Smith, Mary “Marika” 

Mary was born to Ukrainian immigrants on February 16, 1925 in Smoky Lake, Alberta, next to a blueberry hill. She was always fascinated by nature. Mary moved with her parents to Lloydminster in 1928 and married George Smith in 1942.  They together raised a family of 5 children until 1968, at which time they moved to Invermere with their 3 youngest children. Having been an active Mom at home, Mary then enjoyed employment at the Invermere and District Hospital until her retirement.

Mary was always there to volunteer or lend a helping hand to folks. She loved nature, gardening, and her flowers, enjoyed hiking and camping with her family. She was active with the Invermere Seniors Hall for many years and loved to sing, play cards, and carpet bowl. Carpet bowling took her to many
locations in B.C., with many medals adorning her neck. Mary also volunteered at the Thrift Shop. She loved her family and looked forward to their visits. At the age of 92 Mom played her last 9-hole golf game at a local golf course.

Mary was predeceased by her parents Steve (1988), Rose (1987), grandson Kevin Smith (1977), her loving husband George (1981), daughter Hazel Schnider (2003) and brother Harry Kashuba (2013).

She leaves to mourn her brother Mike (Helen) Kashuba of Lloydminster, sister Joanne (Jesse) Kosick of Vernon, B.C., sister-in-law Dolly Kashuba of Radium Hot Springs; children Christine (John) Dejong of Edmonton, Georgina (Russ) Ingram of Edmonton, Ed (Laura) Smith of Radium Hot Springs, Alan (Linda) Smith of Calgary, and son-in-law Ron Schnider of Edgewater, 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.  

A private Graveside Service will take place, and a Celebration of Life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Invermere Seniors Hall 1309A 14th St., Invermere, B.C., V0A 1K0.

Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Services.
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