Audrey H. Casselman
Audrey H. Casselman (nee James), a resident of the Park Drive Villa in Williamsburg for the past 10 years, passed away suddenly at home on Mon., Jan. 7, 2013. She was 76.
Audrey was born in Ottawa on March 21, 1936, to her parents, Alexander and Eva James (nee McCauley). On Nov 19, 1960, at the United Church in Douglas, Ont., she married Rex K Casselman, and together they had two boys, Jeff and Bruce.
Audrey worked as a telephone operator in Douglas, and later at the Canadian Tire in Williamsburg, where together with Rex, they raised their children, and later played an active role in the lives of their grandchildren. It was a rare ballgame, dance recital, concert, graduation, or hockey game that did not see Audrey in attendance.
Though it was not quite “Irish” enough for Audrey, she adopted Dundas County and the ‘Burg as her own and was very active in the development of the community, helping to organize or participate in Harvest Fest, Yard Sale Weekend, decorating tours, line dancing, swimming, painting, and much more. Her active involvement brought her many friendships, which she held dear.
Audrey had a quiet strength about her. Many who knew her would say she was among the strongest people they knew. Living with rheumatoid arthritis and its ongoing challenges, Audrey only seemed to increase her activity and determination to live life fully.
She was well known for her elegant style, for never taking life for granted, and for never forgetting friend or family, no matter how much time and distance had passed.
Audrey is survived by her sons, Jeff (Josée) of Cardinal, and Bruce (Janet) of Ottawa, and her brother, Allan (Colleen) of Renfrew. Nana will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Elizabeth, Laura, Sarah, Jack, and Lucy. She was predeceased by her husband, Rex on Nov. 3,2012, and her sisters, Edna Beach and Marion Reid. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Thurs., Jan. 10 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The funera lservice was held at the funeral home on Fri., Jan. 11 at 11 am with Rev. Norine Gullons officiating, followed by interment at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville. The honourary pallbearers were Laura Casselman and Lucy Casselman. The pallbearers were Elizabeth Casselman, Sarah Casselman, Jack Casselman, Mary Strader, John Beach, and David Lapier.
Donations to the Arthritis Society would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
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