Obituary of Audrey Ann Martell
Audrey Ann Martell, 78
It is with much grief and sadness that the Martell family of Port Morien must announce the passing of their beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Audrey Ann Martell (78). Audrey passed away on Saturday April 9, 2022, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, surrounded by her sons. Audrey was born in Glace Bay and lived all of her adult life in Port Morien with her husband of 58 years, William (Bill) Martell. Audrey and Bill had four sons, Howard (Kim), Glen (Linda), Bob (Tanya) and BJ (Sandy) and six grandchildren (Bhreagh, Cayliegh, Cameron, Colby, Chase, and Bailley); also surviving Audrey are her siblings Joan, Irene, Joe, and Linda.
Audrey was predeceased by her brother Peter, mother Hazel, father Joe and daughter-in-law Keltie.
Raising four boys, Bill and Audrey kept busy spending their summers on the Mira River camping, boating, and fishing and spent many hours at the hockey rink in the winter. Audrey worked as a schoolteacher for over 30 years, retiring from Grand Lake Road Elementary School in 1995. Once Bill joined her in retirement, they put many miles on their Ford Ranger with a truck camper and 12ft aluminum boat. Camping and fishing were among their favorite pastimes, and they rarely missed an opportunity to travel around Nova Scotia finding the best places to hike and fish.
Audrey especially cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren. Family camping trips to provincial parks with everyone around the campfire and Christmas mornings with wrapping paper and gifts from one end of the rec room to the other were among her favorite times.
Audrey loved to garden and for many years was likely the envy of her neighbours with flowers and vegetable plants that she raised from seeds in her growing room. With those home-grown vegetables she made the best pickles and preserves that were impossible to replicate. She also took up quilting for a time. Each of the quilted gifts she gave to her family will now be even more treasured. Many people will also remember Audrey as an avid walker. She wore out dozens of pairs of sneakers walking from her home in Port Morien to the Sand Bar and back numerous times a week. Even her younger family members could not keep up with her pace.
Audrey will be sorrily missed by her family. Get togethers without her infamous apple pie, the mouth-watering smell of her Fat Archie molasses cookies, and Christmas dinner without her Christmas pudding for dessert simply will not be the same. Her kindness, generosity and caring nature will live on in her children and grandchildren.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and compassion of T.J. Tracey Cremation and Burial Specialists, 370 Reserve St., Glace Bay. 902-849-4199.
An event to celebrate Audrey will be planned at a later date.
Words of comfort may be expressed to the family at www.tjtracey.com.