Audrey May Noton (Duff)

Mom passed away peacefully January 4, 2016 in Campbell River, BC at the age of 86. Audrey was born on the family farm in Olds, Alberta on May 11, 1929. As the youngest of six children, Audrey’s childhood was full of laughter and hard work. Even as a young child she displayed a generous and determined spirit that she carried through life.

She married Ken Noton in 1951 and they settled in Duncan to raise their family. Audrey worked diligently as a bookkeeper and later owned and operated her own free range, organic dairy farm long before it was cool. After her husband’s death she and her son Kenny moved to Campbell River where she owned and operated a log hauling business until retirement. She was a vibrant, strong-minded woman who “didn’t take no guff from nobody”.

She enjoyed horseback riding and reading but she was happiest when surrounded by family. She was also an excellent cook and her pies and buns were the highlight of family meals. She had a passion for animals of all kinds, especially the pet dogs she loved over the years. Her eye for beautiful jewelry and expensive sparkle is well known in the family (and has been appropriately inherited!).

She is survived by her sister Alma Harper, her daughter Beverley Mitchell (Gregg), granddaughters Lana Lounsbury (Jeff), Jan Frew (Doug), Ruth Eden (Travis) and Karen Wylie (Ian) as well as great-grandchildren Claire, Hudson, Garrett, Dane, Aiden and Evita. She was predeceased by her husband Ken, and her son Kenny.

We are extremely thankful for the unfailing kindness and attention she received at Golden Grove Care Home. The owners and staff were like family to her during Mom’s three and half years of residence there.

There will be no funeral however an open house for friends and family is planned for Saturday, January 16th, 1 – 4 pm. at the Mitchell home, 835 Eland Drive.

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