Audrey Barkley (nee Crites) of Williamsburg, a lifetime area resident, passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Wed., Dec. 26, 2018. She was 81.
Audrey was born at Farran’s Point on Sept. 6, 1937, to her parents, Percy and Ethel Crites, where she grew up and went to school.
Once the Seaway went through, the family moved back to Dafoe Road, to the farm where Audrey’s son Larry and his family now reside.
On Oct. 12, 1954, Audrey and Garnet Barkley were married and began their lives together. They honeymooned at White Face Mountain and then Toronto before coming home to Williamsburg to put down roots in a little one room cottage, which grew as their family grew.
Along with raising her kids, she also worked at the RCA plant in Prescott for several years before turning her skills to cooking and being the head cook at Willard’s Hotel in Upper Canada Village, then onto the Riverside Restaurant and Sutton’s Restaurant in Winchester. In addition to working outside the home, Audrey could be found in the kitchen at home late at night, after a long day at work, busily canning and preserving numerous jars of goodies that her family would have the benefit of through the winter months. She often said her favourite job was being a taxi driver for her children and then her grandchildren. She also took great pride in teaching her children to drive when the time came. In later years, Audrey and Garnet looked after the Old Union and New Union Cemeteries in Williamsburg, along with working once again at Upper Canada Village cutting and wrapping the cheese made there.
Audrey loved life and she loved her family. Audrey and Garnet loved Christmas because it meant that the whole family would be together on that day, which was oh so important to them. Audrey often said that if she won the lottery the first thing she would do is build a house big enough for the whole family to move into, each with their own wing, but as the families grew, her dreams grew, each family would instead have their own house, but all live along the same road. Her home always had an open-door policy, she was always available to anyone most anytime, whether if it was for a cup of coffee, something to eat, or just conversation.
Audrey and Garnet also loved to accompany Lyle and Doris Baker with their Belgian horses to all the country fairs. Audrey would be busy polishing the silver on the harness or grooming the horses, and she enjoyed going on the wagon into the show ring.
She is survived by her children, Gary (Laurie) of Williamsburg, Larry (Rhonda) of Ingleside, Sandra Cumming (Jim) of Winchester, and Tracy Johnston (Lyndon) of Williamsburg. She was the dear sister of June Fobare of Rennselaar Falls, N.Y., and Winnie James of Morrisburg. She will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Julie, Crystal, Mitchel (Kim), Matthew (Lori), Brittany (John), Amanda (Gary), Michael (Lisa), Patricia, Anthony (Caroline), and Stacey; and great-grandchildren Madilynn, Emmitt, Faythe, Quinn, Emerson, Charleigh, Nolan, Xavier, Theodore, Naomie, and Loni. She was predeceased by her husband, Garnet “Sage” Barkley; her son, Calvin; her grandson, Micheal; her sister, Darlene Crites; and her brothers, Stanley, Morley, Morton, Cameron, Leslie, and Brian Crites. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Sat., Dec. 29 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The funeral service was held at South Dundas Lutheran Community Church in Williamsburg on Sun., Dec. 30 at 2 pm with Rev. Moses Prashad officiating, followed by interment at New Union Cemetery in Williamsburg. The pallbearers were grandchildren Julie, Crystal, Mitchel, Matthew, Amanda, Michael, Anthony, and Stacey. The honourary pallbearers were her grandchildren, Patricia and Brittany.
Donations to the South Dundas Lutheran Community Church or Winchester District Memorial Hospital would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.marsdenmclaughlin.com