Dorothy Rose Smirl was born on June 27th, 1939, in Edmonton, Alberta. She had 3 sisters and 4 brothers. She was adopted at the age of 15 and moved with her new family to Oregon, USA where she finished High school and them went on to Bible College. On February 22, 1958, she married the love of her life, Robert Smirl. They had three children, all born in the lower mainland. In 1973, they moved their family to the Okanagan, where they made their home in Vernon. Rose worked at the Village Green Hotel, Delview Hospital and Noric House. After leaving Noric House, she opened her own personal care home ‘Rose Manor’, which she reluctantly closed after 5 years due to failing health. Rose leaves behind a loving husband of 53 years; 3 children: Don (Brenda), Cinthia and (Terry Weed) and Kathy Louis; 6 grandchildren: Ashley, Falon, Ryan, Michael, Sarah, Melanie; and 5 great grandchildren: Josh, Quintessa, Aurora, Xavier, Grayson. She also leaves behind 3 brothers, one sister and numerous nieces and nephews.

On Wednesday, the 26th of May at Hospice House, Rose Smirl passed away peacefully with her family all around her. Her memorial service was Saturday, May 28th at Coldstream Christian Church at her request. Those wishing to make a donation in her name may do so to Vernon Hospice House or Canadian Diabetes Association.

It broke our hearts to lose you,

But you never went alone,

For part of us went with you,

The day God called you home.

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