It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Audrey Johnson (Hartell) on July 3, 2019 at the age of 85. Audrey was born to John and Lily Pope (Tapp) at Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan. Audrey resided on the family farm south east of Tugaske with her parents and siblings. Audrey had great memories of her life growing up on the family farm. Upon completing school Audrey moved to Moose Jaw and worked at a confectionary in Moose Jaw. Audrey married Nelson Hartell October 17, 1953 and they made their home in Tugaske. Audrey and Nelson were blessed with 3 children – Ken, Faye and Joan.
Nelson and Audrey celebrated their 40th Anniversary surrounded by family October of 1993. Nelson passed away March 1994. Audrey married Roy Johnson in 1996 and moved to Moose Jaw. Roy and Audrey enjoyed 12 years together till Roy’s passing in 2008.
Audrey was predeceased by husbands Nelson and Roy, her parents John and Lily Pope, father and mother-in-law Wilson and Florence Hartell, sisters Myrtle Pope and Winnifred Love, brother Bud Pope, brothers – in law Ted Nielson, George Love, Lorne Hartell, Les Hartell, Jack McKee, Al McKinnon, Frank Hunter, sisters-in-law Iris McKee and Ruth Hartell. Audrey is also predeceased by several family members of Roy’s family that touched her life in very special ways.
Audrey will be lovingly remember by her children: Ken (Dianne) and their children Angela (Ray), Cody (Abbey) and Megan (Mario); Faye and her children Trent ( Chelsey) and Crystal ( Max); Joan (Rod) and their children Brandon (Kayla) and Tiffany (Ryley). Audrey will also be fondly remembered by her step children: Betty (Robbie) and their children Rob (Kim), Kara, and Mike, Barry (Heather) and their children Jeremy (Crystal) and Chad (Crystal) , Alan ( Holly) and their children Thomas (Ashlea) and Robert (Susan) Jim ( Debra) and their children Cory and Amber (Perry); Brenda ( Art) and their children Curtis and Deanna (Brad); Lloyd (Brenda) and their children Steven (Serena) and Dean; Sue ( Brad) and their daughter Monica (Steven) ; Rod (Joan) and their children Brandon (Kayla) and Tiffany (Ryley); Ken and his children Natalee and Emma. Grandma Audrey will be tenderly remembered by many precious great-grandchildren that were the “ Light of her Life” She is also remembered by her sisters Irene Nielson and Margaret (Len) Beiler, sisters-in-law Lorraine Hartell, Dorothy McKinnon and by many nieces and nephews.
A devoted loving Mom, Grandma and homemaker Audrey was a fabulous cook and enjoyed preparing meals, delicious deserts and treats to share with anyone who happened to drop in. Coffee was always on and Audrey’s kitchen was the hub for socialization and hospitality. Being a farm girl at heart, gardening was also a passion – canning and preserving vegetables and fruit to be enjoyed throughout the year. Audrey was also always ready for a good card game – always striving for that “29 Hand!”
“Mom’s hold their children’s hands for a while …their hearts forever. “
“Love you forever dear Mom, Grandma, and Great Grandma
In keeping with Audrey’s wishes, a Private Family Celebration of her Life will be held at the Tugaske Cemetary. As an expression of sympathy, donations in Audrey’s name may be made to the Tugaske Cemetery, Box 62, Tugaske,, SK S0H 4B0. The family would like to give thanks and appreciation to the staff at West Park Crossing for the kindness and care that they gave to Audrey during her time there. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Gary McDowell, Funeral Director 306-693-4550