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Edna Alexena Smith

Female 1890 - 1976  (85 years)

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  • Name Edna Alexena Smith  [1
    Gender Female 
    Born 24 September 1890  [1
    Submitter 133,635 
    Buried 1976  La Riviere, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 27 March 1976  [1
    Person ID I32268  Clan Moffat Genealogy
    Last Modified 6 May 2004 

    Father Sam Smith 
    Mother Jenny [--?--] 
    Family ID F10673  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Samuel Joseph Moffatt,   b. 8 May 1881, eastern corner, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. November 1946  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 1910  [1
     1. Amelia Moffatt,   b. 21 April 1911,   d. 1915  (Age 3 years)
    +2. Archie Alexander Moffatt,   b. 6 August 1913,   d. 17 March 1989  (Age 75 years)
    +3. Ida Muriel Moffatt,   b. 10 December 1915, La Riviere, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. William John (Bink) Moffatt,   b. 26 April 1918
    +5. Living
    +6. Living
    +7. Living
    +8. Living
    Family ID F6218  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • EDNA ALEXENA SMITH was one of eight children of Sam & Jenny Smith who had moved to the Middleton district near Manitou from Renfrew, Ontario. Mom became a seamstress before her marriage to Dad in 1910. They took up residence in La Riviere in the hombe Bink & Jean now live.
      If mother possessed a fault, none of us children could think of one. Respected and admired by all who knew her, She lived until she was 86. Still independent at 86 she and our Aunt Ann maintained their own suite, both living an active social life. Each year, mother travelled the length of Canada visiting her seven children, catching her own planes - never wanting to inconvenience anyone. She was a welcome visitor. Tea towels whould get whitened, curtains would get a freshening, socks would get mended, hems lengthened and bread, doughnuts and rolled oatmeal cookies would appear. She had that great gift of never interfering in the lives of her children and grandchildren and was never judgemental. We were always proud of her because she had excellent taste & dressed so smartly. She could fit in anywhere and young people enjoyed being around her because she had a real sense of humor.
      Mother was active in all community affairs, being a member of the United Church, Legion Auxiliary and Eastern Star and in later years in this very fine Smith family she was always sensitive to the simple needs of friends and neighbors.
      I have an image of mom taking fresh bread from the oven when we came home at four, quilting bees in the sun room, more precious still, the click of her needles as she knit in the dark, long after we had gone to bed.
      What infinite courage it must have taken for mother to leave most of her children behind and move to Saskatchewan. In the 30's, it was a rare occurrence for a woman to make that decision. She had so few years to influence the quality of our lives but her strength has been an example and we have all turned out to be half-decent persons. As one of her grandchildren said when she passed away "We lost a lady". [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] Original Moffat GEDCOM File, Robert and Frances Moffitt.

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