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SMITH, Mary (Betty) Elizabeth

May 4, 1923 – Collingwood, Ontario
September 4, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

Mary (Betty) Elizabeth Eleanor (nee McArter) Smith died peacefully on Monday, September 4, 2017 at the Southwood Hospice in Calgary, Alberta.

Betty was predeceased by her husband, Charles Ferguson Smith (1982) and loving and devoted mother to Stephen Charles and his wife Janice of Red Deer, James David and his wife Farzaneh of Houston, Texas, Peter McArter and his wife Sue of Calgary, and Janet Elizabeth and her husband Joseph Strasser of Calgary.

Loving grandmother of Amanda Smith of Vancouver, Adam Smith of Kitchener, Laura Stevens of Houston, Kelly Smith of Calgary, Brent Smith of Montreal, Mitch Strasser of Calgary, and Scott Strasser of Calgary and great-grandmother of Christiaan Dean Stevens of Houston.

Elizabeth was pre-deceased by her parents, James Milton McArter (1942), Eliza Edna Armstrong (1965); siblings, James Howard (1980), Dorothy Helen (1964), John Robert (1999) and William Moir (2004); brothers-in-law, Herbert Hetherington (1975), David Smith (1985), Reg Fisher (2004) and Donald Ballentyne (2017); sisters-in-law, Lillian McArter (1987), Ruth McArter (1987), Ursula McArter (1999), Beryl Smith (2006), Mary Fisher (2008) and Ellen Ballentyne (2008).

Elizabeth (Betty) was born on May 4, 1923, in Collingwood, Ontario. Betty was a third generation Canadian whose ancestors came from Stirling, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. She lived most of her early life in Brampton, Ontario and graduated as a dental nurse from the University of Toronto in 1944. She married Charles Ferguson Smith on September 20, 1947. Charles was a son of CB Smith, a long time resident of Creemore, and a four generation Canadian. The couple initially resided in Toronto while Charles completed his studies as a Mining Engineer at the University of Toronto. The Smiths then moved west to Kimberley, British Columbia where their first two children were born, Stephen and David. The family moved on to Trail, British Columbia in 1954 where their third son, Peter was born, and to Eldorado, Saskatchewan in 1957 where their daughter Janet was born. They subsequently lived in Edmonton, Ottawa, and Calgary where Charles passed away in 1982. Betty lived on her own for the past 35 years and did an excellent job managing her own affairs and in looking after herself. During these years she facilitated three weddings, three moves, and numerous trips and cruises including visiting Europe, the Caribbean, China and Fiji. Her greatest joy was making a loving home for her family and participating in family celebrations and get-togethers. She enjoyed reading, collecting books, completing the daily crossword puzzle, and playing bridge. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her and fondly remembered for her unique wit and sense of humour.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff and caregivers at the Southwood Hospice, Foothills Hospital, and Staywell Manor for the love and respect they gave to Elizabeth during her time there.

At Elizabeth’s request there will be no formal service. A Private Family Gathering will be held in Creemore, ON on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Interment will be held at the Creemore Union Cemetery in Ontario.

Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549,

In living memory of Betty Smith, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. To all of the Smiths, please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Mom & Grandmother & Great Grandmother. I cannot remember not knowing Mrs. Smith. I have fond and cherished memories of Kelly-Smith get togethers, the delicious Christmas goodies our Moms would make. These are only a couple of many memories. She was a wonderful, kind and gracious lady . You now have a special angel looking over all of you.

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  2. Elizabeth (Allen) Maros :

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Betty, I remember her well from our time in Eldorado. My heart felt condolences to her family.

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  3. Wishing my condolences to the Smith family that were such great family in uranium city

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  4. Susan (Gruber) Langley :

    I remember when Aunt Betty brought us the game “Simon” when we were young kids (which included my 2 brothers and my sister). We played that game every day until 2 o’clock in the morning! Thanks, Aunt Betty. You always spoiled us like crazy and we always felt terrible when it was time to say goodbye! You were an amazing lady with a wonderful, loving family. Our deepest condolences on your passing. Susan (Gruber) Langley and the Gruber Family

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  5. Pat Weismiller (Price) :

    My thoughts and prayers are with Smith family during this difficult time. May your memories be a comfort and an inspiration.

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  6. Dee & Moe Tretiak (Cathcart ) :

    Heartfelt condolences for the loss of your mother. Special hugs at this very difficult time.

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