Edna Mae Smirle
After an incredible full, successful and healthy life, Edna Mae Smirle (nee Nephew) passed away peacefully at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Mon., Jan. 24, 2011 in her 99th year.
Edna belonged to the Morewood United Church, and was, for many years, a very active member of both her church and community. During the past 10 years, she lived at the Millview Apartments in Winchester and was so grateful for the friendship she found there.
Her family was the very joy of her life. She never tired of speaking to or about each and every one of her four children, eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Her dedication to family was exceptional.
She was an amazing role model who will be loved and remembered always by her son, Bill (Nancy Wilson), daughters Betty Barkley (the late Ken), Kaye Hanna (Garry), Nancy Logtens (Tony), and the rest of her large family including many nieces, nephews, and cousins from throughout the area and around Canada.
Edna is survived by her sister, Irene, who is in her 107th year, sister-in-law Janet Rutley, and brother-in-law, Donn Smirl. She was predeceased by her husband Millan, nine siblings, four brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law.
Visitation was held at the Daniels Funeral Chapels Inc. in Winchester on Wed., Jan. 26. A service in celebration of Edna’s life was held in the Morewood United Church on Thurs., Jan. 27, and was officiated by Rev. Wendy Wright-MacKenzie. Interment was at Morewood Presbyterian Cemetery followed by a reception at the Morewood R.A. hall.
The pallbearers were grandsons Terry Barkley, Greg Hanna, Sean Hanna, Glenn Smirle, grandson-in-law Glendon Shay, and nephew George Kavanaugh.
Words of remembrance were shared by her son, Bill, granddaughter Debi Shay, and friend Rietta Hillis. Grandson Greg played guitar and sang her favourite hymn “The Little Brown Church in the Vale,” and granddaughter Corinne Smirle provided bible readings.
Memorial donations may be made to the Morewood United Church, the Winchester District Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, or other charities of choice. All will be sincerely appreciated by the family.
Edna will be terribly missed and forever remembered by each person whose life she touched ,Äî family, friends, and neighbours alike. She was loved by us all.