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Audry O’Neill Layton, a woman who lived to the age of 91, passed away on October 27, 2023. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Donald Layton, as well as his daughters, Lou-Ann and Dawn. Audry was also preceded in death by her siblings, Clarence, Mary, and Pauline, as well as two infant sisters, sister-in-law Mary, and her parents James and Agnes O’Neill. However, she is survived by her niece, Marj Rakanovic, and nephews Jim O’Neill and Dave O’Neill, along with many great and great-great nieces and nephews. Audry is also survived by Don’s grandsons, Nathan and Dorian Layton, and their families.

Throughout her life, Audry deeply cared for her extended family, particularly her niece and nephews and their families. She played a significant role in their lives, and even her great nieces and nephews affectionately knew her as “Dovy”. Audry was a longstanding member of the CWL and was known for her generous spirit. She greatly appreciated the support and kindness of her friends and neighbors in her final years, and her family is thankful for their assistance. Special gratitude is expressed to individuals such as Mike and Mary Vann, Mary Ann Flemming, Dave and Marilyn Dunn, Gail Cooper, and Anne Cook. Audry will be missed by her dear friends Grace Lemon and Margaret Mitchell, and her lifelong friend Theresa Bushell, who passed away before her.

During her life, Audry resided at Oxford Manor for two years, where she received exceptional care. The staff members were consistently praised for their kindness and attentiveness, and Audry’s family is grateful for their unwavering support. Additionally, the many PSWs who provided assistance and Lisa Hackett, who brought her comfort and treated her like family, are commended for their care, particularly during the challenging COVID-19 lockdown period. Audry also spent some time at Alexandra Hospital, where she received excellent care. The staff visits were greatly appreciated, and special recognition is given to Dale Flemming for his efforts to uplift her spirits.

In her final two years, Audry resided at Fairview Mennonite Home in Cambridge, where she received exemplary care. The caregivers there showed appreciation for Audry’s sweet nature and feistiness while consistently demonstrating patience and kindness. Her earthly journey has now come to an end, and she will be dearly missed. As per her request, there will be no visitation. A funeral service will be held at Sacred Heart Church on November 2, 2023, followed by her interment at Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Oxford. Personal condolences can be posted at the website of McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home, which is entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

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