Audrey Mavis GINN

(nee Saunders)

passed away at Rosewood Care Home in Chemainus on June 15, 2006.

Audrey was born in Reading, England, on March 30, 1909, and immigrated to Canada with her family in 1912. After a few years in Alberta, she and her family moved to Victoria, where she worked for several years before being invited to serve as a departmental manager at Birks in Vancouver. Married at Lamalchi Bay on Kuper Island in 1949 to Roy Wilfed Ginn, a Vancouver marine lawyer, she began her association with Chemainus. Widowed in 1952, she, together wiath her ailing, elderly mother and a housekeeper, moved to Folded Hills Farm at Lamalchi Bay to live full-time on the 100 acres bequeathed to her.

Over the years she laboured to maintain and improve the farm. Thanks to her efforts electricity and telephone service were extended to the south end of Kuper Island.

In 1971 she moved to Saltair and subsequently to Chemainus. Active in the Chemainus Valley Historical Society since 1963, she was a contributor to the book “Memories of the Chemainus Valley” and at the time of her death was the last surviving charter member of the Society. She often rejoiced in meeting many of her friends and their descendants from Kuper Island. To so many she was “Auntie Audrey”.

She is survived by her grandnephew and godson Edward Wilson of Victoria. Special thanks to the staff at Rosewood for their care and also to her very good friend and helper Susan Hart. By Audrey’s request, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chemainus Valley Historical Society or to the charity of one’s choice.


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