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Winnifred Ellen Smith


Winnifred Ellen Smith

Winnifred Ellen Smith, 89, of Moncton and Riverside-Albert passed away peacefully onFebruary 15th, 2021 at the Moncton Hospital with her daughters by her side.

She was born in Hastings, Albert County (Fundy National Park) on April 22, 1931, the daughter of the late Bernard and Gertrude (Smith) McKinley.

Winnie graduated from Alma Superior School in 1948 and went on to graduate from Success Business College in 1949. She worked at the Marven’s Biscuit Company as a payroll clerk. She then went to the CNR accounting department, where she was one of the first women computer operators. Later in life, she and Harold owned and operated Smith’s Groceries and the Riverside post office.

Winnie was devoted to her faith and was a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Riverside-Albert. She was very involved in her community and could be counted on to help when needed. Always an activist, she was never afraid to put pen to paper for a cause she believed in. She was a member of the Home and School, served on the Board of Forest Dale Home, was a member of the Irish Canadian Culture Association and NB Genealogical Society.

Winnie was a lifelong learner and among other things took a keen interested in genealogy. A talented writer, she researched and wrote the book "Of the Country"; with her niece Ann Breault.  She loved to travel and was fortunate enough to travel all over the world.

Winnie came from a large family and joined Harold’s large family. She was close to her
relatives from many generations, always taking an interest in their activities, accomplishments and lives. Her home was the center for many gatherings where there was lively conversation and lots of laughter. Always thinking of others, Winnie took time to send a card or make a phone call to family, friends and neighbours on every occasion. She will be remembered for her kind and caring ways and for her great smile and personality.

She will be deeply missed by her much-loved daughters, Brenda-Lee of Halifax, Angela and Juanita of Moncton, her sisters-in-law Lucy McKinley (late Donald) of Moncton, Carol Bartol (John) of Windsor, NS, Alice Smith (late Walter) of Vancouver and brother-in-law Winston Smith (Eileen) of Ottawa. Her beloved nieces and nephews who all held a special place in her heart will also miss her.

Besides her parents she was predeceased by her loving husband, Harold. As the last member of her immediate family she is predeceased by her sisters, Annie Leaman, Viola Brantnall, Teresa Kelly, Gladys McCarron, Stella Quillian, Marie McQuade, Clara Keirstead and Maisie Martin;and by her brothers, Louis, Elmer and Donald.

There will be a public visitation at the Albert County Funeral Home on February 24 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Due to COVID-19 there will be a private Funeral Mass at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Interment will be in the Holy Ghost Catholic Cemetery, Hopewell Hill, NB, in the spring.

For those who wish, donations in memory of Winnie to the Holy Ghost Cemetery or to the charity of the donor's choice would be greatly appreciated.

Arrangements are in the care of the Albert County Funeral Home, 4130 Route 114, Hopewell Cape, NB, E4H-3K2 734-2780

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Service Location
Private Family Service

Wednesday, Feb 24th, 2021
Visitation Time
Visitation Location
Albert County Funeral Home

Burial Location
Holy Ghost Cemetery, Hopewell Hill, NB

Requested Charity
Holy Ghost Cemetery or charity of the donor's choice would be appreciated