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.