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SMITH, Audrey Vera (nee Blackburn)

March 20, 1918 – June 5, 2012

Audrey passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at Wentworth Manor after a long and rich life.

She was born in Claresholm, AB but lived most of her 94 years in Calgary. Audrey was predeceased by her parents; her husband of 58 years, Frank Smith; her second husband, Harold Coggan; her sister Maxine Smith; her brother Les Blackburn and sister-in-law Olive Blackburn; her brother-in-law William Smith; and her son-in-law Lloyd Plomp. She will be missed by her son Greg Smith (Jewel Swanson); her granddaughter, Melissa Smith (Matthew Frederiksen and daughter Alexandra); her grandson Devin Smith (Danielle); her daughter Linda Evenson (Larry) and her granddaughters Lauren Lynch-Staunton (Jim and children Mathias and Sophie) and Leslie Curwin (Kevin and son Liam). As well, Audrey has several surviving nieces and nephews including her niece and “second daughter” Donna McArthur. Audrey taught office skills and typing at Henderson Secretarial School and Mount Royal College for many years, a profession she was well suited for and enjoyed. In her later years she was secretary of Wesley United Church. Audrey finished her working career at the Canadian Cancer Society and as a receptionist for her son’s firm. She was very active in Wesley United Church, singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School, participating in the Women’s Association and serving on the Board of Directors. Audrey volunteered at the Colonel Belcher Hospital for many years, visiting ill veterans. As well, her “sewing club” friends were always a source of joy for her. Audrey loved meeting new people and had many friends. Her smile could light up any room and she was always a gracious hostess who enjoyed entertaining. Among friends and family Audrey was famous for her “Roast Beef Dinners” and weekend get togethers. After retirement, Audrey and Frank spent many winters in Arizona where she continued to increase her circle of friends. After Franks’ death in 2000 she married a childhood friend, Harold Coggan. Audrey’s family would like to thank the staff at Wentworth Manor who provided care for Audrey during the last years of her life.

 A Memorial Service will be held at Scarboro United Church (134 Scarboro Avenue S.W.) on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email

In living memory of Audrey Smith, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Peter P. Hires :

    Sincere and deepest condolences from the Hires family to Audrey’s family . Audrey was most kind and generous to us ever since our first meeting at Wesley United . May she rest in peace and God bless her memory .

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  2. John Vance Snow :

    I am so sorry to learn of Mrs. Smith’s passing. She was a member of the “sewing club,” as was my stepmother Kathleen Snow nee Allen. It was wonderful that a friendship started in elementary school lasted a lifetime! I remember fondly Mrs. Smith’s enthusiasm for life, and her Christmas season open house days. She had a rich life and will be much missed.

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  3. Vivian Newman (nee Carr) :

    My sincere sympathies – she had led a full life. Back in 1972 Audrey was my business teacher at Henderson’s Business College, She always had a positive and encouraging word for all of us. Mrs. Smith (to me) taught me how to type: she used to put on the old music record in the old wind up player machine in class and we had to type in sync with the music! – which we all enjoyed. This training led me to a great & exciting career in the oil and gas industry ! Have happy memories of her which will last forever.

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  4. Ela and John :

    Dear Jewel and Greg,

    Please accept our deepest sympathy on your loss. I hope that God will give you strength to bear your sorrow. May Audrey’s soul rest in peace.

    Ela and John

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  5. Beverly O'Brien :

    We were so sad to hear about Audrey passing away. She was a wonderful lady. We have great memories of her and Frank at Wesley United Church. May you be comforted in knowing that her life was full of laughter and love. Beverly and Todd O’Brien

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