Even with the limitations of being 93, Audrey MacKinnon loved her life and would have liked more. She died suddenly on Saturday 29 December having spent a wonderful Christmas with all her family and many visitors.
Audrey was born 30 October 1925 In Plaster Rock, NB the first of seven children of Fraser Company Lumber contractor Leonard Robertson and Helen Murphy. She was the first baby baptized at St. Andrews United Church following the formation of the new United Church of Canada. After graduation from Plaster Rock Superior High School, with University out of the question, she enrolled at Pond’s Secretarial School in Fredericton finishing her course early. She accepted a position as bookkeeper for William R MacKinnon at Lounsbury Company Ltd. in Doaktown beginning a seventy-five year love affair with the Miramichi and with ‘the boss’ son’. She and William Russell MacKinnon were married on 2 September 1946 and had a full and enduring personal and professional partnership.
Audrey became involved with Bill in his forestry business W.R. MacKinnon Ltd. and Stedman’s store as well as becoming one of the community’s most active and dedicated volunteers. Of all the organizations Audrey joined, none received more of her attention than the Central Miramichi Historical Society. As a founding member she played a pivotal role in the restoration of the Nelson Hollow Covered Bridge and the establishment of the Doak House as a provincial historic site. This led to a decades- long involvement with the formation and ongoing support of the Atlantic Salmon Museum.
Her community involvements included The Eastern Star, early years of the Doaktown Fair, Canadian Bible Society, the NB Bicentennial Commission in 1984, Doaktown Curling Club, United Church Women and many other programs of St. Thomas United Church.
Audrey loved her family and innumerable friends, politics, the Tobique, their many Florida years in Clearwater, champagne, shopping, The Coffee Club at Shannex, doing laundry and yellow roses. She was a Superstar in everything she did especially being a mom.
Audrey is survived by her husband Bill, her sons William Robertson MacKinnon and Leonard Graeme MacKinnon (Gail McLeod), granddaughters Beth Ann MacKinnon and Lynn MacKinnon and great grandchildren Catherine, Edmund and Eleanor Brodie; her siblings Helen Frenette, Dale Robertson, Betty Stevenson, Myrna Gunter and Cheryl Robertson; sisters-in-law Margaret Salter, Moyra Morrison, Ruth Todd, Linda Foster and Shirley Robertson, brother-in-law DR Morrison, several nieces and nephews and ‘adopted” caregiver Marybeth Ethier.
Besides her parents, Audrey was preceded in death by infant daughter Melanie Beth MacKinnon and sister Faye Lebel.
Visitation at Saint Thomas United Church Doaktown on Tuesday 1 January from 5 to 8 pm. Funeral service to be at the Church on Wednesday 2 January at 12 noon followed by interment at the United Church Cemetery and reception at the Atlantic Salmon Museum.
Memorial donations will be appreciated to The Atlantic Salmon Museum and Saint Thomas United Church.
Audrey’s family is beyond appreciative of the loving care and attention from our dedicated team of personal caregivers over the past years as well as Dr. James C Collings, Dr. Pamela Jarrett, Dr. Heman Chow, Judy Lane of Home Care by Design and all the great staff at Shannex, Parkland in the Valley.