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AUDREY MARIE MORRISON (published on October 28, 2010)

AUDREY MARIE MORRISON After a courageous battle with lung cancer, Audrey passed away on Friday, October 22, 2010 at the Dauphin Regional Hospital, at age 58. She was born on August 20, 1952 to Nick and Olga Gnazdowsky, in Ethelbert, MB. She attended school in Ethelbert, and participated in 4-H and Ukrainian dancing. Audrey completed her Licensed Practical Nursing certificate in Winnipeg in 1971, and began her career in health care at The Pas, MB. Audrey married Kenneth Morrison on August 5, 1972. Being married to an R.C.M.P. officer meant living in many communities around the province. They lived in The Pas when they were first married, and moved on to McCreary in 1974. They built their family during this time - Audrey lost her first daughter Wendy shortly after birth in 1975. Keri was born in 1976, and Todd followed in 1979. The family headed to Winnipeg in 1979, followed by Powerview in 1986, and back to Audrey's roots, Winnipegosis, in 1989. After Ken's retirement in 1996, they settled in their current residence in Dauphin. Audrey took pride in being a nurse, and worked as an L.P.N. casually during the kids' childhood, at Misericordia Hospital in Winnipeg, Pine Falls General Hospital, and the Winnipegosis General Hospital. She then took a position at St. Paul's Personal Care Home in Dauphin. She enjoyed connecting with the residents at St. Paul's, speaking to them in Ukrainian. She considered herself fortunate to also care for her mother Olga, at St. Paul's. Audrey was an involved, supportive mother who loved her family unconditionally. She baked and decorated fantastic birthday cakes, and she organized the Winnipeg River 4-H Club in Powerview so that Keri could have similar experiences growing up. She was a hockey mom and always cheered on Todd at his games. Audrey found it very peaceful spending time in her garden. She loved eating freshly picked cucumbers, and always raved about the flavour of garden tomatoes. She spent many afternoons with her sister Sally making borscht, canning dills and tomatoes, and making bruschetta. Audrey made the holidays special and full of love. She enjoyed decorating the house at Christmas time - it always took her two days just to string the lights on the tree! She always bought too many presents for her family, and always made sure everyone's Christmas stockings were filled, except her own! She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She cherished spending time with them baking cupcakes, going to the playground, and going to the lake. She was so thankful she got to meet her new grandson Cale who was born this past July. She was known as Mrs. Kodak especially when the grandkids were around - she was always taking pictures. One of Audrey's most prized possessions was her Costco card - she could spend hours perusing each aisle, and could always fill her shopping cart! These shopping trips fuelled her famous family meals. There was always too much food at the table, and she carried this tradition on from her Baba Gnazdowsky. She loved spending time at the family cabin in Meadow Portage. The big meals and focus on delicious food continued, no matter where she was. She also enjoyed sitting by the fire listening to the wood crackle, and watching movie marathons. Many of her favourite memories were made at the lake. Audrey will be forever missed by her husband of 38 years, Ken, of Dauphin; daughter Keri, Duane and Emma Gray of Calgary, AB; and son Todd, Krista, Callum, Kelty and Cale Morrison of Wood's Creek, MB. She is also survived by her mother Olga Gnazdowsky of Dauphin, MB; sister Sally (Ron) Forgeron of Dauphin, MB; sister Cindy (Terry) Tycholis of Regina, SK; sister Karen (Bart) Blachford of Delta, BC; and brother Ken (Sandi) Gnazdowsky of Kelowna, BC; sister-in-law Judy Campbell of Owen Sound, ON; brother-in-law John Morrison (Bernice) of Sydney Mines, NS; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. She was predeceased by her infant daughter Wendy, father Nick, father-in-law John, mother-in-law Doris, and sister-in-law Cynthia. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to Dr. Mathison, Dr. Penrose, and the staff on the Palliative Care Unit at the Dauphin Regional Hospital, and Dr. Ahmed, Dr. Harding, and the staff at CancerCare Manitoba for their care of Audrey during her illness. Prayers will be held on Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Home in Dauphin. A celebration of Audrey's life will be held on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 11:00 a.m., at the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Home in Dauphin. Cremation has taken place and a private interment will be held at a later date. You can shed tears that she is gone, or you can Smile because she lived. You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back, or you can open your eyes and see all she's left. Your heart can be empty because you can't see her, or you can be full of the love you shared. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember she is gone or you can cherish her memory and let it live on. You can cry and close your mind, be empty, and turn your back, or you can do what she wanted: Smile, open your eyes, and love. Please send donations in memory of Audrey to CancerCare Manitoba or the Canadian Diabetes Association. We love you so much. You had to leave us too soon, but we are so grateful for the time that we had with you. Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services 204-638-4110

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