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January 12, 2022

Obituary for Marie Smyth

Snodgrass Funeral Homes
Susan (Marie) Smyth, at 106 years young, passed away peacefully in Vista Village, Pincher Creek, Alta., on Dec. 17, 2021.

Marie leaves behind her five children: Andy (Huguette) Snyder, Richard (Maureen) Snyder, Gail Snyder, David (Darlene) Snyder and Nancy (Larry) McCormick, as well 10 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

Marie was the third of four daughters born to Raymond and Christina (Lundgren) Wood on Aug. 14, 1915, in Champion, Alta. When Christina passed away from influenza in 1919, the family moved to a farm near Vulcan, Alta. In 1921, Raymond Wood married Florence McAffee, who lovingly took on the task of raising the four girls. Along with her sisters, Marie was an excellent scholar and all-round good citizen.

Marie completed her education to Grade 12 and went on to take a business course at Garbutt’s Business College. As the course finished during the Depression it was difficult to find steady employment, but those whom she did work for gave her excellent reports.

She attended Bible school in Wetaskiwin, then returned home to Cowley, where her family had settled in the spring of 1935. Here the girls mingled in social and church life as there was a very active young people’s group.

Marie worked in Cowley’s municipal office, making a dollar per day. On Oct. 2, 1937, Marie married Stanley Snyder in what the Cowley newspaper reported as a “very pretty wedding.” Marie became one of the founding members of the First Baptist Church in Pincher Creek.

In 1971, Marie and Stanley sold their family farm and moved to Pincher Creek. Stanley passed away in April of 1984 and Marie was remarried to Eddie Smyth in November of 1985. When Eddie passed in 1999, Marie moved to Crestview Lodge, then in November of 2018 to Vista Village. She was truly happy at both homes.

One of Marie’s favourite verses was Proverbs 3:5,6: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.”

Marie was a legend in our community and will be ever so dearly missed. The family plans to hold a gathering to celebrate Marie’s life at a later date.

 

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Snodgrass Funeral Homes

403-627-4864     www.snodgrassfuneralhomes.com

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