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AUDREY BERDINA WHITE

Born: Sep 05, 1927

Date of Passing: Nov 09, 2020

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AUDREY BERDINA WHITE
September 5, 1927 - November 9, 2020

Aunt Audrey has gone
to be with Uncle Ronnie

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of an amazing mother, grandmother, sister and auntie.
Audrey is survived by her son, Ron Jr. (Shelagh); sisters, Francis and Bernice; and brother, Theodore. Left to cherish her memory are her beloved grandchildren, Mahri and Malcolm; special nephew, Walter Dorrington; numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and countless friends, old and new.
Along with her loving husband of 62 years, Ron Sr., Audrey is predeceased by her brothers, Roger and Don; sisters, Joyce and Shirley; and her parents, Garnet and Mabel Thomas.
Audrey was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia as the oldest of eight children. She quickly became her mother's right hand, taking care of her sisters and brothers while her mother and father tried to make ends meet during the depression. Times were tough, but these challenges would build strength in Audrey, as she developed a strong work ethic that blended well with her natural sense of humour and positive attitude. She did well in school and excelled at sports - especially basketball, leading her team, the Amherst Dodgers, to the Intermediate Championships in 1946. When she was still a teenager she started working in a cafe, where she began to hone her skills as a proficient cook.
Audrey and her future husband, Ron, knew each other all through their childhoods, and took part in many picnics, baseball games and family functions together. When Ronnie went away to serve in the Second World War, she patiently waited for his safe return.
After they got married in 1948, Audrey and Ronnie moved out west to Winnipeg to find work and start a family. Initially Ron worked at CN with his brothers, Leroy and Mike, and Audrey worked in the bustling garment industry. Audrey often told the story of how, after their first winter in Winnipeg, she suggested to Ronnie that they go back to Nova Scotia. But they had started to put down roots, and Ronnie soon had a good job with Canada Post.
For many years Aunt Audrey and Uncle Ronnie opened their home to family, friends and all waifs and strays. Their hospitality and generosity was legendary. Audrey loved creating a warm and inviting refuge filled with love, and the smell of fresh baking.
In 1964, Audrey and Ron welcomed Ron Jr. (Kippy) into their family. The role of motherhood came naturally to Audrey, and she and Ronnie showered their new addition with unending affection and attention. Audrey also showed the same comfort and loving care to many nieces, nephews and grandchildren in her care over the years.
Another area where Audrey's skills and prowess were unmatched, was in the kitchen. Anyone who had the pleasure of sitting down for dinner at Audrey's left with a full belly, a smile, and probably a doggie-bag. Roasts, chicken, spare ribs, countless sweets, pies, and goodies of all kinds were always in abundance. She enjoyed cooking, and loved it when she could share the bounty and feed a crowd.
When Ron Jr. was old enough, Audrey went back to work. She excelled at helping others, and enjoyed many years of dedicated service working for home care.
In retirement, Audrey cherished her time with family and friends, and was fortunate enough to vacation in Hawaii with close family friends, Stella and Charlie. Audrey and Ronnie also enjoyed late night card games with her brother, Theodore, and Gertie and George Hill.
Audrey was talented at knitting, crocheting, quilting and sewing, creating countless beautiful keepsakes for loved ones, and eventually sharing her knowledge and skills with her granddaughter. Throughout their lives, Audrey enriched the lives of her two grandchildren, spoiling them with many treats, and passing on her knack for mischief.
After she lost the love of her life in 2010, Audrey made the difficult decision to scale down and move into assisted living. She loved her new home at Sterling House, and was able to enjoy the care-free lifestyle that she so well deserved, while making great friends with the staff and residents.
Audrey was a wonderful, caring woman, with a mischievous smile and quiet grace. Her unending generosity and inclusive nature touched many, many people, and leaves a legacy that will live on.
The family would like to thank the amazing staff at Sterling House. Their genuine care and attention made Audrey's time there a joy. They would also like to thank the wonderful nurses and doctors at the Victoria Hospital and the St. Boniface Hospital. Their dedication in these trying times is so much appreciated by the family.
Unfortunately, due to the current situation in the province and the world, a traditional funeral service is not possible. To celebrate her life, we would like to encourage everyone that knew Audrey to please leave a message of condolence or share a fond memory at www.greenacresfuneralhome.com

We love you, see you again soon.

