Ethel Irene (nee Lewis) SMITHERS

Ethel Irene (nee Lewis) enjoyed 97 years of life, passing away on May 28, 2005. She was born in Plymouth, England on February 17, 1908, although she always claimed she was manufactured in Canada. At the time, Richard and Fanny Lewis were living in Whitehorse. Deciding that was not a great place to give birth, Fanny was sent to England, returning when Ethel was six weeks old. Ethel is predeceased by Cecil (Bud), her husband of 64 years, John and Gordon, her two brothers, and Bill, her son-in-law. She is survived by her daughter Dean Blake, grandchildren Ginny (Hugh) Munro, Steve (Liz) Blake, Wendy (Dan) Allen, great-grandchildren Paul Munro, Patricia, Kyla, and Tara Allen, and her sister Margaret Coburn. Ethel spent many years as a telephone operator but gained her real pleasure from the outdoors. She could cast a great line as she and Bud would fish and hunt throughout the Cariboo. A cabin on Young Lake was their summer residence for over 20 years. Belonging to the Burnaby Fish and Game Club and bowling at Grandview Lanes kept them busy long after retirement. Special thanks to all the staff at Hallmark and Sherwood Manor who treated Ethel like family. A very special thank you to Dr. Burr, who performed a miracle surgery on Ethel 11 years ago. Memorial service is for family only, by her request.