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COATS, Audrey (née Hooper)

January 12, 1923 – April 18, 2012

Audrey Coats of Calgary, passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at the age of 89 years.

Born in Calgary, Audrey attended Stanley Jones, Balmoral and Crescent Heights schools. She was a dedicated CGIT member and leader, then joined her two sisters in earning her RN from the Calgary General Hospital School of Nursing. After graduating, she nursed at the CPR clinic and remained an active member of the CGH Alumnae for sixty-seven years. Audrey married the love of her life, John Coats, in 1951, and left nursing to pursue a new career as devoted wife and mother. She was an active member of Central United Church, where she taught Sunday School and served on the Board of Elders.

Audrey was predeceased by John in 2010 after fifty-nine years of marriage. She is survived by son Doug (Pat) Coats; daughter Amy (Chuck) Dunbar; grandchildren, Jennifer (Greg) Kenney, Christy Coats, Mike Davidson, David Coats, and Steve Davidson; great-grandchildren, Hannah, Emma, Noah and Ava Kenney; sisters, Mary Christie and Margaret Austin; and numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws. She was predeceased by her parents, Sid and Jean Hooper, and siblings, Nell McCullough, Stead and George.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor’s choice. Many thanks to the wonderful staff at Staywell Manor for their help and care.

In living memory of Audrey Coats, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Allison Humphreys :

    I will remember Audrey for her fineness of heart, that was shown in her dedicated caring for family and others. I hold fond memories of both her and John’s support for me when I was a young person attending Central United. May family member’s hearts be held to grace at this time of loss.

    Very best regards,
    Allison Humphreys

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  2. Myles Prange :

    Dear Doug and family, I was saddened to read of the passing of your mother. Leslie and I will be thinking and praying for you. Take care.

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  3. Dear Doug and Amy,
    Garfield Anderson and Eileen Thurlow have told me of the passing of your mother. When my son was born we lived in Altadore just a few doors away from your dad and mother. Doug, you were just one year old. Your mother looked after our son who was just a few weeks old for his first year. How fortunate we were to have had her wonderful care! We both moved to other parts of the city but would see each other at school board functions over the years.
    Audrey and John were a remarkable couple – always so caring of each other and of others – from their extended family to neighbors and friends. Since moving to Comox, BC 19 years ago I personally lost touch with them but would hear of them from mutual friends. Audrey missed your dad so much and I like to think that they are together again. My sincere condolences to you and to your family, Amy, and to Doug and your family.
    Marj Klem

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  4. Stuart Rieger :

    Doug, I was saddened to hear of the passing of your mother. I wanted you to know that we are thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. I hope that you are able to take comfort in your memories and knowing that your mother is together with your father now in a better place.
    Take care, Doug, we all miss you and we’re thinking of you.
    Stuart Rieger

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  5. Doug and Pat,

    It is with profound understanding that I offer my thoughts, prayers and condolences to you and your family. As I, too, lost my mother a couple years ago, I know that a person is never “ready” to lose a loved one and will never know just how deeply this loss will be felt. No trite or cliche phrases here, just know that your grieving is recognized and understood.

    God Bless you all,


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  6. Greg & Maureen Ramage :

    Dear Coats Families:
    We send you all our deepest sympathy and prayers that you will be surrounded by many Earth Angels in your time of sorrow. We knew your Mom from Central and she was a lovely lady. God Rest Her Soul.

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  7. Lois Gray(nee Thompson) :

    I wish to send my deepest sympathy to
    the passing of your Mother Audrey. I was one of the young ladies that had to have the privlege of being in Audrey’s class CGIT at the Church next to Balmoral School. Audrey made it possible for me to go to the CGIT summer camp. It was the only camp I ever got to go to. I had so much fun and still remember the songs we sung. I have never forgotten her kindness. Audrey was a wonderful CGIT leader- our ggroup loved her.

    Lois Gray

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  8. Susan Clarke :

    Amy and Doug,

    I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. Your parents have a special place in my heart. They were two of my biggest supporters when I was young and swimming internationally. They were always interested in hearing about my travels and experiences and were often there to provide words of support as I trudged up the path beside your home on my way to or from practices.
    Your Mom was a very special lady. May your memories bring you comfort at this time.
    Susan Clarke

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