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FRANCES MATILDA SMITH (published on July 22, 2009)



FRANCES MATILDA SMITH (nee STEVENS) November 30, 1931 - July 20, 2009 With very heavy hearts, the family of Frances Matilda Smith (nee Stevens) announces the passing of our dear mother and grandmother on July 20, 2009. Frances was predeceased by her husband Ivan in July of 2008, and her parents F.E.W. (Walter) and Dora Stevens. She leaves to cherish her memory daughter Barbara Brown (Mike), sons Steven (Olga), Robert (Deb), and David (Audrey); grandchildren Brandy, Nolan, Amy, Lindsay, Stacey (Scott), Curtis, Josh, and Kylie; great-grandchildren Taylor, Cameron, and Elizabeth. Mom was born on November 30, 1931 in Salcoats, Saskatchewan. Her early years were spent in Salcoats until she moved to Winnipeg in her early teens. She graduated from St. John's Tech and continued her education at Success Commercial College. Frances then began work at the conference office of the United Church of Canada before joining the staff at the Welfare Council of Greater Winnipeg. It was at the Calling Lakes Centre (PCTC), Fort Qu'Appelle, SK, in 1953 that a young man from Viscount, SK, entered her life. They were married on November 13, 1954. Their life together began on the Smith family homestead in Viscount. In June 1967, Ivan was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament at which time they began a lifetime of service that would take them to many pastoral charges in Manitoba and Saskatchewan Conferences of The United Church of Canada. The care and nurturing of children was always a special gift of Mom's. A life time of volunteering, acting as a surrogate grandmother, as well as time spent working as an Educational Assistant with children with exceptionalities, were all reflective of her kind and giving spirit. Frances enjoyed being with the children in the Y Neighbours program; volunteered at the Winnipeg Music Festival; served on the Executive of the Eastern Manitoba Square and Round dance Association and spent many happy hours square dancing; camping in the Triple E in many campgrounds and in the Yurts at Spruce Woods Provincial Park. She loved watching the hummingbirds at Traverse Bay, roasting hotdogs over a campfire, making S'mores, the full moon and the stars, listening to the birds sing, and watching for the wild lady slippers to bloom in the spring. Her hobbies included baking, making preserves, quilting, knitting, and crocheting. Each one of her grandchildren will cherish the quilts that Grandma made with love for each of them. Mom and Grandma we love you and will miss you always. The family wishes to extend their thanks to Dr. Pol Morton for his compassionate care, the W.R.H.A. Palliative Care Team and Home Care who provided excellent care of Mom over the past few months. Thank you to everyone who visited with her, brought food, and supported us through this difficult journey. A celebration of Frances' life will be held on Thursday, July 23 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Church in Meadowood, 1111 Dakota Street with Rev. Shelly Manley-Tannis officiating. Interment will take place at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens. If friends so desire, memoriams may be made in Frances' memory to the Calling Lakes Centre, P.O. Box 159, Fort Qu'Appelle, SK S0G 1S0 or to the Mission and Service Fund of the United Church of Canada, 3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 300, Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4. Online condolences may be sent to jamiesonsfuneralser@mts.net. Jamieson's Funeral Services of Glenboro in care of arrangements. 1-204-827-2480.


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