Gladys Josephine “Josie” Smith

passed away with her family by her side on March 30, 2013 at the age of 90 years. She will be remembered and sadly missed by her daughters: Leona (Harvey) Arcand of Mission BC, and Louise Westerlaken of Chetwynd BC, son Thomas (Karen) Smith of Penticton BC; sister Marjorie Irvine of Nipawin SK, sister-in-law Jessie Smith of New Westminister BC, brother-in-law John Dempster of Swift Current SK, grandchildren: Tyler (Teri), Angela, Michelle (Mike), Clayton, Travis (Darci), Clint (Amanda), Brandi (Jason), Raven (Donald), Wayne (Jenna), John (Alanna), Jennifer (Steve), Jaclyn (Nick), 22 great grandchildren. Josie is also survived by her cousin Grace and family in England and numerous nieces and nephews. Josie was predeceased by her husband Earl; son-in-law Gerret Westerlaken, her parents Samuel & Alice Clarke, father-in-law and mother-in-law John & Olive Smith, sisters and brother-in-laws, Marian Dempster, Freyda(Charles) Ross, Dorothy (Joseph) Kimber, Olive (Otter) Bakstad, brothers and sister-in-laws, Oswald (Mildred) Clarke, Raymond (Dorothy) Clarke, Douglas (Lena) Clarke, Robert Clarke, Edwin Clarke, brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws, Wesley Smith, Harold (Helen) Smith, Fraser Smith and Clinton (Frances) Smith and Bud Irving . Josie was also predeceased by her nieces Alice(Bruce) Cusick, Eileen Flink, Diane Clarke, Kristine Smith and her nephew Douglas Bakstad. Josie was born in Nokomis, SK. She lived in various towns in SK before moving to Port Alberni with her parents and sisters. She joined the RCAF in 1943 and served in Vulcan, AB and Jericho Beach, BC. She left the RCAF in 1945 and met and married Earl Smith in 1949 in Summerland, BC. Josie was a loving and kind mother, grandmother and friend of all who knew her. Mom had a great sense of humor, was always willing to lend a hand, and had a soft spot for children and animals. Josie liked to knit, crochet, embroider and sew. She was a great baker. Mom loved to travel and made trips to Saskatchewan, and traveled across Canada with her husband Earl. She also loved to visit all her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren spread across the province of BC. Mom belonged to the United Church Woman’s group during the 60’s and volunteered for the many teas and bazars they held. Funeral services were held on Saturday April 6th at Summerland United Church, 13204 Henry Avenue, Summerland BC with Reverend Armand Houle officiating. Visitation at 9:30 with Funeral Service at 11:00 A.M followed by interment at Canyonview Cemetery in Summerland, BC. Condolences may be directed to the family through Providence

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