GREEN ACRES
Funeral Home and Cemetery
(204) 222-3241
Condolences may be sent to
www.greenacresfuneralhome.com

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 14, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Sending Our Deepest Sympathy From The Congregation Of Pilgrim Baptist Church. Audrey At One Time Played The Organ and She And Ronnie Were Involved And Faith Full in Many Things To Help Pilgrim Baptist Church. Rest In Peace Brother And Sister Ronnie White We Love And Miss You.God Bless You . - Posted by: Pilgrim Baptist Church (Christian Place Of worship) on: Nov 23, 2020

  • I met the White family 46 years ago, when I had just immigrated to Canada from the Caribbean. I met Mr. & Mrs. Ron and Audrey White and their son Ron Jr. through one of my best and closest friend to this day, their nephew; Walter Dorrington. Walter and I became very good friends quickly. Me being new to the country and not having any relatives in Winnipeg or Canada for that matter so, wherever Walter goes I would try to tag along. We were frequent visitors at the Whites residence for both casual visits as well as dinner invitations. I was always welcomed with kindness and open arms by the Whites, and was treated like a member of the family. Over time, through the bonds and closeness that we shared, Mr. and Mrs. Ron & Audrey White become Uncle Ron and Aunt Audrey to me, my wife, our children and a grandchild. An honour and privilege we hope to cherish for life. Over time, my family (new then) became regulars at the White’s household for both casual visits as well as for dinner invitations. Dinner was always a blast OH-MY… the food, the baking, desserts all were just scrumptious, the very best, Aunt Audrey put out a feast. No matter the number of invited guests, Aunt Audrey would typically have more food selections on the dinner table than the number of guests in attendance. The food selections were endless, desserts endless and after dinner, no one leaves without a takeout container. How she did it, I don’t know… But, always does it gracefully, accommodating and with kindness. Aunt Audrey was always so very kind, generous, friendly, smart, caring and a very good listener. She would always show genuine interest and asked about our families back in the Caribbean. I know that I’ve had some prudent no nonsense parental guidance and advice form Aunt Audrey that I cherished to this day. One of the many memorable occasions for me….. One cold winter night (my very first winter in Canada) Walter and I went to Aunt Audrey and Uncle Ron for dinner on Keewatin. The usual feast was served. After dinner was done and the dishes were put away, we all went downstairs the basement and I had the shock of my life when I saw Uncle Ron sitting on his recliner, smoking his pipe, and a live fire was going full… BLAST… flames and all in the basement. In the Caribbean, where I came from, those type of fires are done only for outside cooking, and not for heating a houses. You can only imagine my surprise. First, the cold winter and then this indoor fireplace WOW… what a shocker. I’ll never forget that experience and there were others. Aunt Audrey; one of the most beautiful, smart, strong, kind, caring, giving and accommodating person I’ve known. We missed the good times, the great cooking (the dinners, baking) and so on, also the fellowships and comradery. We know that you and Uncle Ron are now together with your maker and looking over all of us and especially: Ron Jr. (Kip) Shelagh, Mahri and Malcolm. Rest In Peace (RIP) Aunt Audrey until we meet again. Your extended family. The Charles family- Ted, Jean, Tenje, Kayla and Kendra - Posted by: The Charles family (family friends) on: Nov 22, 2020

  • Ron, so very sorry to hear of your moms passing. Each and every time I met her, even in the briefest of moments, I always felt the warmth she seemed so effortlessly to radiate, her gentle sparkling eyes and always how she made everyone feel, so loved. Another one-of-a-kind, special souls moving on in this already trying year. Words are so little solace at these times but please know you and your family are in our thoughts and in our hearts. Wishing you, peace, comfort and courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to hold forever. Our deepest condolences and much love to you and your family. Mike & Jen Pietrano - Posted by: Mike Pietrano (Friends) on: Nov 16, 2020

  • Our family had the good fortune to become a part of Audreys extended family when Ron and Shelagh began their life together. She came to mean so much to each of us. We will miss her dearly. We love you Nan. Tracey, Ron, Laura and Fiona - Posted by: Tracey Olafson and family (Sister and brother in law and cousins to Mahri and Malcolm) on: Nov 15, 2020

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