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Audree Kelly


(née Wighton)

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Audree Lavane Kelly (née Wighton) on Sunday May the 16th, 2021 at 2:15pm at Deer Lodge Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. After losing the love of her life, Ronald Kelly, in November last year Audree Lavane Kelly (née Wighton) has gone on to join her beloved husband. Left to mourn Audree is her son, Todd Anthony Wighton Kelly and granddaughter Riley-Rae Kelly. Audree was predeceased by her parents, Elaine Crowder and Geroge Wighton.


Audree married Ron December 3rd, 1955. They became proud parents to their son Todd in 1961 born at the Health Science Centre Women’s Pavilion Winnipeg, Manitoba. They became Grandparents to a beautiful baby girl Riley-Rae Kelly on November 1, 1989. 


Audree had many achievements throughout her life. She was the first female in Manitoba to ever receive an award for selling Stocks & Canadian Investment Bonds and Top Seller in Manitoba Award. She acquired a personal letter of recognition from the president of Richardson’s at the time for largest account attained within the company. Audree worked at many well-known companies such as; Royal Trust Company, Green Shields Brokerage Firm and Richardson. Audree was the only employee at the time at Richardson that was allowed to have personal clients while employed. Anyone that knew her, knew her work was her passion.


She went on to retire at the age of 35 where she continued to manage investments and stocks from home as she pleased. She carried her strong financial experience and background to her husband's personal business in the dental industry where she managed all administrative duties and finances. The quality of her work was carried out and recognized through all of her years. She was tactful, competitive and achieved her goals. 


Audree and her husband, Ronald, pursued an interest in showing and breeding Miniature Schnauzers together. They were extremely successful in showing dogs throughout North America and Europe. Winning Top Schnauzer in Canada twice, receiving hundreds of first place showings and ribbon presentations in Canada, the U.S.A. and Europe. They accumulated and decorated wall to wall the showroom with close to a hundred trophies and around a thousand dog show winning ribbons from their kennel. Kelly Sue Kennels was well known throughout North America for the quality of their breeding. First in North America to produce a 100% pure black Miniature Schnauzer, which was highly sought after in the dog breeding community. The quality of their breeding ability had created waitlists up to two years. A month before Audree’s death she received a plaque from the Canadian Kennel Club for 50 years of dedicated service. Their son, Todd, began to help with the family business by grooming, docking of tails and the removal of dewclaws surgically. He eventually began preparing and grooming dogs for presentation and show. 

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Audree loved spending time with her family at their lake front cottage. Their home was always bright and filled with puppies and dogs of all ages. Audree and Ron enjoyed hosting barbeques and yard parties for friends and family whenever Ron and Todd were successful at drawing her away from her home office or her office at the cabin. Audree also showed a vast interest in a variety of different collectables as well which was used to fill and decorate their two homes. She had an extensive collection of fine crystal and China of all sorts. She had an eye for furs and custom-made jewelry. The couple travelled and collected many authentic carvings and very unique pieces from all over the world. 


Audree is remembered for her intelligence, drive and determination. She adopted technology with ease and would be considered now as an “early adopter”, a technophile for her generation. Her enthusiasm for advancements in investments and stocks was very impressive. Audree's network of friends was mainly formed on the world-wide web, where she has lifelong pen pals. Sadly, Audree developed delirium after a hip surgery in her early eighty’s which slowly led to dementia. Her beloved husband, Ronald Kelly, passed away on November 8, 2020. After losing her best friend and life partner of 66 years, Audree’s health declined immensely. She passed away 6 months later on May 16, 2021 in Deer Lodge Centre where she had been residing following the death of her husband due to the decline of her health. She will be greatly missed and remembered by her son Todd Kelly, her granddaughter Riley-Rae Kelly and her sister in-law Isobel Kelly.  

“Grief, I've learned, is really just love.

It’s all the love you want to give, but cannot.

All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest.

Grief is just love with nowhere to go.”

-Jamie Anderson 



Dad and I miss you and love you a lot and we are glad you and Dad/Grandpa are together again. 

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