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Hilda Marion Smith


Hilda Marion Smith

The passing of our beautiful mother, Hilda Marion Smith, occurred on February 13th at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital.  She was born on October 7, 1922 in Burwash, England, daughter of the late James Flemming Woodall and Sarah Woodall.  Hilda was the last surviving member of her immediate family also being predeceased by her brothers, Harry and Jim, and sister, Eve.

She met and married the love of her life, George Donald Smith, in Burwash where he was stationed during the War. Dad died in 2002. Hilda was also predeceased by her daughter, Marion, and son, Richard.

Hilda’s ship landed at Pier 21 in Halifax in February 1946 and we are so grateful that she didn’t join the war brides who, after realizing what they were about to face here, decided to get on the next boat back to England.

Hilda was a great storyteller, and everyone loved to hear about her life during the war.  She always remembered fondly the years she worked at the old Gaiety Theatre in Fredericton. She loved to watch sports on TV, especially hockey and baseball, and enjoyed talking about the games with the boys. 

She had a keen interest in current affairs and kept up to date even at the end of her life; she was our best news source.  She welcomed everyone into her home, and no one left without wearing a smile. She loved animals and adopted and cared for many strays during her lifetime. We will miss her sharp wit and sense of humour, her wisdom, strength and courage.

She was a wonderful mother and we are so thankful for the love and happiness she gave us and for the many sacrifices she made for us.

She is deeply missed by her daughter, Hilary, and son, Stephen (Sue); grandchildren, Richelle, David and Joel; great granddaughter, Morgan, and great-great grandchildren, Jakob and Kinley.

In keeping with Mum`s wishes, there will be no service. A burial service will take place in the spring. For those who wish, donations in Hilda`s memory may be made to the Chalmers Hospital Foundation or the Fredericton S.P.C.A.

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