Mary Elizabeth SMALE nee Derraugh

Mary Elizabeth SMALE nee Derraugh

Jan. 27,1917 – Jan. 1, 2014

Peacefully on New Year’s Day in 100 Mile House, B.C., Mary Elizabeth Smale, formerly of Heart’s Desire Heights, Ottawa, Ont., passed away, four weeks short of her 97th birthday, after living for some years with Alzheimer’s.

Mary was predeceased by her beloved husband Hugh (2009 – married 68 years) and her infant daughter Nancy.

Loving mother of Sheila Gannon (Malcol m Loyst) of Lanark, Ontario; Richard (Janice) of 100 Mile House, B.C. and Michael (Charlotte) of Courtenay, B.C.; dearest Grandma of Sean (Jenni) Gannon, Alexandra Smale and Roxann Draper; great-grandmother of Mathieu and Chris Albert and Mary Margaret and Elijah Gannon.

Lovingly remembered by her sister Irene McKinven and her brother John Derraugh. Predeceased by her sisters Esther Eaton, Jane Obradovic and baby Margaret; and by her brother Bill.

Mom’s passion was teaching and, while it took her some time with the war, child-rearing and working, Mom succeeded in obtaining her BA from Carleton University in 1957 and a Master’s in Education from Ottawa University in 1972 in order to be the best teacher she could be. She taught for the OCDSB, especially kindergarten for many years. Continuing education courses allowed her to add counselling to accompany her teaching. She was so concerned with the mental well-being of her charges. She helped children who had trouble with reading long into her 80s.

Her other passion was volunteering, especially for the CNIB. She sewed hundreds of vests that were used on the Guide Dogs in training.

Our family sincerely thanks Dr. Frank Mah and the rest of the medical staff at 100 Mile Hospital and, especially, the nurses and the great care aides at Mill Site Lodge, who made such a big difference in Mom’s quality of life in her last difficult years. You are the best.

As per Mom’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no service. Donations may be made in Mary’s name to the charity of your choice

Mom, you will be truly missed.

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