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Audrey Joan Russell

January 4, 2012

RUSSELL, Audrey Joan (Mason) – On Wednesday, January 4th, 2012, Mrs. Audrey J. (Mason) Russell of London passed away peacefully at University Hospital in her 81st year. Loving mom and true friend of devoted son Glenn Alexander Russell of London and daughter Carol Ann and husband Robby Cummings of Fresno, California. Dear Nanny of Ryan Frances Gray. Predeceased by sister Winnie Mason. At Audrey’s request, there will be no funeral service or visitation. Her ashes will be scattered over Indian Lake this summer where Audrey had her fondest life memories. Audrey worked at the University of Western Ontario Sociology Department from 1971 to 1997.  Her love of the students and co-workers was enduring and lovingly sustained her for many years after retiring in 1997.  Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Audrey are asked to consider the Trans-Canada Trail (1-800-465-3636). 

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All the best to you as a family in this tough time...

~ Mark Wiebe

Glenn and Carol, My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. I have very fond memories of your Mom and of time spent with her both inside and outside the Sociology Department. She was like a second Mother and a big sister all rolled into one. She had a positive influence on my life and will be missed. I hope your happy memories of your Mom will stay with you for many days to come . Sincerely, Francine Rubin (former graduate student - Sociology Department)

~ Francine Rubin

Carol and Glenn -- Thanks for giving me the opportunity to visit with your Mom in the hospital. Will miss our outings - shopping/lunching. Take care. Sylvia

~ Sylvia Cote

I would like to add my condolences at this time. On the death of a parent, there is a sense of loss that can only become over time, but as time moves on, you will truly realise the nuturing and guidance they provided for one's own journey.

~ John Trowsdale

Carol and Glenn, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

~ Cathy Shaw & Rita Ross

Carol and Glenn -- I worked with your Mom at the University for 10 years and we were good friends (1971-81). I have very fond memories of this dear lady who was like a second "Mom" to all the grad. students in Sociology. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

~ Mary Jo Wyatt

Dear Carol and Glenn, Marilyn and I worked with your Mom for many years and spent many hours chatting with her. She was a wonderful, warm lady who cared deeply for students and was a great friend to us and many others. We are so sorry to hear that she has left us and send you our deepest sympathy.

~ Kevin and Marilyn McQuillan

Dear Carol and Glenn, We were sad to hear of your mother's passing. We both knew her through the UWO Sociology department. She had a significant impact on the lives of many students, and professors and staff always found her warm and approachable. Our deepest sympathies.

~ Eddie Ebanks and Heather Dryburgh

Dear Carol and Glenn, On behalf of the Department of Sociology, I wanted to pass on our condolences. Audrey was a wonderful colleague and friend who contributed much to our department over her many years of service. As graduate secretary, she was so supportive of the students, and quick to share her good sense of humour and expertise to help everyone along.

~ Department of Sociology

Dear Carol and Glenn, Your mother was such a presence in the Sociology Department, always friendly, helpful and especially caring of graduate students. As Graduate Secretary, she carried the program almost from the beginning, growing it into a Ph.D program. She was always very interested in students from Canada and around the world, maintaining contacts long after their graduation. Her long and dedicated service is remembered with much fondness. Rod and Liz Beaujot

~ Rod and Liz Beaujot

One of the very best retirement parties we had in sociology was the one the students and faculty of the Department organized for Audrey. It was a big and emotional night, and I think that it worked so well because it was done from the heart for someone who always gave from the heart. We will miss you Audrey.

~ Tom Murphy and Tess Hooks

Carol and Glenn, I worked with your mother for many years. One of my best memories of Audrey was the time she organized a collection of household goods for our first graduate student from China. Certainly above and beyond her job description. She cared very much for all her graduate students. A strong woman who showed us younger staff the ropes, she will be fondly remembered.

~ Sue Shiel

(Donated to Trans-Canada Trail)

~ Marilyn Belle & Kevin McQuillan

(Donated to Trans-Canada Trail)

~ Department of Sociology

(Donated to Trans-Canada Trail)

~ Rod & Liz Beaujot

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