With sadness we announce the passing of Audrey Marguerite Taylor On October 3, 2010, 24 days short of her 100th birthday.
Audrey was born on October 27th, 1910 in Bromley, Kent, England to Dr. Victor and Marie Jaynes, the 2nd youngest of 5 children. She was predeceased by her father, mother , brothers Guy and Harold, sister Peggy and husband Arthur James. Survived by daughter Jean
(Jim) Simpson, brother John in England and nephew David (Gillian) Jaynes also in England In 1938 Audrey emigrated to Canada after successfully applying for a driver position with the Sunday School Mission, Anglican Church, Rupert’s Land Diocese. The van, a Model T Ford, criss-crossed the northern prairies during the late depression bringing church and Sunday-school to settlers in isolated areas. With the outbreak of WW II imminent, she opted to remain in Canada
when her contract with the Mission ended. She settled in Vancouver’s west end where she took employment as a governess and met her future husband Arthur. Following their July 1940
wedding Arthur promptly left with the Canadian Corps of Signals for duty overseas. Audrey spent the war years in a primitive cabin on 5 acres in rural North Vancouver with no running water, indoor plumbing, electricity or central heating. After the war Audrey and Arthur eventually purchased Montromley Press, a family printing business which they owned
and operated for 35 years. On retiring in 1986 they moved from West Vancouver to White Rock. After Arthur’s death in 1992 Audrey continued to reside in her home until 2005 when deteriorating health forced a move to nearby Evergreen Baptist Care Home. During her time in
White Rock she was active in St. Mark’s Anglican Church especially with the ACW.
In 2007 she moved to Foyer Maillard, a care facility in Coquitlam, to be closer to her daughter and in July 2009 when her daughter and son-in-law retired to Nelson, B.C. she was transferred to
Jubilee Manor. Unfortunately by this time dementia was too advanced for her to appreciate the cheerful surroundings and exceptional care provided by the staff of Jubilee Manor although
she did enjoy playing bingo almost until the end of her life. She played the cello and was an excellent pianist, a skill she enjoyed for her entire life.
In her youth she was an avid skier, winning numerous races in the Swiss Alps where the family spent their winter vacation. In England she enjoyed horse-back riding including steeplechasing and other equestrian sports. She was an excellent swimmer
able to complete endless laps of the pool without any sign of fatigue. Later in life she enjoyed watching television, especially her beloved Blue Jays baseball team and and was an ardent news junkie. She loved to walk and continued to do so even when a walker became necessary. Large-print mystery books, crossword puzzles and other word games occupied the remaining hours of her day.
A memorial service will be held on Friday. November 12, 2010 at 7:00 PM
from St. Saviour’s Anglican Church with Rev. Sue Basek officiating.
Cremation has taken place. As an expression of sympathy family and friends may make donations to Nelson Jubilee Manor 500 W. Beasley St. Nelson, BC. V1L 6G9. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. On line condolences may be
expressed at www.thompsonfs.ca