Audrey Alice Johnston Ingalls passed away Saturday night at the Grand Manan Nursing Home.
It is difficult to put into a few words all of Audrey‘s accomplishments in life. She began teaching rural New Brunswick in 1943 at the ripe old age of 17 and continued the career by supply teaching even after her retirement in 1987. Her teaching touched students from the 40’s to the 2000’s. Many who enjoyed her classes share stories of her wit and humour and talent for making each subject interesting. She was recognized by her colleagues with the Centennial Award for teaching, the highest honour New Brunswick offers teachers.
Audrey was also gifted musically. Her nimble fingers offered out many tunes from the piano for hundreds of community events and school productions. She was instrumental in beginning GM music festivals and she taught multiple instruments to her band students through the years. Many of those instruments were provided to the school by Audrey’s generosity.
Audrey was also generous with her time. Not only was she called upon to write hundreds of verses, songs, and ditties to suit any social or political occasion you could name, she was also a glee club director, a choir accompanist, and a curling coach, skit writer and amateur comedienne. Her community involvement and musical talent won Audrey the Order of New Brunswick in 2006. Early in her teaching career, Audrey pioneered girls’ basketball on Grand Manan as coach. One of Audrey‘s most prized possessions was a plaque she received in appreciation from her first girls’ basketball team.
Audrey is survived by her son Jonathon (Karen Coulter) Ingalls, of Hamilton, ON, and her daughter Heather (Norman Buchanan) Ingalls, of Grand Manan, NB. She also has a step-grandson, Nick (Jill) Buchanan and nieces Katy and Emily Johnston, Lianne (Rex) Harris, Susan (Gary) Williams and Jennifer (Bay) Underhill, as well as one nephew, Jody (Michele) Graham and several great-nieces and nephews.
Audrey was predeceased by her parents, Edward and Joy Johnston; her loving husband, Robert Ingalls; her brother, Herbert Johnston, and her nephew, Bill Johnston.
At Audrey’s request, there will be no funeral service. A memorial will be held Thursday, Sept. 13, at St. Paul’s Hall in Grand Harbour, 7:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to GMCS Music or Drama, Action Ministries or the donor’s choice.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of Ells Funeral Home Inc., 1199 Route 776, Grand Manan, NB E5G 1G2. Condolences and messages of sympathy may be sent to www.ells.ca or (506) 662-3116.