Audrey passed peacefully at home with family and friends at her side.
Born in Innisfail Alberta, Audrey attended nursing school at Royal Columbian Hospital in Kamloops. She started her nursing career in Invermere in 1957, and became the Director of Nursing in 1964, where she worked until retiring in 1990.
Audrey was a dedicated health ambassador and a strong patient advocate. Patient comfort was her main concern and she spent many hours making sure patients throughout the valley received the equipment that they needed from the Red Cross Loan cupboard to make their recovery from surgery more comfortable.
She recently received the Provincial Citation Award from the Red Cross that is given for special service. She was also a long-time volunteer for the Invermere Hospital Auxiliary.
Audrey lived life to the fullest. After retiring she and George travelled extensively and visited many counties. Keeping fit was very important to her and she regularly attended the Fitness Center classes late into her life. She also enjoyed hiking, skiing, tennis, golf and of course she loved her KH coffee.
She leaves her loving husband George Thornton, daughter Yvonne Thornton, brother Norman Bryan and many nieces and nephews.
Thank you to Audrey’s friends for the love and care she received during her last time with us.
Also thank you to friends and family who continue to provide support.
A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Inveremere Hospital Auxiliary.