A resident of Park Drive Villa in Williamsburg, for the past 10 years, Audrey H. Casselman (nee James) passed away suddenly at home on Monday, January 7, 2013. She was 76.
Audrey was born in Ottawa, Ontario, on March 21, 1936, to her parents Alexander and Eva James (nee McCauley).
On Nov 19, 1960, at the United Church in Douglas, Ontario, she married Rex K Casselman and together they had two boys Jeff and Bruce.
Audrey worked as a telephone operator in Douglas and later at the Canadian Tire in Williamsburg where together, with Rex, they raised their children and later played an active role in the lives of their grandchildren.
It was a rare ball game, dance recital, concert, graduation or hockey game that did not see Audrey in attendance.
Though it was not quite “Irish” enough for Audrey, she adopted Dundas County and the ‘Burg’ as her own and was very active in the development of the community, helping to organise or participate in Harvest Fest, Yard Sale Weekend, decorating tours, line dancing, swimming, painting and much more. Her active involvement brought her many friendships which she held dear.
Audrey had a quiet strength about her. Many who knew her would say she was among the strongest people they knew. Living with rheumatoid arthritis and its ongoing challenges, Audrey only seemed to increase her activity and determination to live life fully.
She is well known for her elegant style, for never taking life for granted, and for never forgetting friend or family no matter how much time and distance had passed.
Audrey is survived by her sons Jeff (Josée) of Cardinal and Bruce (Janet) of Ottawa and her brother Allan (Colleen) of Renfrew.
Nana will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Elizabeth, Laura, Sarah, Jack and Lucy. She was predeceased by her husband Rex on November 3, 2012, and her sisters Edna Beach and Marion Reid. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Friday, January 11th at 11 a.m., with Rev. Norine Gullons officiating.
Interment followed at Maple Ridge Cemetery, Chesterville.
Honorary pallbearers were Laura Casselman and Lucy Casselman. Pallbearers were Elizabeth Casselman, Sarah Casselman, Jack Casselman, Mary Strader, John Beach and David Lapier.
Donations to the Arthritis Society would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.