eldest child of Kenneth David McClelland and Jean Alison McClelland (née Sinclair); she was born at home in Durban, MB.

 

Predeceased by her Father Ken, Mother Alison and Brother Ron McClelland. She is survived by her siblings David (Joyce) McClelland, Jean (Doug) Forsman, Raymond (Heather) McClelland, Thelma McClelland and Lynne (Dennis) Ranger.

 

Audrey grew up in what many today would describe as pioneer life. No electricity, no running water, no telephone, no indoor plumbing. She learned to tend the garden, feed livestock, help make sheets out of flour sacks and eventually as the family grew, looked after her younger siblings. During the depression years, the young family left the Swan River Valley area for Kenora where they lived for a short time while her father worked in the lumber camps.

 

After returning to Manitoba, the family lived on a farm near Grandview, MB. Audrey attended Wicklow School and graduated from Grandview High School receiving the Governor General Award. Encouraged by her Aunt Joan, she entered nursing school at Misericordia General Hospital, graduating in 1957. Returning to Neepawa, she worked for a while before the travelling bug hit her, so off she went to Arizona to nurse and on her return she enrolled at McGill University to complete her degree. Her nursing career found her at the Winnipeg General Hospital and finally in Public Health where she worked until retirement in 1995.

 

Audrey loved to travel … visiting Europe, British Isles, Holy Land, Australia, Jamaica, Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu Ruins, Nahanni River, China, Africa, India, Cuba, Dominica and Barbados. She even bicycled the Cabot Trail. Wherever she went she was not just an adventurous tourist but an advocate, an observer and a helper.

 

Audrey was an activist, a strong believer in justice, human rights, animal rights, an environmentalist and a strong advocate for peaceful co-existence. Her participation, membership and generous donations throughout the years benefited many.

 

Her family was of most importance to her.  She welcomed them wherever she lived. Audrey purchased a family home on Ashburn St. that had belonged to her paternal grandparents and there she welcomed and assisted her siblings, nieces and nephews in their transition period. Always ready with her blueberry muffins and a cup of tea, Audrey welcomed friends and family into her home.

 

As her health declined, in 2015 Audrey became a resident at Extendicare Tuxedo Villa in Winnipeg. The family extends many thanks to the staff for the care and kindness given to Audrey.

 

In lieu of flowers, a donation to a charity of your choice or the Westworth United Church Mission and Service Fund 1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, MB  R3N 0H9 is greatly appreciated.

 

Friends and relatives are encouraged to share in a photo-tribute, eulogy, stories and condolences for the family by using the comment section on this page.

 

A Celebration of Life will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at Westworth United Church, 1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, MB.

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