Audrey was born the eighth of twelve children to Barbara and Hugh Halladay on July 22, 1923, and passed on November 19, 2022, with her son at her side. She was born in Riverhurst, SK and grew up in Lawson and Gilroy. She often shared stories that demonstrated not only the hardship of those times, but the love, laughter, and music as well. She spoke highly of her mother, and the legend and lore of the Halladay sisters are known by friends and family far and wide.
Audrey wanted to join the Air Force in WWII but wasn't allowed to go once her brothers sent word back to their mother not to let her. As she shared this story recently with her niece and right-hand gal, Val, and her granddaughter, Angela, one can't help but think she still hasn't forgiven them for it! She never shied away from adventure here at home though! Her love of driving, fishing, road trips, and baseball (a Jays fan right until the end) kept her busy as long as her body allowed it. That's not to say she didn't enjoy the more cerebral things in life too! She taught most of, if not all of her grandchildren to play Scrabble and took great joy in "schooling" us well into her 90s. She loved a good word search, the Royal family, and music.
It was a tough loss when her hearing took the latter away from her, yet through it all, she found things to be grateful for. A kind cook at the Villa saving her a fresh bun or two, the thoughtfulness of her nieces and their friends, and a good laugh, often at her own expense. She also wasn't one to keep her opinions to herself. She loathed Donald Trump and her thoughts on him were quite entertaining (and spot on). She would prefer if you keep your paws off her many "collections" and notes. She preferred Barq's root beer over any other kind and Pepsi over Coke. She often worried that those who cared for her, namely her niece Val, were doing "too much" and would forget that in her day, she often went over and above to help friends and family.
She was a farmwife. She was the mother of five and the grandmother of eleven. Then she was the great-grandmother of eighteen, and great-great-grandmother of two. She wasn't what you would call "warm and fuzzy" but that doesn't mean she didn't let you know you were loved - often with a hearty cuff to the arm. Her upper body strength was the stuff of legends! Her other superpower was the ability to keep going while being dealt loss after loss. She was predeceased by her parents and her husband, but also all of her siblings, four of her children, and two grandchildren. Her faith was strong and what we believe helped her navigate such immense loss and grief when others may have found it too much to bear. She is survived by her son Hal (Kim), and her daughter Lana (Kevin), nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-granddaughters.
She was the last living member of her generation and her loss signifies the end of an era. We have lost stories of days gone by, we have lost the matriarch of the family, and we have lost the quick wit and charm of one of the strongest women to have ever lived. It is hard to imagine the world without her but knowing she was so lovingly welcomed to the next chapter by all of those who left before her makes it easier.
Though none of us will ever receive a greeting card with every other word underlined several times, or be told a hideous photograph of ourselves is "natural", we can find peace and comfort in the many memories made over the years. Those of us who were privy to her Facebook era will miss the updates and occasional demands for updates on our lives… She went from a time of a radio being a novelty to using an iPad to keep in touch with the world at large and that's really just the tip of the iceberg of changes she saw in the world in her lifetime! In remembering Audrey, take the time to enjoy the small things in life: a cold mug of root beer, mashed potatoes with gravy, a good ball game, and music. Go for a drive, take the day off to go fishing, get yourself some wonton soup, and if you're feeling lucky stop at the Casino for a spell.
The family would like to extend deep gratitude to her niece Val for all she did for Audrey. Companionship, comfort, errands, and advocacy were provided with grace, love, kindness, and compassion right until the very end. A Graveside Service will be held at the Skudesnes Lutheran Church Cemetery northeast of Loreburn, Sask. at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to the Saskatchewan Lung Association; TeleMiracle; Ronald McDonald House or Saskatoon’s Children Hospital. Arrangements are in the care of the Outlook Funeral Chapel at 306-867-8255.