Peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at the age of 95. Beloved wife of the late Alexander Smaluk for 71 years. Loving mother of Patricia Chuba (Ray Parker) and Gloria Royce (Don), cherished grandmother of Benjamin (Mary Ann), Leonard, Diana (Dan) and Stephen, and great-grandmother to Owen.
Mom was the ultimate “people person,” making lifelong friends wherever she went, whether it was at work as the Secretary to the Director of the School of Nursing in Winnipeg, on the vacations she and Dad took in Hawaii and Florida, or during her final years at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre. Her tatting and Christmas baking enriched her family, and her strong Catholic faith, eternal optimism and kindness were an inspiration to her family and friends.
A visitation will be held at the St. Laurent Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, 1200 Ogilvie Road (at Aviation Parkway) Ottawa, on Monday, January 20 at 10 a.m., followed by the Funeral Service in the Chapel at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at the National Military Cemetery at Beechwood at 1:30pm.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Raymond, the dedicated staff and volunteers of the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre (Gatineau 2 South), and especially the palliative care team for their wonderfully compassionate care during her final days. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre Foundation, or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.