Marjorie Louise Smedemark (nee Johnson )

April, 1930 – August, 2013

Beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Louise passed from this life to the next on August 17, 2013. She was predeceased by her husband, Viggo of Lihme, Denmark and survived by her daughters Anita (Richard) Dougherty of Prince George and Marianne Currie (Paul) of Campbell River as well as her dear grandchildren Christian, William, Alexa and Olivia. She was so proud to have seen them all graduate! She also leaves her beloved sisters Evelyn (Russ) Bowers of Cumberland and Phyllis Johnson (David) of Harare, Zimbabwe, her older brother John (Rose) of North Battleford, Saskatchewan, niece Judy Lanyon (Jody) of Courtney and special friend Charlotte Hayman, who was among those with Mom at the end. There are also many other loved and devoted nieces and nephews missing her, as well as her devoted silky white dog, Chobe. She began her career as a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse called Deer Run near Turtle Lake, Saskatchewan and retired from teaching as an elementary school principal at Pineridge Elementary in Kamloops, B.C. She also spent time working with Simon Fraser University and Cariboo College as a faculty advisor to teachers in training. Her work with the P.E.O Sisterhood was pivotal in her life (LIPEO) as was her work in the Campbell River soup kitchen and her relationship with her church family at St. Peters Anglican Church. Her dear friends are too numerous to mention. You know who you are. She cherished each of you. Her friendships extend from her early life in Saskatchewan, to Gunnar Mines, Saskatchewan where she met Viggo, to Kamloops and Campbell River. She made countless meaningful connections with people and was a teacher and helper to the end. An adventurer in spirit, connected to the land through her prairie origins, she always knew the backroads. Special thanks to Dr. Larry Ness. Mom adored you. Thank you also to the nurses and caregivers at the Campbell River hospital, with special thanks to Sharon who made two very difficult days better for us with her caring heart. We extend our sympathies to her dear friends and relations. Your loss will be deeply felt. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 on Friday, August 23 at St. Peters Anglican church. in lieu of flowers please make a donation to the PEO Sisterhood Chapter AZ of Campbell River who work to help women further themselves as our mom was able to do.

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