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Catherine Elsie Smith

August 23, 1931January 8, 2021

Catherine (Elsie) Smith August 23, 1931 – January 8, 2021

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Catherine Elsie Smith at the age of 89. Elsie passed away peacefully in her home in the early hours of January 8th. Over the past year, Elsie lost her ability to walk, so was kept at home and cared for by her husband, son and daughter as well as many care aides.

Elsie was born in Pincher Creek, Alberta. She was the youngest of 6 children of Harry and Catherine Annie Smith. She lived with her family on a ranch near Beauvais Lake (West of Pincher Creek). This ranch was homesteaded by her grandfather in the early 1900’s. She and her sister, Annie, boarded at several places, as there were no schools near their home.

She and her friend Jack Smith (son of Elmer and Emma Smith) started their courtship in 1946, which lasted six years until they married at Fort McLeod, AB on Feb. 2, 1952. Their time together spanned an amazing 74 years and they never missed a Christmas together during that time.

Elsie was a kind, loving and generous person, who’s first love was family. She truly loved children, and they loved her as well. She was an extremely hard worker and for enjoyment she liked to cook. She was a remarkable lady in the kitchen. She was extremely talented with needle work, embroidery, knitting and crocheting. Both she and Jack were very much involved in music and music remained an immense love and comfort to her, right to the end.

Elsie will be lovingly remembered by; the love of her life, husband (Jack), son (Larry) and daughter (Sharon) as well as five grandchildren (and their families); Jason, Jackie, Theresa, Melissa and Christina, as well as six great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and friends... all of whom she adored. Elsie was predeceased by her parents, her six siblings and her beloved son, Mel (1983).

Family would like to thank Dr. Dave Arnold for his kindness and care over the years. Also, all the Interior Health Care Aides, who cared for Elsie on a daily basis.

If you knew Elsie, please take a moment to remember her and feel free to share photos and fond memories you may have of this wonderful lady.

No service will be held at this time due to the COVID pandemic.

Your Hug Meant the World Nobody held us so tight, or made us feel so right No one’s eyes shined so bright with love As you, who is now high above

Forever in our hearts... Until we meet again.

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Edi-May Smithiies

January 19, 2021

My Mom knew Elsie and her Smith family when they were school girls in Gladstone Valley and the Beauvais district. Mom maintains that Elsie was one of the kindest people she has known. Elsie was the last of her family’s generation. And with her passing, a chapter of history closes. Rest In Peace, Elsie - safely home in Heaven at last. ❤️

Melissa Hofman (Smith)

January 14, 2021

Grandma,

Although I miss you dearly and selficially want you back, to feel you squeeze my hand one more time, to embrace in a hug, or a gentle gentle kiss on my cheek, I know you're where you're meant to be now.

I have so many memories of you, of us.

How I'd always pinch the skin on the back of your hand because I thought it was funny how it would stay sticking up.

Always eating ice cream out of the Popeye bowl.

The bird with mercury in it that drank the water - MAGIC!

You always waving goodbye from the kitchen window.

The visits to McDonald's the morning you'd take me home from my stay during summer vacation.

The silly penguin Halloween costume you made for me.

The outfits you sewed for my teddy bears.

Walking Barney to get the mail.

I have not even one bad memory of you and I will miss you indescribably.

Goodbye. ♡

Norah Slater

January 14, 2021

My condolences to the family.

Kathy Sletto

January 14, 2021

Elsie was an angel on Earth with such a big heart I will remember her smile her singing and her positive energy She will be deeply missed God wanted his angel back home Rest in Peace Elsie

Colleen Anderson

January 14, 2021

Dear Sharon, Jack & Larry,
Mom, Chris & I are very sorry for your loss and send our deepest sympathy & condolences to you. I know I will always remember your Mom in the kitchen singing and cooking up a storm as your Dad was coming home from work and it was important your Mom had his supper cooked. Your Mom was such a joyous, wonderful person to be around and always so happy especially in the kitchen. I also remember the times when heading over to your place and your Mom & Dad had just pulled up in their station wagon from getting groceries, I was amazed at the number of grocery bags those two would lug into the house, I'm sure your Mom had purchased a couple weeks of meal planning if not more as your Mom was so happy in the kitchen. Treasure the memories, I am so sorry for your loss, hugs always !

Audrey & Robert Jackson

January 13, 2021

It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone. A part of us went with you, the day God took you home. If tears could build a stairway, and heartaches make a lane, we’d walk our way to heaven, and bring you back again. In life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still, in our hearts you hold a special place no one will ever fill. Music is the voice of our Soul, The notes the words, The song the story of our Life. May you sing forever with the angels.... Love You Forever....our dearest Auntie Elsie. Audrey & Rob & our families.

Sarah Millar

January 13, 2021

I have so many memories of auntie Elsie. All throughout my childhood her and uncle Jack would make the trip to pincher creek to visit the Jackson clan almost every summer/fall. Music was always going on my grandma’s guitars (auntie Elsie’s sister Ann). One of the last times they came to visit in 2018 we sat around a table talking for hours about anything and everything. I always loved hearing the stories from when she was a young girl living on the ranch at beauvais lake.

The last time she and uncle Jack came to visit she got to meet my fiancé (boyfriend at the time). It was such a wonderful visit, many laughs were had and I’m grateful that she was able to meet Colm. I remember her saying to Colm “make sure when you propose you get a green ring, not a ring that turns her finger green!” (My promise ring was silver plated and turned my finger green lol). And when he proposed he had an emerald engagement ring, so he listened to you auntie! :)

The best thing I shared with auntie though was all the photos of our son Lochlan over the past 4 months. And I know she will continue to watch him grow and thrive along with my grandparents Ann and Vern ❤️

The photo I’ve attached is my favourite childhood photo of me and auntie.

Jess H

January 13, 2021

I am so sorry for the family's loss. These are difficult and sad times. My condolences.

I remember a few summers back, Jackie and I drove up to Sharon's and we took a visit to Jackie's grandparents' home. That was the first and only time I met Jack and Elsie. I remember Elsie was back and forth, putt-ing about between the kitchen and the living room, and she was happy to have us over to visit. Jack was regaling me with stories on the couch. It was a nice little snapshot memory I have of being welcomed into their home. I had a lovely time and I was glad to have met Elsie, even for a short time.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY