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AUDREY JOAN GRILLS (published on February 24, 2009)

AUDREY JOAN GRILLS (CROTEAU) October 24, 1915 - February 21, 2009 Audrey Joan Grills (Croteau) passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 21st, 2009. She is survived by her daughter Mary Axworthy, son-in-law Trevor, her grandchildren Caitlyn and Wynn and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Kenneth Grills in October, 2005. Audrey was born in Winnipeg, MB where she lived most of her life before moving to Calgary in 1990. She was a graduate of the St. Boniface Hospital School of Nursing (1938) and had a long and distinguished professional career in nursing and hospital administration. She was a Charter and Founding Member of the Canadian College of Health Service Executives (CCHSE). She retired in 1980 as the Director of Nursing at the Misericordia General Hospital in Winnipeg, MB. During her nursing career she also worked at the Winnipeg Municipal Hospitals, and hospitals in Detroit, Chicago, and Vancouver and in the early days, at the Pickle Crow Gold Mine in northern Ontario. Audrey also served with the Canadian Army during the Second World War as a Lieutenant (Nursing Sister) with Number 25 Canadian General Hospital. She was stationed in Newfoundland and served overseas in England, France and Belgium with her good friend Elma Willson (Copeland). She was Past President of the Canadian Association of Nursing Sisters units in Winnipeg and Calgary. After moving to Calgary in 1990, Audrey volunteered at the Holy Cross Hospital and worked in the Kerby Centre Library for many years. She was devoted to her two grandchildren, Caitlyn and Wynn and spent many hours chauffeuring them to soccer games, and other activities. She loved poetry, music, travel and the outdoors and was an exceptionally loving and giving person. Audrey spent the last three years at the Colonel Belcher Veteran's Care Centre. The family would like to recognize and thank the staff at the Colonel Belcher, particularly those on the Highlander Unit, and her loving companion Maude Lecorps, for the wonderful care they provided to Audrey. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, February 27, 11:00 a.m. at Scarboro United Church, 134 Scarboro Avenue SW, Calgary, AB. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to the Friends of the Colonel Belcher Society, cheques payable to Calgary Health Trust-FOCBS Program (800, 11012 Macleod Tr. SE, Calgary, AB. T2J 6A5) in memory of Audrey Grills, OR the Kerby Centre (1133-7th Ave. SW Calgary, AB. T2P 1B2) in memory of Audrey Grills. Arrangements in care of Bow River Funeral Service (403) 678-4880.

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