Mrs. Audrey Bryson

Mrs. Audrey Bryson (O'Brien)

Sunday, August 8th, 1926 - Thursday, August 15th, 2019
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Mrs. Audrey Bryson (nee O'Brien), age 93 years, passed away peacefully surrounded by love in Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre Thursday, August 15, 2019.

Audrey was born in Smith Falls, Ontario on August 8, 1926. She was raised and educated in Montreal. In 1949, Audrey met the love of her life, William “Bill” Bryson, and after a six week courtship they were engaged. They were married on September 24, 1949 and together they created a warm and loving home. Audrey was a beautiful woman, devoted wife and a caring mother. She was a fierce card player and taught all of her grandchildren to place Deuces, “trying” to teach them how to win - but somehow managing to have all the good cards, always splashing at the end. Cards was her way of connecting as a family and it was about being together. She celebrated her children and grandchildren's successes and always encouraged them to reach their goals. She never missed an opportunity to build up her family and celebrate all of their accomplishments. Audrey enjoyed family gatherings and was happiest when they were all together.

Their life in Chapleau was full of love and laughter. Audrey made friends easily and her outgoing personality made it easy for her to keep many lifelong friendships. She was involved in curling and never missed a card game. Her competitive yet kind nature allowed her to have fun – but still win!

She was a woman of very strong Catholic faith and a member of the Catholic Women's League. She never missed a daily rosary or Mass on her iPad.

In her 10 years living in Jasper Place she kept her social life, attending as many events as she could and making many more friends along the way.

Audrey is survived by her children Bob (Claudette), Terry (Diane), Kathy (Ian) MacDonald, Dan (Ruthann Francis), Tim (Tammy), Mary (Al) Wilkinson and Colleen (Mike Lavoie); grandchildren: Stacey (Brent), Tracey (Mike), Michael (Amy), James (Jazzmine), Laura (Adam), Brendan (Alex), Patrick, Benjamin, Megan, Lisa (Jake), Alisha, Adam, Leann (Cole) and Matthew; great grandchildren: Jonathon, Tyler, Skyla, Jayden, Olivia, Ava, Ethan, Will, Everett, Abel, Logan, Emily, Jack and Mia. Also survived by her sisters, Margaret Hopkins, Betty Beaton, Viola O'Brien and Marlene Dumont; sisters-in-law Gail O'Brien and Joan (Johnny) as well as numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives.

She was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Bill; grandson Ryan; brother Peter O'Brien and brothers-in-law Doug, Bruce and Nook.

Funeral services for the late Mrs. Audrey Bryson will be held on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 10:30am in the WESTFORT CHAPEL, 420 West Gore Street at James with Fr. Jerin Louis officiating. Interment will follow in St. Andrews Cemetery.

If friends so desire memorial donations to the Northern Cardiac Fund would be appreciated.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 10:30am
    Everest of Thunder Bay - Westfort Chapel
    420 West Gore Street at James, one block south of Frederica
  • Interment

    St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Cemetery
    Oliver Road at Balmoral / Algonquin beside Riverside Cemetery
  • Reception

    Everest of Thunder Bay - Westfort Chapel
    420 West Gore Street at James, one block south of Frederica




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Cathy Rose

Posted at 11:41pm
My deepest condolences to the Bryson family. Keeping you in my prayers during this difficult time. Your mother was a wonderful woman.
Cathy Rose (Lingenfelter)

Jim Pullen

Posted at 06:41pm
Audrey will be fondly remembered by her family and friends for how she 'inspired' and was 'admired'. Her common touch and qualities were without limits. My sympathies to all who are touched by her passing. Jim Pullen

Susie and Jim Crooks

Posted at 07:54am
We want to offer our sincere condolences to the Bryson family. I met Audrey a few times but always enjoyed her company. She was a lovely, spunky lady and know she will be missed a lot by her family. Take peace in all the wonderful memories. Susie and Jim

Dave Van Wagoner

Posted at 08:59pm
To the Bryson family and to my former work colleague and son Terry- I read in the Saturday Chronicle Journal of your mother’s passing and of what a wonderful life she lived and obviously passed on those great life skills to her children- I know sympathizes expressed at this time can not help replace the void her leaving has left but please be assured that she will long be remembered for a life well lived- sincerely, Dave Van Wagoner

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Tuesday, August 20 2019 at 10:30 am