A lifetime resident of the area, Audrey Hamilton passed away at the Carefor Hospice in Cornwall on Tues., April 26, 2011, following, in her words, “a wonderful 90 years.”
Audrey was born on Oct. 23, 1920 to her parents, Samuel and Rita Holmes (nee McIntosh), and raised on the family farm in Winchester. She married Earle Hamilton, and together they had eight children: Muriel, Carl, Marilyn, (late Carolyn), Bryson, Ritchie, Jim, and Robert, while living on the farm near Winchester.
They retired from farming in 1973, and moved to Morrisburg. At that time Earle found employment as a security guard at Upper Canada Village. Together, they raised their growing family, and enjoyed going to craft shows and taking bus trips as time allowed.
The home was Audrey’s domain and where she shone the brightest. She found great fulfillment in all the responsibilities of home making. She enjoyed making the big meals for everyone as her own family grew. Children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were recipients of Audrey’s handwork, especially her knitting sweaters, mitts, and doll clothes.
Audrey instilled in her family the love and support of family, herself being the person who kept the various generations all interacting and caring for each other. What a lasting example for all generations. Her sense of humour could be described as subtle and a bit dry, and more often than not, her humour would catch up to a person a bit after it was expressed.
Audrey’s presence was felt in her community and around the world as well. She was an active member of the United Church Women. Using her personal gifts in knitting, she began knitting mitts for the children affected by the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl. And she set and recently met her goal to knit and send overseas 3,600 pairs of mitts.
Audrey is survived by her children, Muriel (the late John) Allard of Ottawa, Carl (Muriel) of RR #1 Iroquois, Marilyn (Ted) Wensing of Kingston, Bryson (Sherri) of Tillsonburg, Ritchie (Tammy), Jim (Lisa), and Robert (Norma), all of Morrisburg; her siblings, Nelda (the late Cecil) Strader of Winchester, Eleanor (Eric) Ross of Richmond, Arnold (Vivian) Holmes of Inkerman, Lyla (Jim) McMillan of Dunbar, and Eldon (Pat) Holmes of RR #1 Winchester. Audrey will be fondly remembered by 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by an infant daughter, Carolyn, a sister, Elva McMillan, and brothers, Harold, Roy, and Joe Holmes. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Fri., April 29. A private family funeral service was held at the funeral home on Sat., April 30 with Rev. Arlyce Schiebout officiating. Interment followed at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville. The pallbearers were Carl Hamilton, Bryson Hamilton, Ritchie Hamilton, Jim Hamilton, Robert Hamilton, and Matt Hamilton.
Donations to the Winchester District Memorial Hospital or Carefor Hospice would be appreciated by the family.