Marlene Joyce Smith

February 4, 2019 - 3:26pm Updated: February 5, 2019 - 4:39pm
Sunday, February 3, 2019
Calgary, Alberta

Marlene Joyce Smith passed away at Bethany Riverview in Calgary on Sunday February 3, 2019 at the age of 81 years. Marlene was predeceased by her loving husband Harry “Merv” Smith and her parents Mike and Alice Yackulic. She leaves to cherish her memory her sister Carol (John) Savery of Wickenburg, Arizona, her brother Darryl Yackulic of Calgary, and her daughters Maureen (Trent) Elton of Simme, Marilyn (Les) Wickenheiser of Medicine Hat, and Michelle (Robert) Keewatin-Smith of Medicine Hat. Marlene was incredibly proud of her grandchildren Colin (Nicole), Candice, Josef, Katelyn, Karlee, Kailey, and Kody and of her great grandchildren Brooklyn, Carson, and Brock. Marlene was born on January 6, 1938 in Lethbridge and spent her early years in Barons where her parents owned a local restaurant. In her youth she was an active participant in basketball and the Girl Guides. At the age of 18 she married Merv and they settled in Champion where he owned a plumbing business which Marlene worked at as well. All three of their girls were born in the nearby Carmangay hospital and the girls spent their early years in Champion. Marlene was a leader in the local Girl Guides program, which all three of her daughters participated in. In 1976, the family relocated for Merv’s work to Medicine Hat and Marlene continued her association with the Girl Guides becoming the local commissioner. In Medicine Hat, Marlene also took on a new challenge as a real estate agent. She was never one to back down from a challenge. In Medicine Hat, the couple was also involved with the local Legion and Elks chapters. As their girls grew older and moved out they ensured the house would stay busy with their beloved Boxer dogs – King and Queeny. Marlene and Merv also enjoyed time in nature both at their condo in Fairmont Hot Springs and camping in their trailer at Elkwater. In her later years Marlene relocated to Lethbridge to be closer to her centenarian Uncle George and friends in the Champion area. In particular, she benefitted from the love and companionship of her incredible friend Elaine Buchan. Go rest high on that mountain Mom/Sister/Friend/Grandma/Great-Grandma – your work on earth is done. The funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. David Pollard officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Girl Guides of Canada P.O. Box 20010 Kensington Postal Outlet, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8M4 or to the Alzheimer Society, Alberta and Northwest Territories #201, 770 6th Street SW Medicine Hat, AB T1A 4J6. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: [email protected] subject heading: Marlene Smith, or you may visit www.pattisonfuneralhome.com and leave a message of condolence.

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