Day 83 – It is with deep regret and sorrow that we have to announce the sad and untimely death of Audrey Smith-Campbell a striking member of the Kingsbridge Heights Rehabilitation & Care Center. Audrey was a 3pm – 11pm shift CNA who had 30 years of service at the nursing home. She was a warm, kind woman who always smiled and was always positive. She had many close friends at Kingsbridge and here in our community as well.
We are all very saddened as we all knew Audrey in one way or another, my Mother had worked with Audrey in the nursing home as a CNA many years ago. Audrey had cared for Sheila’s Grandmother for many years and there was never a time that I saw Audrey that she did not say hello or ask about everyone.
Audrey suffered from asthma and struggled through the bad weather with difficulty in breathing, but she never missed a beat on the picket line. Audrey was planning to retire after the strike was won.
As you see in the picture below, Audrey had attended the Long Island Federation Congressional night and had her picture taken with Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Steve Israel.
Audrey you will be greatly missed, rest in peace our dear friend.
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free!
I follow the plan God laid for me.
I saw His face, I heard His call,
I took His hand and left it all…
I could not stay another day,
To love, to laugh, to work or play;
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
And if my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss…
Ah yes, these things I, too, shall miss.
My life’s been full, I’ve savored much:
Good times, good friends, a loved-one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief—
Don’t shorten yours with undue grief.
Be not burdened with tears of sorrow,
Enjoy the sunshine of tomorrow.
Till tomorrow, STAND STRONG!