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SMITH – Martha Buchanan

January 5, 1917 – December 19, 2010

Martha Smith of Calgary passed away peacefully of natural causes on Sunday, December 19, 2010 at the age of 93 years.

Martha was born in Winnipeg, MB and raised in Transcona. She attended Success Business College, excelling as a stenographer to the degree that she was selected from the Canadian Army to engage in highly classified work with British Security Coordination at The Pentagon in Washington, DC during WW2. Following the war, Martha worked with James Croft Music and CN in Winnipeg and briefly lived in Vancouver.

She met Robert Smith while they were both Scout leaders and actively involved with Chalmers United Church in Winnipeg and they were married in 1955. Retiring and moving to Douglas, MB in 1971, Martha again became involved in church and community activities, appreciating the close knit community and rural life. After Robert’s death in 1982, she briefly returned to Winnipeg before moving to Edmonton to be closer to Alex and family, and finally moving to Calgary in 2005.

Martha is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Alex and Karen; granddaughters, Laurie with great-granddaughters Ella and Ava, and Alexandra (Ally) with fiancé Adrian and great-grandson Kaden. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Smith.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. Burial will take place in the New Year in Carberry, MB, where Martha will join Robert for eternity. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Martha Smith, 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. Ron & Sharon Migadel :

    Alex, your mother Martha was a very special person who welcomed everyone into her heart. She had a special smile when Chantel, Christine, and Justin called her Grandma Smith. Sharon and I enjoyed many conversations with your mom. Your mother touched many lives, she may be gone but will not be forgotten

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  2. Sorry to hear of the passing of your mother,Alex she will be sadly missed by everyone.

    Norm,Yvonne and family.

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  3. Ed and Susan Rowland :

    Dear Alex, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family at this very difficult time. God Bless.

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  4. Ken and Janice Smith :

    Alex our thoughts are with you. We are sure glad we got to visit with Aunt Martha here this summer. I remember her always enjoying a single glass of scotch whenever we got together for dinners (even into her eighties) so I will tip a glass in memory of her at Christmas.
    Ken Janice Scott Kerry and Aunt Jean

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  5. My heartfelt condolences for you Alex, and your family. May good memories, family and friends help to ease your grief. Remember that life is but a moment but love lives on.

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  6. My heartfelt condolences for you Alex, and your family. May good memories, family and friends help to ease your grief. Remember that life is but a moment but love lives on.

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  7. My heartfelt condolences for you Alex, and your family. May good memories, family and friends help to ease your grief. Remember that life is but a moment but love lives on.

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  8. Kathy Brown (Trenholm) :

    Alex and family. I was so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. I was over at Dad’s yesterday and we were busy reminiscing about the Thorburn’s and your Mom. I am sure you have many wonderful memories of your Mom and Dad.

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  9. Alex,
    Sorry to see in the paper that your mom has passed. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family.
    Janet & Gary Demkey
    Douglas

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  10. Alex, sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. I saw the notice in the Winnipeg Free Press.

    My parents, Kay and Darcy Munro, were good friends with your Mom and Dad and I have many good memories of time spent with them.

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  11. Alex, Sorry to see in the paper that your mom has passed. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family. Janet & Gary Demkey Douglas

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  12. Marion.Jim & Jodi Kennedy :

    Sorry to hear of your mother’s passing Alex. We have fond memories of the many miles we traveled together on camping holidays. Also Christmas and New Years dinners shared.

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  13. Gordon Trenholm :

    Alex: Sorry to read about your Mom. I know we have lost contact over the years but I still have vivid memories of our annual dinners at your mom and dad’s during the Christmas season. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

    Sincerely: Gordon and Lynda Trenholm

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  14. Doreen and Chuck :

    We will remember Aunt Martha with fondness and laughter. She was a special lady in our lives.

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