dness that we announce the passing of Pearl Smith on September 20, 2009 at the age of 79 years. Pearl leaves to mourn her husband Kenneth Allan Smith; children Ralph, Brian, Terry (Charlotte) and Kendall (Katherine); granddaughters, Janet, Jaclyn, Chantal, and Rachel; grandsons, David and Terrill and great-granddaughter, Abigail. She was sadly predeceased by her parents, Ralph and Annie Moravec, brothers, Jim, John and Ernest and her sister, Maureen.
Pearl was born December 4, 1929 in Spirit River, Alberta. After the Second World War, she, her parents and sister, moved to the Fraser Valley, settling in Hammond. Pearl worked at the Maternity wards at both Grace Hospital and the New Westminster Hospital. She was 24 when she moved to the Yukon and worked as a waitress in Dawson City.
Pearl moved back to Hammond where she met and soon married the love of her life, Ken Smith. They moved to Abbotsford where they raised their four boys and had a wonderful marriage for 52 years. Our mother was an incredible person and gave everything for her family. Every summer she would make her pilgrimage to the Okanagan with her friends and purchase all her fruits and vegetables and then spend the following two weeks canning.
Mom was so loved by everyone and this was no more apparent than at Christmas time and on Christmas Eve. She would spend days decorating our house. Our home would be an open house to both friends and family and everyone knew that Mom just loved sharing this special time with as many people as possible. There would always be an endless supply of food mixed in with the singing of carols. Mom was always about having fun and she very much enjoyed the summer holidays with her family. One of her favourite spots was Oyama at Kalamalka and Woods Lake. In later years, Mom loved traveling with Dad, pulling their trailer all over Western Canada and Western and Southwestern United States.
Our mother was always so giving of herself to others and was a very proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion and was President of the Ladies Auxiliary in Abbotsford.
Mom was also a working member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles’ Women’s Auxiliary Branch 15, Abbotsford and assisted with many functions.
In 1992, Mom and Dad moved to Chilliwack and Mom transferred her Legion Membership to Branch #4 where she continued her love of volunteering her time to this great organization. After having been diagnosed with Leukemia, Mom continued to volunteer and give her time and herself until she could do no more. She always gave so much of herself and never asked for anything in return. Mom never wanted to say goodbye, but for her it was always toodle-oo. So today, it’s toodle-oo.
Funeral Services were held on Friday, September 25th, 2009. Interment in Hazelwood Cemetery followed.
Online condolences can be left at www.WoodlawnFH-MtCheam.com