On Sept 13,2016, Muriel Ann Smith went to be with the Lord from the 100 Mile House Hospital.
She was born Aug. 2, 1941 to Leonard and Lillian Smith of Garthland, SK. in the Prince Albert Hospital in Saskatchewan. In addition to her parents, Muriel was predeceased by her brother, Ross and sister, Vivian, her son Ricky, parents-in-law R. George and Helena Smith, brothers-in-law, Edgar & Dalvin Smith, sisters-in-law, Irma Mackie & Norma Unger.
Muriel lived the cowboy life with simple gratitude along side her life-long love, friend, and husband for 56 years Allan.
Mom, also affectionately known as Mommy, Momma, Mopsy, & Grandma will be dearly missed by her four children: Cheryl Gordon (Ronald), Brenda Hammond (Garry), Connie Smith and Darcey Smith; grandchildren: Ricki Smith (Krista), Sadie & Kylie, Amy Smith & son Ian, Trevor Gordon (Brittany), Brady Smith, Shanda Lyons (Scott) & Marshall, Chantel Gordon, Steven Hammond (Chelsea) and Mason; brother Arthur Smith (Peggy); sister-in-law Avon Smith and brother-in-law Clifford Smith.
Muriel made an impression on many people with her broad smile, quick wit & gentle loving nature. Brian (Lorna) Kascmar and children Bailey & Justin were adopted into the family many years ago.
Muriel was a wonderful homemaker, teacher and mother who instilled her standard of living onto her family.
Muriel’s schooling began in Garthland, SK. Her father, Leonard, enlisted in WWII and the family moved to Winnipeg in the early 40’s. The men were shipped from Pier 21 in Halifax overseas. The family moved to Vancouver in 1955 and lived also in Kindersley SK. and Kinistino SK., where Grandpa had a shoemaking shop for awhile and then in Saskatoon in the shoemaking trade. They moved back to Garthland to farm. Muriel worked out at an early age. She married Allan, a home boy from Macdowell, SK., on
Jan. 23, 1960. Allan worked in the bush falling and bucking, and experimental work with Forestry for many years. Allan and Muriel continued in the cowboy way of life on community pastures in Pleasantdale, McAuley & Esterhazy. During this time the Rodeo was a big part of their life. Muriel worked in health care, Addictions and Special Needs. The ranching industry brought them to BC into the northern mountains. Muriel and Allan eventually retired here in the Lake District where their close friends live.
Mom’s struggle with respiratory issues resulted in the diagnosis of Pulmonary Fibrosis. As a family, we cared for her at home the best we could where she was comfortable and wanted to be.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.
Pall Bearer – Ricki Smith (eldest grandson)
Honorary Pall Bearers – Darcey Smith, Trevor Gordon, Steven Hammond, Brady Smith, Ian Smith, Marshall Lyons, Mason Hammond, Barry Law and Ben Holleywell.