August 27, 1946 – December 5, 2020
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Anna (Irene) Smyth, beloved wife of John B. Smyth of Calgary, at Foothills Medical Centre on December 5, 2020 at the age of 74 years.
Irene will be lovingly remembered by her husband John; her children: John Thornton Smyth (Jennifer) of Terrace BC, Kevin Tyson Smyth of Calgary, and Deborah Lhea Smyth of Provost AB; and her grandchildren: Johnny Smyth of Parksville BC, Cassandra (Cassie) Smyth of Naniamo BC, Dawson Smyth of Terrace BC, Alicia Smyth, Brett Smyth and Megan Smyth of Calgary AB, and Amber and Teauna Smyth of Parksville BC.
She will also be missed by her brother William (Bill) Thornton; sister Shirley Venos; sisters-in-law: Shirley Thornton, Patricia (Pat) Hoogeveen, and Karen Powers; many nieces and nephews; and special friends Diane Pipe, Sharon Daumont, Judie Holm, Janice Kline, Coleen Guillemaud, Josilin Bourgoin, Carol Rigby, Brenda Lutz, and Pierre and Barb LeRoss.
She was predeceased by her parents William (Bill) and Anna Thornton of Prince Rupert BC and her sister Elizabeth (Thornton) Leuschen.
Irene was born in Prince Rupert BC, but lived most of her early years in Terrace BC. It was in Terrace that she met and married who she often referred to as the “Love of Her Life”, John B. Smyth in 1966.
Irene devoted her life to her family, was active in community, outdoor activities and was especially fond of camping and fishing with favorite places on the Skeena River, Lucy Island, Squadaree and Haida Guaii. Irene was an accomplished artist and ceramist winning “Masters Recognition” in International Competitions.
Irene was a gemologist specializing in diamonds and other precious stones, which she loved. She enjoyed knitting and sewing, making wonderful Victorian lampshades to sell on her website.
Irene enjoyed many international business trips with John to Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Panama, Brazil, Chile, England, Wales, Ireland and Germany. But her favorite was return trips home to Terrace to visit family, friends and to fish……
A Celebration of Irene’s Life will be held in Terrace BC with the location, date, and time yet to be determined.
To express condolences, please visit: www.mountainviewmemorial.ca
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