August 18, 1943-January 10, 2016
Leona Smith passed away January 10, 2016 with family by her side. She is lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her devoted and loving husband George; son Casey (Sherry); daughter Cathy (Sergio); grandchildren Krystle (Dane), Cassandre, Sergio, Thomas, Dalen and great-granddaughter Sancia; sons of the heart Mike (Linda), Lee (Janice) and grandkids Josh, Madison and Jennifer. Also left to mourn is her brother Don and many extended family members that were close to her heart. Leona was predeceased by her first husband Thomas and her brother James.
Leona was gifted with beauty, smarts and talents. She was crowned “Miss Summerland” in 1960 and remained “royalty” within her family until the day of her passing. Leona was a psychiatric nurse and a realtor, spent some of her career working for the RCMP, made beautiful crafts that were sold at farmers markets, but spoke of her greatest accomplishment being the children she raised. Leona was a young widow when she was thrown into the position of being a single mom. Her little house on the lake, became the “go to” house where kids were always welcome to hang out.
In 1995, she married George Smith. Their commitment and love to each other was a rarity that is not often seen in society. They travelled, golfed, and crafted together until health issues kept Leona from activities that she enjoyed. George never left Leona’s side. He was not only her best friend, but her life support.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Entwistle and the staff at South Okanagan general Hospital for their compassionate care for Leona.
A memorial service for Leona will be held at 1:00 P.M. February 6, 2016 at the Penticton Church of the Nazarene, 523 Jermyn Avenue, Penticton.
In lieu of flowers or donations please feel free to donate a monetary or service gift to the BC Kidney Foundation or to the South Okanagan General Hospital.
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