March 12, 1938 – April 20, 2017

And he said unto me, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12: 9

In her 80th year, after a life of abiding Christian faith, Audrey passed away peacefully in her bed at the Ridgeview Long Term Care Centre in Stoney Creek. Predeceased by her parents Dr. Alvin and Mrs. Harriett Woods (nee Brennen) of Dundas, Aud was born in Hamilton and spent most of her life in Dundas, Ontario and the surrounding area. She was a big sister to “Brudder” Ronald Reid Woods of Burlington, and deeply loved his children Lisa McAvoy (Derek) of Etobicoke and Pamela Corazza (Claudio) of North Bay. Aud was delighted by the birth of all her grand-nieces and -nephews but served the particularly special role of godmother to Noelle Florence Corazza.

Of great significance was her marriage to Wayne Cruickshanks of Burlington. Wayne was generous, patient and kind with Audrey, and took good care of her for many years. Through him she came to love his mother, “Mrs. C”, brother-in-law Ron, and late sister-in-law Aurore whom she lovingly called “the modern day saint”. Aud felt greatly blessed to have a gentle and entirely lovable mother-in-law, and a brother- and sister-in-law who were always exceedingly kind to her. Audrey spoke with great love and affection about nephews Wayne, Ronny, Jamie and Michael, and nieces Diane and Nadine. She was truly grateful that they were a part of her life.

Audrey invested much of her life advocating to prevent and end the grave abuse of fundamental human rights, promote animal welfare and prevent cruelty to animals. She fought for these ideals with pen and paper, her own voice, and financial contributions. She also used these strategies to fight for the world she envisioned, in which every child is able to realize their God-given potential.

Cousin Sandra Herbert (the late Bruce) loved Audrey dearly, and played a pivotal role in her life, particularly in childhood. Sandy’s sons Michael (Suzanne) and the late Jamie (Kelly) were extremely important to Aud, and she was very grateful for their role in her life.

Until the very end, Audrey’s best friend Marg and her husband John were blessings from God. The love and solace they brought her were gifts Aud greatly treasured.

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4

Friends and family are invited to the Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main Street., Dundas, on Saturday, April 29 for a one-hour visitation at 2 p.m. and a funeral to follow at 3 p.m. A reception will follow. If you would like to make a charitable donation in Audrey’s honour, please consider Amnesty International, the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA or Christian Children’s Fund of Canada.

11 Messages to Cruickshanks, Audrey Ann (nee Woods)

  • Carleen Jarrett (Dopking)

    My condolences to all of Audrey’s family . I have wonderful childhood memories of my growing up years with Audrey and Ron. I agree with Margaret (Flynn) that all of the group from Park, Napier and King Street had such an enjoyable childhood. Audrey was warm -hearted and fun to be with.!! She was like a big sister to me. I enjoyed our letter writing later on too.
    Miss you. Rest in Peace and God bless.
    Carleen Jarrett (Dopking)

  • Sue pepper

    My condolences to you Ron, Lisa and Pam at this sad time. I will always remember Audrey for her spunk and love of animals. You could always count on Audrey to give you an honest opinion on your new hair cut or new outfit! I have many fond memories of Audrey and will cherish the time I was able to share with her, she really was a great lady! Miss you Audrey…..Pepper(as Audrey called me)

  • David Tyson

    On behalf of the Tyson family, I would like to extend our condolences to Ron, and Audrey’s other family and friends. We had not been in touch for many years and it would have been nice to make contact again but I was unable to attend the funeral.

    Dave Tyson

  • Eileen O'Connor

    Sincere condolences on the loss of dear Audrey. She was a lovely lady and I have fond memories of pleasant times spent with her and Marg and John in earlier days. Rest in Peace, Audrey.

  • Marilyn Woods

    Aud was a caring and generous sister-in-law to me, and aunt to Lisa and Pam.
    We will all miss her.

  • Margaret (Flynn) McGillivray

    I have such wonderful memories of my growing up years with Audie and Ronnie.
    All of the group from Napier Street, Park and King had such an enjoyable childhood.
    Audrey was such a warm-hearted person and I extend my sincere sympathy to Ron
    and the family. Many blessings
    Margaret McGillivray (Flynn)

  • Mary MacDonald

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Ron & family at this time.
    Cousins Mary (Whetham) MacDonald & Kathleen (Whetham) Reypert & Families.

  • David Potter

    My favorite memory of my cousin Audrey is when she and Nancy Woods taught me to swim at one of our Family Reunions at the Rockwood Conservation area. She was kind and patient and encouraging, and I remember it very well. Heaven got a good one. See you on the other side Audrey.

  • Wayne Weaver

    It is only recently that I have had the pleasure of reconnecting with Ron. One of the initial subjects that I asked about was his sister Audrey, whom I remember fondly from my teen years in Dundas. To Ron, and all of Audrey’s adoring relatives and friends, I offer my heartfelt condolences at this most difficult time.
    wayne weaver
    Goderich, ON

  • Bryan Pilutti

    My condolences to Ron, Lisa and Pamela and their families

  • Keely Paradisi

    My condolences to all of Audrey’s family, I got to know Audrey at Ridgeview LTCC where I am a housekeeper she was always very funny, and kind when I was around her, she loved her rescue cat Muffy and her chocolate bars. I will miss seeing her at work but I know she has reunited with her parents and her loving muffy, her kindness and smile will forever be remembered. God bless

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