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SMILEY, Eileen Theresa (nee Fritz)

January 8, 1925 – November 15, 2011

Eileen Theresa Smiley of Calgary, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at the age of 86 years.

Eileen was born January 8, 1925 in Shaunavon, SK. She married Bill Smiley October 21, 1949 in Calgary where she resided the rest of her life. In 1943- 1944 she served with the Canadian Armed Services. Eileen became a registered nurse and graduated from Holy Cross Hospital in 1949. She was a member with the St Bernadette’s Roman Catholic Church and volunteered with the CWL, Ogden House and Heritage Park. She was devoted to her family, community and country. Eileen was a strong supporter of World Vision, Mustard Seed, Canadian Diabetes Association, and Canadian Heart and Stroke. One of her most memorable moments was square dancing at the opening of the Calgary Winter Olympics in 1988.

Eileen is survived by her son Don Smiley of Ottawa, daughters Diane (Derek) Pyne of Sherwood Park, AB, Darlynn (Jim) Courage of Calgary, four grandchildren Janice, Graham, Kevin, and Alex, and two great-grandchildren Daxton and Aaralynn. She is also survived by her brother Joe Fritz and two sisters Maureena Fritz and Kathy Arsenault. She was predeceased by her husband Bill, brothers Gerry and Frank and sisters Mary and Theresa.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church (7103 – 20A Street S.E.) on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Mental Health Association, Suite #400, 1202 Centre Street S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 5A5 Telephone: (403) 297 – 1700, www.cmha.ca or to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323 – 32nd Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3 Telephone: (403) 266-0620, ext. 112, www.diabetes.ca.

In living memory of Eileen Smiley, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Darren Dias, O.P. :

    Dear Maureena and family,
    Accept my condolences. Our community will be praying with you during these days of good memories, sadness and deep reflection.

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  2. Claudia Griebel :

    Diane and Family,
    I just wanted to say that although I didn’t know your mother very well, she always struck me as a very fine and refined woman, especially with her time at St. Bernadette’s School.
    So sorry to hear of your loss.
    Claudia

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  3. Anne Anderson,csj :

    Dear Maureena, Kathleen, and Joe –
    Thinking of you and sending loving sympathy your way.

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  4. I hope you know how much we enjoyed working with Bill and Eileen at Heritage Park. All those meals served at barbeques! We appreciated the donations to the Park also.
    Two very special people who I am pleased to have called friends. It’s nice that they are together again.
    Love,Donna

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  5. Darlynn, Jim and Alex,
    We are saddened to hear of your loss of a most beloved and devoted mother and grandmother. I remember Eileen from her days at the clinic where she always had a cheerful smile and words of encouragement. Later, when she would bring her grandson to the library everyone could see that she was so proud of you Alex and I’m sure that continued until her passing. It was always so nice to see her at church. Somehow sitting behind her just seemed to make everything brighter and happier. She will be missed very much.
    We hope you will find comfort in the memories you share and in knowing that your dearest mother and grandmother is now at peace in the Lord.
    Vickie and Jen

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  6. Marianne Dacy (NDS) :

    Dear Maureena and family, I offer my sincere condolances to you in your loss. May you be comforted and remember the good times you had with Eileen. Marianne

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  7. Jim/Mary LaDuke :

    Darlynn,
    We were very sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Sincerely,
    Jim and Mary LaDuke
    Agnes LaDuke (St. Bernadettes)

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  8. Dear Don, Diane, Darlynn and families: Eileen was always a pleasure to work with and such a classy person. After her retirement she would always have a kind word and a laugh to share when she visited the clinic. She will be missed.

    Thinking of you all at this sad time.
    Tracey and Ken Smith

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  9. To the Smiley Family:

    My deepest sympathy on the loss of Eileen.

    Laurie Oxley

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  10. dolores bramall :

    Condolences to the family of Eileen Smiley from her friends in the Holy Cross Alumnae. Dolores Bramall on behalf of the Alumnae.

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