Aileen Dorothy Smith
March 20, 1930 – September 28, 2020
Aileen Dorothy Smith was born on March 20, 1930 in Madoc, ON. She lived in Madoc, and later moved to Belleville, ON to work as an assistant at a doctors office. Aileen met Ed on a blind date in Belleville, and for both of them it was love at first sight. Ed & Aileen were married on April 21, 1951. Their love grew stronger with each passing year. Dad was her “ownself”, and Mom was his “own one.”
In 1957, Ed & Aileen moved from Belleville, ON, to Saskatoon, and then to Biggar, leaving behind many good friends and family. Biggar became their home for the rest of their lives. Together they enjoyed a wonderful marriage, raising three wonderful children, Darryl, Cheryl & Monica. They celebrated their 63rd anniversary in April of 2014 before Dad’s passing.
Mom loved her work at Irene’s Dress Shop, and fashion was always important to her. However, she had a dream, and that was to become a Care Aide. She graduated with her certificate in 1986, and began her real career at the Diamond Lodge, where she worked until her retirement, at the age of 65. She loved caring for the residents and was known for her kindness and compassion.
Mom and Dad enjoyed numerous trips back to Ontario to visit friends & relatives. Summer vacations meant camping trips, first in the old canvas tent, and then later upgraded to a little Boler trailer. Then, in 1975, Mom & Dad built their cabin at Turtle Lake. We all loved to spend time at the lake, and have so many wonderful memories of the time we spent together. We all remember sitting on the deck, under the porch light, playing cards, dice games or scrabble. We would be fighting off the moths while trying to keep our eyes on Mom (as she had a knack for ‘cheating’, if she could get away with it. Campfires with grandpa entertaining with his guitar & mouth organ, boat rides in Old Yeller, ball games on the road (with Mom always the pitcher), are just some of the memories that we all hold dear.
Mom & Dad loved to dance. They took dancing lessons at Arthur Murray School of Dance, and would never miss an opportunity to whirl around the dance floor. They were also active members of the Biggar Square Dance Club.
Mom & Dad loved animals, and had numerous pets over the years. They loved their Beagles and Yorkies. Mom loved to read and to work on word searches.
She loved to bake and was well known for her delicious cinnamon twists, gravy, Christmas fudge and cookies, that she loved to bake for her children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren.
Family was Mom’s world. She loved to be surrounded by her children and their children, and took great pride in their accomplishments. Every family occasion was celebrated with joy. Mom loved each member of her family deeply, and made each one feel special. She was the matriarch of the family and the glue that kept us all together. Her loss is felt profoundly by all of us. We will all hold her very close in our hearts, and remember how precious she was, and how blessed we were to have her in our lives. She will live on in our treasured memories.
We’ll miss you, Mom, Grandma & Great Grandma.
Mom is survived by her son, Darryl (Laura) Smith and their children Daniel (Medea) and their children Emery and Karsten, Derek (Annie-Claude) and their child Charlie, Michael (Emilee) and their children, Weston, Griffin, Sterling and Stella; daughter, Cheryl (Marty) Isinger and their children Cassandra (Stetler), Carissa (Chris) and Justin; daughter, Monica (Blair) Slowski and their children, Jeffrey, Kyle (Sabrina & Esme).
Mom was predeceased by her husband, Ed of 63 years and great granddaughter, Mathilde.
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