Audrey Catherine O’Neil
O’NEIL, Audrey Catherine (Steeves)
It is with heavy hearts that the family of Audrey O’Neil announce her passing on September 25th at the age of 71 years. She will be forever missed by her soulmate and husband of 48 years, Kevin, their two children Greg (Stephanie) and Leanne (Cam); grandchildren Braxton, Gunner, Rylee, Sophie and Brielle; sister Barbara and brother Gordon (Allison). She is predeceased by her Mother and Father, Ruth and Dudley Steeves, her Mother-in-Law and Father-in-Law, Fran and Bob O’Neil, and Sister-in-Law Janice Steeves.
Audrey grew up in Montreal and attended Macdonald Campus of McGill University where she and Kevin met. After graduation, they moved west, and settled in Edmonton, where she enjoyed her 30 year career in cytogenetics at the University of Alberta Hospital.
Besides the love of her profession, she was always the family cheerleader, attending Greg and Leanne’s sporting events when they were young, and ultimately her grandchildren’s activities as well. Audrey loved baking and cooking, making raspberry jam and relish, gardening, reading and volunteering. Her butter tarts were always a big hit at Christmas.
She enjoyed conversations, whether on the phone or by email, with good friends that she had met throughout the years. Near or far, she always loved these talks. Audrey loved to travel and took full advantage of this after her retirement. When treatments kept her closer to home, Audrey and Kevin bought their “happy place” in Canmore at the base of the Three Sisters mountains.
The family wishes to thank the professionals that treated Audrey along her cancer journey including Dr. S. Basi, Dr. K. Hoffart, and the Palliative Home Care Team.
To the staff and volunteers of the Roozen Family Hospice Centre where Audrey was so fortunate to spend her final days, words cannot express the gratitude we feel for the kindness and compassion that you provided to us all.
In keeping with Audrey’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held at the Derrick Golf and Winter Club, Thursday October 5th at 11:00 A.M. Knowing Audrey well, you would know she would not want this to be a somber occasion, but a celebration of her life in a colourful and bright setting.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Audrey’s memory can be made to the Pilgrims Hospice Society (www.pilgrimshospice.com).