Suddenly and peacefully on May 9, 2013, Audrey Edith MacMillan passed away after 81 years. A Vancouver native and a Britannia High School graduate, Audrey majored in retail management at UBC and was an active member of her undergraduate class. She joined the Alpha Phi sorority and helped start apparel sales in the UBC Varsity Shop.
Upon graduating she began working at the Hudson’s Bay Company and married Douglas MacMillan, BCom’55, in 1959, raising their children, Bruce, BCom’82, Jane, BHK’94, and Ross, in Montreal and North Vancouver. In 1985 she returned to work after her father passed to manage her family business, Progressive Engineering Works. Upon retirement she moved to Little River near Comox, BC, where the Butler family settled a generation earlier, moving from Brigus, Nfld. Little River was where she was happiest, building a homestead and garden that she loved to share.
A Celebration of Life amongst the rhododendrons in Audrey’s garden was held on May 20, 2013, where family and friends from BC, Alberta and the US shared memories and stories of her legacy.