Audrey Marina Gear

28/11/1957 - 24/10/2020

Obituary For Audrey Marina Gear

November 28, 1957 – October 24, 2020

We are saddened to announce the unexpected passing of Audrey Gear on Saturday, October 24, 2020. Audrey passed away at home in Grande Prairie, Alberta at the age of 62 years.

She was a beloved daughter, mother, grandmother, and friend to many people.

Audrey was born to parents Blanche and Ted Gear on November 28, 1957 in Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador. She spent her childhood in Labrador before finding her home in Alberta. She worked several jobs throughout the province and could be found feeding a hungry crew, which she greatly enjoyed. She loved to bake, grow flowers, and was very proud of her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her mother Blanche Gear, brother Tim Gear, daughter Corrine Gear and her four children Kiera, Brandon, Kaitlyn and Kayla, daughter April (Jerry) Conway and their two children Jerry and Lilly-Ann Conway. She will be lovingly remembered by her partner of over 20 years, Lawrence Bodnar.

Audrey has many people that will miss her every day.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742

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Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs to Lawrence and Audrey's children and grand children . My favorite memory of Audrey is when we had to go to Grand Prarie for a hockey tournament and she was the best hostess ever. She even let us use her car to get around since we came in with the hockey team on the bus. She would have her fresh baking when we returned. Remembering her wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts . Rest in Peace now Audrey. You are with the angels now with Lorraine spreading your wings together
- Debbie Piquette
Our deepest condolences on the passing of Audrey, mother, grandmother and partner. She was a genuine, kind woman with a huge heart and gentle soul,. Whenever we visited, she always made us feel very welcome and at home. Our sympathies to Dad and Audrey's Children and grandchildren.
- Mike & Tracy
April, Jerry, Lilly and Jerry. Sorry for the loss of your Mom, Mother in law and Grandmother. RIP Audrey. - Rita &Jerry Conway
My thoughts and prayers are with Audrey's family during this difficult time. I have fond memories of Audrey where we would have great chats while she was trying to feed me with her great food at our place of employment. You are with the angels now sweet Audrey. Love to all!
- Jonathan
Audrey was the best hostess ever !! John and I , Lawrence and Audrey played horse shoe and yard games all day , went out to the casino where we all lost our money except Audrey who couldn't stop winning. Went to bed quite late yet she still woke up early and made a super delicious apple pie for breakfast. Just a small example of what a special person she was that some people may not have known. Audrey had a big heart and a lot of soul. Rest In Peace now Audrey. I hope you're with Lorraine now and spreading your wings together, enjoying the beautiful flowers and birds. Cheers.
- Joanne Bright
Dear April and family, May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. Sending love, hugs and our most sincere condolences across the miles. Gerry & Dana
- Gerry and Dana
Audrey welcomed me to her family with open arms. She was a huge part of her grandchildren's lives when they were younger. Thank you for always supporting us and our young family. We'll all miss you.
- Jerry Conway

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