It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Audrey Gillis Buliziuk (nee Muir), of Fernie, BC on September 27, 2022 at the age of 85 years.
Audrey was born in Fernie on February 12, 1937, the daughter of Margaret (nee Jamieson) and Alton Muir.
Audrey spent her entire life living in various parts of the East Kootenays; from Fernie to Waldo, Newgate and Kragmont in the South Country. She waitressed at the White Spot Restaurant on main street Fernie, and worked in the kitchen at the Muir logging camp. This is where she met and then married William (Bill) Gillis. Shortly afterwards, the couple settled in Fernie where their family was completed with the arrival of two sons, Michael, and Darryl. Audrey cleaned houses for many years, and worked at the hospital in the laundry and the kitchen before she retired.
Audrey was a beautiful soul; she was easy to talk to and made many friends over the years. She enjoyed being part of the “Koffee Klan”, a group of ladies that have been meeting each week for 59 years to have coffee and snacks, tell some stories, and share some gossip. Audrey was a wonderful storyteller, and we will all miss listening to her tales.
She was predeceased by her parents, Alton and Margaret, her first husband William (Bill), her sister Sue, and just 23 days ago, her beloved son Darryl.
She will be lovingly remembered by her son Michael (Bonnie) Gillis, grandchildren Niki Gillis, Angela Gillis, Heather Matheson, Tara McDonald, and Kieran McDonald, great grandchildren Ryley, Rohan and Jaxon, her brother Bill (Sharon) Muir, sister Ruth Dicks, nieces Cindy (Bob) Johnsen, and Vicki Hayward, and nephews Rick Wright, and Wes (LeeAnn) Wright, along with many other extended family and wonderful friends.
The Gillis family would like to thank the staff of the Elk Valley hospital for helping Audrey over the last few years, and especially in her final hours. We would also like to thank the health care workers who came into her home daily; you held a special place in her heart.
The family would also like to thank everyone that has reached out to us during this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Twin Meadows Animal Rescue in Fernie or to your local SPCA.
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Twin Meadows Animal Rescue
214 Riverside Rd., Fernie BC V0B 1M1