It is with great sadness that the family of Audrey (Muriel Audrey) MacLise announces that she passed away peacefully on June 24, 2013 at the age
Born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta February 5, 1929, to Preston and Emily Bugden, Audrey was the youngest of four children. Her father worked as a station agent for the railroad and the family lived in the station at Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. She spent most of her early years in the Fort Saskatchewan area. When her father Preston died early at the age of 36, the family moved into Edmonton.
Audrey met Hugh MacLise at a dance in Grimshaw, Alberta, and the couple were married in 1955. They moved to BC in 1961, first living in Penticton, then moving to Williams Lake in 1962.
Audrey had a varied work history. In her early years, she worked in a ladies wear store and for several oil companies in Alberta. After relocating to Williams Lake, she worked for the college teaching accounting courses, and also worked at the Williams Lake Tribune as advertising manager. Audrey developed an interest in real estate and got her real estate license in 1973. In 1975, she opened her own real estate office, MacLise Realty Ltd. In 1977, her husband Hugh retired from a long career as a pharmacist and joined Audrey in the real estate business. They worked together for many years and established a solid company. Hugh became ill and passed away in 1998. Audrey continued in real estate until her retirement in 1998.
Audrey then turned her attention to community work and advocacy. She found great personal satisfaction from making a difference in the lives of others. She enjoyed a challenge, and did not mind being an outspoken advocate for issues affecting seniors in this community. Audrey was instrumental in the development of the Elder College, Seniors Advisory Council, Alzheimer’s Resource Center, and Alzheimer Support Groups.
Audrey was predeceased by her husband Hugh MacLise, sister Margaret (Didi) and brother Benjamin Stanley Bugden.
Audrey will be lovingly remembered by her sister Norma (John) Crozier of Namao, Alberta, her daughter Alison, son Scot (Adele) and granddaughter Emily, sister-in-law Eleanor MacLise of Winnipeg, Manitoba, sister-in-law Eileen MacLise of Nanaimo, numerous nieces and nephews and many close friends and acquaintances.
Special thank you to Pat, Janet, Deborah, Allen, Hal and Susann for their unwavering support, Sharon for her care and commitment, Dr. Rees, Central Cariboo Hospice Society and the many close friends who expressed their care and concern during Audrey’s illness.
A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday July 2, 2013 at 11:00 am at St. Andrew’s United Church with Reverend Jenny Carter officiating. A tea will follow in McKinnon Hall.
Those wishing to make a donation to honour Audrey’s memory may do so to the Cariboo Hospital Foundation Trust, Canadian Diabetes Association or the Alzheimer’s Society of BC.
Compassionate Care entrusted with arrangements.