March 6, 1928 ~ May 16, 2012
Martha Smith (nee Roth) passed away at the Creston Valley Hospital on May 16, 2012 at the age of 84 years, after a lengthy illness with emphysema and then suddenly pneumonia.
Martha was born March 6, 1928 to Caroline and John Roth at Thelma, AB, where she received her primary education. Martha was employed at Potteries in Medicine Hat, AB for about 15 years, leaving Hycroft China in 1970. She married Reginald Smith and moved to Creston, where she worked for a short time at the old bus depot restaurant in the kitchen. Reg died in 1973, and Martha and Wally Thompson (whose wife passed away around the same time) turned to each other and were together until he passed away in December 1982. Martha was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church, loved children and volunteering at Kids Korner in the church and enjoyed belonging to T.A.P.S. At a younger age, Martha enjoyed gardening, especially growing dahlias and other flowers. After Wally died, Martha continued to raise chickens and cows. She also loved embroidering and was working on quilt blocks just two weeks before her passing.
She was predeceased by her parents, John and Caroline Roth, ex-husband Jacob Lohrer, Reginald Smith and common law husband Wallace Thompson, eight brothers, four sisters and nephew Terry Roth.
Martha will be dearly missed by her son Gordon (Betty) Roth Lohrer of Creston, two grandsons Jason (Susan) Lohrer of Creston and Colin (Colleen) Lohrer of Rossland, seven great grandchildren, Betty (Chris) Catharell, Dawn (Milton), Matthew, Nicole of Creston, Harley, Nathan and Kayda of Rossland and two great- great-grandchildren Ashtyn and Karissa, numerous nieces and nephews including Brian Roth of Calgary and sister-in-law Madeline Roth of Calgary.
A Private Family Memorial Funeral Service
to be held at a later date.
Cremation has taken place.
The family wishes friends to remember and celebrate Martha in their own way.
Friends wishing to make a memorial tribute in Martha’s name may do so to the Creston Valley Hospice, 1720 Birch St., Creston, BC V0B 1G5