MERKEL, Audrey Lorraine. May 21, 1931 –

October 15, 2012. It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our beloved Mom and Nana. She is survived by her two children, Brenda (Dave) Greer of Kelowna; Bruce (Tracie) Merkel of Langley; her grandchildren, Darren (Jen), Ryan, Shannon (Richard), Brieanne; her great-grandchildren, Khayden, Tiana, Adelaide, Brooklynn, Kaelynn; her sister, Peggy; nephews, Kevin, Neil (Shelley) their children, Travis and Danielle. Audrey was predeceased by her loving husband Albert; parents Fred and Charlotte; sisters, Betty and Dorothy.

Audrey was born in Eriksdale, Manitoba and moved to BC with her sister Peggy and brother-in-law Norm where she met and married Albert in 1953. They moved to Hope in 1956 where they started a family and raised their two children.

She loved music and played many musical instruments by ear. She especially loved singing and playing the piano, which she did at the Legion many a time and at Birthday parties for residents of the Fraser Hope Lodge, before she herself became a resident there. She was a Charter member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles LA for 36 years, as well as a member of the Ladies Auxiliary for the Royal Canadian Legion for 37 years. Our Mom had the best sense of humour and loved a good joke. We will miss her dearly and she will be forever loved within our hearts.

A family graveside service will be at Mountainview Cemetery with Pastor Jeff Kuhn. If you so desire, donations may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation. Please join us for tea and refreshments to Celebrate her Life at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall (Hope) on Saturday October 27th at 1:00pm.

The family would like to thank the staff at Fraser Hope Lodge and Dr. Nyirenda for their care of our mom.

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