Audrey Hope Krueger (nee Ketchen)
13 October, 1925 – 19 April, 2021
It is with deepest sorrow that Audrey Krueger (our Nana) passed away peacefully on April 19, 2021 in her residence in Calgary, Alberta. Audrey is survived by two children Darrel Erickson (Judy) and Sandy Ferris (Rick), and daughter-in-law Paulette Erickson. She was predeceased by her youngest son Leslie Erickson. She has a full team of grandchildren: Michael Ferris (Ivanna), Bobby Ferris (Kristine), Melanie Harris, Carrie Erickson (Trevor), Warren Erickson, and Tanya Sera (Mark). Her biggest fans were her 15 great-grandchildren from all over Alberta and the Yukon. Nana was also loved by a large group of extended family and friends.
Audrey was born in Wadena, Saskatchewan in 1925 where she lived an exciting farm life with her siblings Amy, Angus, Art, and Doug. She was known for her wicked baseball arm and collection of freckles. Audrey married Bill Erickson in 1947. After a couple years on the farm, they moved with their young son Darrel to Flin Flon, Manitoba. They lived in the mining town for 10 years adding Sandra and Les to their clan. During this time, Audrey was a mainstay on the Creighton Ladies Softball Team.
In 1960, the family moved to Thompson, Manitoba. Audrey was busy raising her three children while working at the Simpson Sears Catalog Store. During her years in Thompson Audrey became an active member of the Legion Ladies Auxiliary. They enjoyed a busy life of sports and friends in Northern Manitoba.
In 1974, Audrey married Norman Krueger and moved to Fort McMurray, Alberta, another booming mining town. She worked for Syncrude for many years and enjoyed the frequent visits from her children and grandchildren. Their time in Fort McMurray was cherished by many friends, hunting, and enjoying the outdoors. It was in Fort McMurray where Nana’s beloved Friskey entered her life. This little short haired terrier was Nana’s companion for years to come. After Norman’s death Audrey retired and moved to Airdrie, and later Calgary. Both of these locations were favorite meeting spots for Audrey’s family from Westlock, Medicine Hat, and Calgary. Nana was known for her fabulous cooking and baking, in particular her cinnamon buns and Spudnuts available only at Christmas. She spent time teaching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren the Spudnut tradition - it will be one that is carried on for years to come. If you were fortunate enough to try one of Nana’s Spudnuts (even frozen), you were very lucky!
Audrey spent her last years at Swan Evergreen Village in Calgary, Alberta. She made many friends and always appreciated her care and how the staff treated her. Her family is thankful for the respect and care that Nana was provided in her final days.
Audrey will be missed by her family and friends. She will be remembered for her extreme love and kindness to all. So many people that have crossed paths with our Nana have fond memories and experiences of the friendship and support she has provided. You may have even enjoyed a “splash” on her deck or around her table.
A service will be held in the summer when her family and friends can gather safely. In her memory, donations can be made to the Salvation Army Calgary, (https://salvationarmy.ca/donations/).
- Salvation Army Calgary
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Audrey Hope Krueger (nee Ketchen)
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28 April 2021
Reading through all these lovely tributes Audrey did indeed leave quite the legacy. We met her twenty years ago when we moved into our new condo complex. Fun loving, with a quick whit, Tom and Gary had someone to share their love of sports with over a "wee splash" on either her or Jean's balconies or on our patio. Our deepest sympathies go out to Judy and Rick as well as all of Audrey's family whom she absolutely adored. We heard many stories about her grandkids and great-grandkids. She loved to knit for them.
I have attached a photo taken at a New Year's Eve party at Jeans. Audrey was beautiful inside and out. We miss her very much.
Tom & Alfie
26 April 2021
I, along with mom (Joy Krueger), and on behalf of Kristine & Dale, James, Karen & Kevin, Kristoffer & Kendall and Kevin & Breann send our heartfelt condolences.
I loved Nana's Jam Jams, and have happy memories of visiting her as a kid, and later staying with her over the weekend as a young adult and having a Girl's Night In, and snuggling with Frisky, though I could never fully get into watching curling and used to give her a hard time about it.
Rest easy, Nana, and please say hi to Dad for me.
Kathy Laycock (nee Krueger)
Paul and Barb O'Brien
25 April 2021
Our heartfelt condolence to all of Audrey's family. She was certainly one loving, kind, generous, classy lady!For us she was not just a great neighbour in Airdrie but more importantly a special friend. When she moved in next door to us, we immediately felt her warmth and compassion in our many conversations. She had a quick sense of humour with a little bit of mischievousness! We just clicked..especially after our little "splash" nights. Her favorite greeting was "Hi Ho neighbour" like Tim Allen's neighbour in the show Tool Man . We were the fortunate recipients of many spudnuts, baking and shared meals. Even her creative knitting of slippers and socks! We loved being part of her family gatherings at Christmas with the adults at her house and the kids playing games at our house. We joined the Legion together and spent alot of happy hours with Nevada tickets and listening to one of her favorite song "there's a tear in my beer 'cause I'm crying for you dear" -on repeat - much to the chagrin of other patrons. Our visits with her in Calgary were long ones sharing updates on family and photos.
Audrey, you leave quite a legacy ! You will be missed but may the fond memories, and shared stories of time spent with you bring peace and comfort to all.
23 April 2021
I have known Audrey all my life, my mom was born in Wadena, i was born in Flin Flon, where we lived and then we all were all living in Thompson. I am sending peace and love to your hurting, healing hearts, Sandra and Darrell, your families and i am sorry about Les. I used to babysit Michael and have pictures of him and Bobby when they were small. Sherry loved Audrey and used her as a pseudo grandma when we lived in Bonnyville. I am truly sorry....she was a wonderful “aunt” to me and a wonderful grandma to my daughters...in fact, Auntie Audrey helped me through many times as i was a new mom with Sherry....just the other day i was thinking about how i used to eat all her cold mashed potatoes from her fridge and she never had leftovers for potatoes.....i am so sorry for being such a hungry teenager! I send lots of prayers.....much love, Audrey.....enjoy your journey now....
Cheryl (Maltby) Annand
22 April 2021
My condolences to Darrel and Judy and Sandy and Rick and their families. I remember your Mom and reading the lovely tribute to her brought a smile to my face. Like so many of those early Thompson mothers she was a strong lady who loved her children. You will all miss her but I am sure she will live on in your stories and memories of her - oh and of course in her Christmas Spudnuts!!
22 April 2021
This world has lost an incredible lady. She was fun, energetic, and had such a sweet smile and laugh. My condolences to all of her family.