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Fiche créée le : 2004-07-01
Décès le : 2004-07-01
Parution : 2004-07-03
Paru dans : Ottawa Citizen, ON

SMITH, Bette Anne. Bette Anne slipped away from us in the early morning hours of July 1. She died at home, at her beloved farm, at the age of 74, with her husband John at her side and with her faithful dog Brandy at her feet. She faced her battle with lung cancer with dignity and courage and even kept her sense of humour until the end. Bette Anne had a huge appetite for life, a determined spirit and a very strong sense of family. She was a champion tennis player, golfer, skier, world traveller and storyteller. Bette Anne was trained as a nurse, but took time out from her career to raise four children. She later returned to the work force after completing a degree in psychiatric nursing. She was the Director of Healthcare for Canada for St. John Ambulance, and was invested as an Officer of the Order of St. John by the Governor-General. She ended her career as President of the Canadian Nurses Foundation. She somehow found the time for volunteerism, including a term as President of the Members Committee of the Royal Ontario Museum, as a member of the Board of Governors of St. Clements School (Toronto) and most recently as President of the Ladies Committee of the Links O Tay Golf Course. Bette Anne was the beloved wife of John F. Smith, cherished mother of Jennifer, Wendy, Michael and Jamie. She was a much-loved Grandmother to nine grandchildren: Jonathan, Samantha, Stephanie, Geoffrey, Taylor, Chelsea, Peter, Scott and Jack, and sister of Andrew Kniewasser (Jacqueline), and Barbara (Frank Oakes). She will be sadly missed by Robert Fonberg, Mira Smith, Craig McKay, Tim Cork, Beth Lavender, Carolyn Crook, her faithful companion Brandy and her many family and friends. Friends may pay their respects at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, Perth, on Monday, July 5 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M. (613-267-3765). Funeral Service will be held in St. James Anglican Church, Perth, Tuesday at 11:00 A.M. followed by interment in the Scotch Line Cemetery. All are welcome to attend a reception afterward at the Smith Family home. In remembrance, those wishing to make donations are asked to consider a contribution to the Great War Memorial Hospital Foundation, 33 Drummond St. W., Perth K7H 2K1 or a charity of your choice. The Ottawa Citizen

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