It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Audrey Rutledge in Qualicum Beach on Tuesday November 16. She was surrounded by her three children, Lou Ann, Terri and Rob, and supported by the wonderful staff at the Qualicum Manor. Audrey demonstrated such strength, grace and love throughout her ten-month journey after her brain tumour diagnosis.

Audrey was born in Purdue, Saskatchewan, to Dorothy and Hugh Hodgson, and is survived by her five loving siblings Fred, Dorothy, Chuck, Skid and Pat. Audrey’s passion for teaching saw her go from the one-room school house at age 18 to teaching inner-city children in North Bay, Ontario for the majority of her 30-year career.

Throughout her life she had leadership roles in Amnesty International, Toastmasters, and the Ontario Federation of Teachers.

After moving to Qualicum Beach 20 years ago, Audrey became actively involved in the community including joining the New-Comers group. A former President of the local branch of Canadian Federation University Women, she particularly enjoyed her work on the scholarship committee supporting young women entering University. She was a contributing member of Saint Mark’s Anglican Church, and her strong faith remained a pillar of strength throughout her cancer journey.

Her memorial service was held at Saint Mark’s Church (with internment at Qualicum Municipal Cemetery) on Saturday November 20.

It was Audrey’s wish that memorial donations be made to her son’s charity “The Healing and Cancer Foundation” c/o Dr. Rob Rutledge, Nova Scotia Cancer Centre, Room 2025 Dickson Bld, 5820 University Ave, Halifax, NS, B3H 1V7. Or online at

YATES FUNERAL SERVICE & CREMATORIUM (250-248-5859) in care of arrangements.

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