SMITH, Arabella Bernice
June 1926 – April 2023
Bernice Smith passed away peacefully on April 20, 2023, in her 97th year surrounded by her family at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital.
Born in Ashworth, Ontario, Bernice was the eldest child of Cedric and Viola (Mick) Hodge. She was predeceased by her siblings Marion (Colin Mosley), William “Bud” (Ruth Smith) Hodge and Barbara LeMay (Morley Higgins).
Bernice was the beloved wife of the late Donald Everett Smith. She will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by their children: Michael (Kathy), Janet, Karen (Kevin) and Peter (Connie); grandchildren Meg, Jordan (Danielle), Shannon (Kyle), Gillian (Mitch) and Connor and one very special great-grandchild, Walker, as well as the members of the extended Hodge and Smith families and her many friends.
Family and friends were everything to Bernice. The door was always open, and the teapot and cookie jars were full. She loved a good party or a night of playing cards. She treasured her many hours spent with the grandkids and was unfailingly available to them for sleepovers, games, and long chats. As they grew up and moved on, the chats continued by phone and the cookies, pickles and jam came in care packages.
Bernice was a lifelong member and volunteer at All Saints Anglican Church. She sang in the choir for over 70 years and was one of the lead organizers of, and workers at, dozens of fundraising dinners, bazaars, and teas. It was here that she made many of her cherished lifelong friends.
In her later years, Bernice joined the Muskoka Seniors where she not only enjoyed the social outing of the luncheons but became a telephone volunteer.
An avid knitter and quilter, Bernice’s sweaters, socks, and mittens have travelled the world through Global Warmth and Warm Hands. Quilts were lovingly created to be given to family and friends, and even strangers who needed comfort or warmth as well as local organizations such as Hospice and the Chemo Unit.
Bernice was “famous” for her beautiful flower gardens and her pies and butter tarts.
Bernice’s family would like to thank the wonderful, kind, and compassionate nurses and doctors on the East Wing who supported her and us on her final journey. You are truly amazing!
Visitation will be held at Billingsley Funeral Home, 430 Ravenscliffe Road, Huntsville on Thursday, May 4th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at All Saints Anglican Church, 30 High Street, Huntsville on Friday, May 5 at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at All Saints Cemetery, Ravenscliffe Road. Reception to follow at Billingsley Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to: All Saints Outreach Program or Muskoka Seniors or a charity of choice.