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Opal Gwen Smith (Walkey)

July 19, 1932 - January 28, 2022

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It is with heavy hearts that the family of Opal Gwen Smith announce her passing on January 28, 2022 at the age of 89.

Opal was born in Creston, BC on July 19, 1932 to Henry and Edith Lavon Walkey.  She grew up on a small farm in Arrow Creek and spent her childhood with her 13 brothers and sisters.  When Opal was 16, she met and married James Smith of Brisco on October 16, 1948.  They moved to Kimberley, BC and welcomed their first son Dale in 1950.  The second son Gary was born in 1952 and in 1957, the couple had twin daughters Heather and Faune, but Heather passed shortly after birth.  Jim worked as a carpenter at Cominco while Opal stayed at home to raise the children.  Opal was predeceased by her parents Henry and Edith Lavon, her husband Jim, her children Dale, Gary and Heather, her many sisters and brothers, her son-in-law Orin Hoglund and one grandson Dave Smith.

Opal is survived by her sister Nita, her daughter Faune, grandson Danny (Jenn), granddaughters Destiny, Lavonne (Joe), Celeste (Mike) and Shanna (Paul) as well as her 12 great grandchildren and very special friend Chery Duggan.

At Opal’s request, there will be no service.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Lunge and all the staff of the Kootenay Street Village.

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From: Mark Memorial Funeral Services

Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Cathy & Terry Martin

Faune & family. So very sorry to hear about your mom. Sending hugs

From: Bob and Deb Wright
Relation: Friend

Our heartfelt condolences to you and your entire family Faune.

From: Lynne Hoglund
Relation: Opal is my sister in laws mother, she attended many family gatherings with the Hoglund clan.

Our thought are with you, Faune and family. Opal was a very special lady, and will be missed.

From: Bev Smith
Relation: Long time ago former daughter-in-law

She knew the truth….

From: Noella Roberts
Relation: My cousin Faune

I love my aunt Opal very much. My father and aunt Opal meet in the heaven.

From: Janet Brown
Relation: Through my work and her daughter

Faune, I am so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. I never knew that she was your mom or her name until now, but I just knew she was a wonderfully warm and friendly lady when I saw her on the street, in the grocery store or at Mary’s kitchen when I worked there. 💕HUGS💕 from Darryl and myself.

From: Theresa park
Relation: Acquaintance/friend

Opal was such a beautiful light of welcome and friendship to my Mom and to those that lived around her at the Kimbrook Apartments. She is remembered with love and gratitude. Our love and light to her family, thank you for sharing her with us.

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