On Friday, Aug. 25, 2023, after a wonderful day with family in London, Ontario, Audrey Kemp of Clinton passed away at the age of 77.
She is predeceased by her parents, Alonzo and Dorothea Hayley of Victoria, British Columbia.
Our mom loved her family dearly and leaves behind her children: Christine (Carl) of London, Rob (Linda) of Toronto, and Alonna (Ian) of London. She was saddest of all to say goodbye to her treasured grandchildren, Harry, Audrey and Lauren Mavromichalis; Jamie Kemp; and Jack and Robyn Dodd.
She will be lovingly remembered by her siblings Rod Hayley, Susan Wardell, and Pam Yorath; and her nephews, nieces and cousins.
Mom’s career as a schoolteacher started in Victoria, British Columbia and took her on an Arctic adventure to teach in Qikiqtarjuaq and Kugluktuk, Nunavut, before she settled in Clinton. She taught at several Huron County schools, with 16 years at Hullett Central Public School. She was a proud member of Beta Sigma Phi, and gratefully received her 60-year Diamond Circle pin during a lively party in her honour just days before her death.
As an active member of Wesley-Willis and then Clinton United Church for 50 years, she enjoyed participating in UCW meetings, bazaars, dinners and penny races. She taught Sunday School for many years, but her greatest joy was singing in the church choir.
Our mom was a dedicated volunteer for the Alzheimer Society of Huron-Perth. She deeply valued the opportunity to support the important services they provide. In 2022, she was humbled to receive the Gandon Award in recognition of her contributions.
Always interested in the world at large, Mom was an avid reader, CBC Radio listener, and enthusiastic traveller who visited Ireland, Curacao and Scandinavia in recent years. Our family would like to thank the health care workers at Clinton, Goderich and St. Thomas hospitals; the nurses on the eighth floor of University Hospital and especially hematologist Dr. Cyrus Hsia, whose care and kindness will always be remembered.
Cremation has taken place. Please join us at Mom’s funeral service on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m., with visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral, at Clinton United Church.
In lieu of flowers, Mom requested donations be made to the Alzheimer Society of Huron-Perth. For donation information or to leave an online condolence, visit www.westviewfuneralchapel.com