Loving wife, mother and grandmother passed away peacefully on May 10, 2010, leaving the bonds of her earthly body, to be with her Lord and Saviour whom she loved and faithfully served.
Elsie was born in Melville, Saskatchewan on April 15, 1923, the fourth of eight children to Louise and Theodore Bitterman. She later met and married Stanley Smith and they moved to B.C. to attend British Columbia Bible Institute in preparation for ministry.
They had two children, Linda and Rob, and lived in various areas of B.C. including Chemainus, Victoria’s Royal Oak, Trail, Oliver, Cranbrook and Hope.
After their children had grown, they eventually settled in Burnaby and Chilliwack where she had a successful home-based business for many years called “Match Your Chinaware”. Recently she resided at Springvalley Care Center, (formerly Windsor Manor) in Kelowna.
Elsie will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered by her family. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Stan, daughter Linda Manky (Stan), son Rob Smith (Irene), her grandchildren, Michelle Li (Chris), Kimberly Manky-Lloyd (Rhys), Heidi and great-grandchildren, Madeline and Elliot.
A Memorial Service will be held at Evangel Church, 3261 Gordon Drive, on May 15, 2010 at 1:30 pm. Because of her love of sponsoring children overseas, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Village of Hope c/o Evangel Church Kelowna, V1W 3N4. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.