Audrey Bedford

Obituary of Audrey Bedford

Bedford, Audrey Ethel

December 8, 1924 - November 12, 2017

Surrounded by the love of family on her final day, our Mum has passed on to join our Dad, we hope they are together again as their song says "There's just one place for me, near you."

Mum was much loved and most loving as anyone who knew her could see. Her world hasn't quite been the same since it didn't include Dad. Her face always lit up though, whenever any of us came for a visit.

Audrey was predeceased by her husband of almost 67 years, Joe in 2016, her beloved daughter Josephine in 1965, her parents and two sisters in England.

Born in London, England Joe and Audrey served in the military during WWII, Dad in the Royal Marines and Mum in the British Land Army. They met two years after the war ended, were married April 16, 1949 and started right away on the beginning of a large family.

In 1957 they set out on an adventure that took them and their four girls on a large ship to Canada. Some lean years and lots of hard work, three sons and another daughter followed. With Mum's support and encouragement Dad returned to school to make life better for the family and succeeded in doing that.

Mum and Dad were very much loved and will be missed by their children Susan (John) Irvine, Eileen (Keith) McNeely, Christine (Earl) Atkins, Mark (Jean), Scott (Laurie), Mike (Cathy) and Tracey (Peter Coldwell) Bedford.

All of Mum's in-laws, their many grandchildren and great-grandchildren were loved and held a special place in her heart and they felt the same for her.

The family would like to acknowledge the Broadview Nursing and Retirement Centre for making both Mum in the nursing home side and Dad in the retirement side feel very much loved during their time there. The staff were very good to them and we saw that they appreciated their sense of humour and were very warm and caring to them both.

At Mum's request there will not be a funeral. Cremation has taken place and we will provide details, when we have them, for a get-together to celebrate the lives of these two wonderful people. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Lannin Funeral Home, Smiths Falls. Online condolences available at www.lannin.ca.