Cecilia Smith

Cecilia Helen Smith (Tommelein)

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020
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Cecilia Smith
1933 - 2020

On Wednesday March 25, 2020, Cecilia Helen Smith (Tommelein), loving mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, passed away peacefully at the age of 86 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Estevan, Sask.

Cecile will be lovingly missed by her children: Marvin (Shelly) and Michael (Louise); her grandchildren: Amanda and Carter; along with her sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews and friends.

Cecile was predeceased by her husband Lloyd Smith (2019); her daughter Marlys in infancy; her parents: Leonie and Emile Tommelein and her sisters: Marguerite (Marge), Mary and Madeleine.

Cecile was born on July 6, 1933 in Lampman, Saskatchewan to Emile and Leonie (Debusschere). She received her Nursing Diploma at the Regina Nurses’ College. In 1956 Cecile married Lloyd Smith. They started their married life in Davidson, Sask. Cecile practised nursing at the Davidson Hospital as a Matron from 1956 to 1958. In 1958 they moved to Benson / Estevan. Cecile joined several service clubs during her time in Benson. She was a member of the CWL, a treasurer for the parish council, project leader for the 4-H club, and served on the home care board. In 1970 Cecile continued her nursing career at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Estevan. Mom’s nursing practise was very important to her. At St. Joseph’s Hospital she worked in Addiction Rehabilitation, Emergency Services and Critical Care. Mom retired from nursing in 1996 but continued to do paramedical tests for insurance companies.

Mom loved life and being with family, her many friends and acquaintances. Her laugh, wonderful sense of humor, friendship and compassion and her fantastic butterhorns, cinnamon buns and beef chop suey, will be truly missed.

The Funeral Mass will be held at St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, Estevan, at a later date when we can once again gather to celebrate Cecile’s life. Announcements will be made at that time.

If friends and family so desire, donations can be made to the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, 1176 Nicholson Road, Estevan, Sask., S4A 0H3 in memory of Cecile Smith.

Dustin Hall with Hall Funeral Services, Estevan assisted Cecile’s family.

She died as she lived, as everyone’s friend. In our hearts her memory will always be kept, of one we loved and will never forget.
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Sharon Whitley Bazin

Posted at 04:11pm
Our deepest condolences to Marvin, Shelley, Michael, Louise, Amanda and Carter. It's been difficult to put into words how much Cecile meant to me. She was more than a friend and I loved her dearly. I have many happy memories of times we spent together. We had loads of fun but also supported each other through more difficult times. She was a kind, generous and loving person, always ready to help, to laugh and to lend a shoulder to cry on. And cried on mine a few times!! I miss her so much. Sharon and Kelly Bazin


Posted at 10:59am
Michael, Marvin and families, I'm so sorry for your loss! She was an amazing person and I will remember her for her warm personality and infectious laugh! Thinking of you at this time.

Stacey Gheyssen

Posted at 04:28pm
My dad Gary, my mom Sharon and my sister Sabrina and I would go to church and then go to Cecile and Lloyd's house in Benson where warm hugs and butterhorns would be waiting. I loved her piano-playing and the way she would wave goodbye with two hands. We all loved her so much.

Stephen/Cindy Ward

Posted at 02:23pm
So sorry for your loss of Cecile, she was a beautiful kind soul that will be missed by all who had the opportunity to meet her; and an amazing caring nurse! Cindy Ward

Dianne Hagel

Posted at 07:18pm
My sympathy to the Smith family. I worked at St. Joseph's with Cecilia. She was a lovely lady and an awesome colleague.
Dianne Hagel

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