Aurora Frances (Tewksbury) Reford died peacefully in her reading chair at home on Moylinny Farm on March 15, two months shy of her 92nd birthday.
Born in Calgary in 1927, Tewky (her nickname since childhood) was the youngest of four children born to Bertrand Tewksbury and Edna Mulligan. A star athlete at Western Canada High School, she worked for the Calgary School Board and then in the oil industry. An avid skier, she was the Calgary Ski Club nominee to be Queen of the 1951 Banff Winter Carnival.
While skiing at Lake Louise, she met geophysicist Michael Stephen Reford (1926-2005); they married in 1954. They raised four sons on Moylinny Farm, her home for nearly fifty years. She fashioned the farm into a paradise that welcomed visitors for a cup of tea and a chat. She was a community activist and dedicated countless hours to local schools and the English-language CEGEP, Heritage College. An outdoorswoman and enthusiastic gardener, she shared these passions with countless friends.
Mourning her infectious enthusiasm, her vivacious conversation and her insatiable curiosity are Stephen (Sandra), Lewis (Esther), Alexander (Trish) and David (Stephanie) and nine grandchildren: Sophia, Michael, Isabelle, Robinson, Jamie, Jack, Lewis, Elsie and Lucie.
In lieu of flowers, please give to the Aurora Fund created by her to encourage young musicians and performers at Les Jardins de Métis (Reford Gardens), 2OO Route 132, Grand-Métis, Québec, G0J 1Z0
A service in her memory will be held at Christ Church, Aylmer, on Wednesday, May 22 at 2 pm.