Audrey Josephine Knie

September 29, 2020
The Mouse Who Roared
Audrey Knie, the fashion maven of second hand clothes, died on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. Affectionately called ‘Mouse’ by those who knew her well, but her three children Lynda, Rick, and Lisa, knew her otherwise. At all of five feet, Audrey was a lion in mouse’s clothing. She faced many challenges throughout her life, but Audrey’s fiery spirit proved resilient every time. She was one of few working women in the 1950s, beginning her professional career as a registered nurse in Oshawa and Scarborough. She valiantly survived cancer in her mid-twenties, incurring radiation damage that affected her in to her final years. When faced with raising three children as a single parent, Audrey returned to school to complete her B.A. in Psychology at York University and her M.S.W. at the Wilfred Laurier University, later returning to her hometown in Midland working as a family therapist at Kinark Children and Youth Centre and a private psychotherapist.
Audrey was dedicated to working hard and made life-long friendships wherever she went. She had an impressive ability to connect with everyone who crossed her path and as a result she was surrounded by great friends her entire life. Audrey had a huge heart, and while she loved her friends and her children, nobody held a more important place in her heart than her six grandchildren – Amanda, Elissa, Kate, Michael, James, and Alex – whom she was all so proud. Like all lions, Audrey couldn’t be tamed. She spent her life exploring new places, embarking on solo adventures abroad and trying new things. When it was time for another change, Audrey uprooted her life and moved to the ocean in Sooke, BC. Even in her final months, when she could no longer live independently, she dedicated so much of her energy planning all the ways that she could remain in her beloved oceanside condo. After two extended hospital stays and three care homes, Audrey’s energy finally faded. With two of her loving children by her side, she breathed her last breath and will be forever missed.
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