Audrey WATSON

(nee Edwards)

(Dec. 27, 1921 – Jan. 26, 2008)

Audrey was born on December 27, 1921 in Vancouver and raised in Kelowna, from the age of eight.

She was the youngest of three daughters to George William

and Ellen Charlotte Edwards.

After graduation from high school she attended Normal School in Vancouver and began her career teaching in a one-room school in West Kelowna.

She married Robert Francis Watson in 1946 on his return from overseas service in WW2.

Robert (Bob) was a banker by profession and, as the job dictated, they spent the next 15 years moving around the province. In 1961, he was transferred to Cranbrook and there he left the bank so Cranbrook became ‘home’. Here Audrey and Bob raised their family, she went back to her teaching career and they set down roots.

Bob passed suddenly in 1992 and Audrey moved to Chilliwack in 1998 to be closer to her family.

She is survived by her two sisters: Helen Shirreff and Mabel (Harold) Henderson, in Kelowna; and her three daughters: Linda (Colin Laing) in Sydney, Australia, Katie (Doug Wickers) in Chilliwack, and Heather (Peter Ho) in Surrey. She is survived as well by her eight beloved grandchildren, Meaghan (John Dykstra), Annalise, and Sarah Wickers, Gregory, and Michael Laing, Jennifer, Christopher and Justin Ho. She is survived by a sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mom will be remembered for her amazing memory and role as a family historian, her love of family time and her inspirational dignity and grace in accepting all that the Lord sent her way.

A celebration of her life will be held when overseas family has arrived.

Donations to her memory may be made to the Cancer Society or Heart and Lung Association, her charities of choice.

“We love you Mom and know you are dancing now.”

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