Beverly Smith February 2nd, 1945 to March 31st, 2021 We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our b e l o v e d M a m a , Wi f e & N a m a . B e v w a s a n extraordinary woman with boundless love and warmth to share with those around her. She was born in Kamloops to Josephine and Jim Raymond. Her maternal grandparents had emigrated from San Stefano Del Sol, Italy to Nelson, BC. She spent many wonderful summers on the family farm in Nelson with Pops, her Mom, brother Al and cousins. In 1967 Bev graduated from nursing training at St. Paul’s hospital in Vancouver. She arrived in Prince George to work at the local hospital where she met her adoring husband, Darryl Smith, marrying into a large and energetic family. Together they had three daughters who she gifted with so many blessings. She was a patient, kind, gentle woman who loved boldly and opened her arms to her daughters friends wholeheartedly. Bev was one of the original Edgewood Moms and there are so many fond memories we will hold close to our hearts forever. Bev was dedicated to her nursing profession and provided her patients with the same care and kindness she gave so freely to those close to her. She worked at the Prince George hospital for many years and finished her career doing what she seemed to love most, homecare nursing. In her career she developed many special friendships that continue to this day. As we grapple with the loss of our sweet Mama we are struck by the many circles of friendships and connections Mom had developed over the years. Bev had a gentle nature and was dedicated to her family and friends. She remained close to her 45’ers group (friends she first met in elementary school), friends from her nursing career, close connections that first grew in Edgewood and the special friendships she developed through her children and their families. Struggling to make sense of her loss are her three daughters, Kristi, Shannon & Trinity, her heartbroken and beloved husband, of 52 years, Darryl and her 8 granddaughters, Ella, Josephine, Tilly, Sadie, Isla, Tessa, Kate & Jane along with her loving son -in- laws, Parker & Chris. Nama made every granddaughter feel special, loved, and appreciated. Bev had a close relationship with her brother, Al and we are so grateful for our family trips to Nelson with him joining in the chaos. Those many summers in Nelson will be some of the ones we cherish the most. We are so incredibly grateful for those angels among us that helped us to get Mom to Vancouver and back home again. Bev wanted a diagnosis, and she wanted more time. She was officially diagnosed with advanced ALS March 22nd. Sadly, the time was far too short, and we are grateful to have been able to bring Bev home and to take care of her in the way she wanted. We are so very thankful to the Parkinson’s Society of BC, especially Tricia Wallace, the medical teams at UBC, VGH and GF Strong, especially the nurses & social worker on the respiratory ward at VGH. We wish to extend our gratitude to Dr. Denise McLeod, our angel on earth and Father Gilbert whom walked beside Bev in these final days with such kindness, compassion and care along with the palliative nurses, homecare and rapid mobilization team. Also, her diabetic team in Prince George and her Outpatient Dietician, Lindsay Kraitberg. We are forever grateful. Special thanks to her niece, Leah also a gifted nurse. Bev was so happy to have a nurse by her side, helping her husband and daughters to care for her in these final days. Bev’s extraordinary love for family and friends, her grace and strength will continue to inspire us. She was the centre of our family and an amazing matriarch. Love never ends. A private service will be held April 10th at 11 am at St. Mary’s. We look forward to celebrating her life at a future date with more family and friends. In lieu of flowers p l e a s e c o n s i d e r d o n a t i n g t o t h e A L S (www.alsbc.ca) society in her name. We would be profoundly grateful. To view the private mass and watch the slideshow please go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZoWF8s9hhxFNj7vCMUt47Q or follow the links that will be posted at https://www.facebook.com/groups/bevsmithmemorialpg
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