Marian Rosalie Smith (nee McClellan)
September 24, 1925 ~ December 10, 2014
Marian passed away with many of her loved ones at her side in Creston, after a long journey with Alzheimer’s.
Marian was born to W. Norman and Lena McClellan in Edmonton where she completed her education. Marian met the love of her life, George Lewis Smith, while they were both attending U. of A. They were married in 1947 after achieving their degrees in Pharmacy and Medicine. In 1948, they designed and built their log and stone dream home on Hillside in Creston, B.C.
In the early years of their 54-year marriage, Marian helped George with his medical practice by maintaining records of all the babies he delivered as well as taking notes during autopsies. Many years later, Marian and the other wives of Creston’s physicians formed the Medical Management Co. that spearheaded the construction and administration of the Family Practice building.
Marian was gifted with a beautiful singing voice, which she shared with numerous choirs. She was also very active in, and became a lifetime member of, the United Church Women.
Family was where Marian’s gifts shone: she excelled in all aspects of caring for and loving her five children. One of Marian’s favourite activities was to be taken for rides around “her beautiful valley.”
Marian was predeceased by her infant son Brogan, beloved husband Dr. George Smith, brother Norman McClellan, brother and sister-in-law Frank and Phyllis Smith and great-grandson Branson Beales.
Our beautiful mother will be sorely missed by daughters Garrity Nordenlund (fiancé Jonathan Richards) of Edmonton, Shauna (Gerry) Brunham of Creston, Annalee (Laird) Siemens of Cranbrook, son Rory (Lynda) Smith of Boswell; grandchildren Matthew, Jody, Sarah, Nathan, Garrity and Allina, great-grandchildren Tristan, Jordan, Isabella, Analeigh, Hudson, Everett and Isla. Also her sister-in-law Kathy McClellan of Edmonton.
A memorial and celebration of Marian’s life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Society or the Swan Valley Lodge Equipment Fund would be welcomed by the family.