Lila Belle Smith

Lila Belle Smith

Lila was born on July 24, 1920 in Vancouver, B.C. She passed away

peacefully early Monday morning October 20, 2008 at Vernon Hospice

House. She will always be remembered for her strength and courage

especially during the last few months. Lila was predeceased by her parents

Franklyn and Jeanette Suiter.

Lila will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by her husband,

Delbert. He came from New Brunswick and worked in mining at Hedley

where they met. Their relationship fl ourished and they married in 1940

enjoying their home together for sixty-eight years.

Also left to mourn are her sister Norma Watts (Lin) of Utah, her brother

Marvin Suiter (Lois) of Vernon and her six children: Robert (Ruth) of

Westbank, Sharon Burgess (Jim) of Armstrong, Lynda Norris (Harold)

of Armstrong, Terence (Grazyna) of Edmonton, Wendy Whitehall (Steve)

of Calgary and Kelly of Victoria. Eight grandchildren and ten great

grandchildren will be also deprived of her infl uence and love in their


Because of the isolation of the Suiter home, Lila’s education was achieved

via correspondence. But she has always loved learning and was able to

complete her grade twelve requirements and receive her diploma. Lila

loved life: She truly enjoyed sewing, painting, gardening, quilting, knitting,

and numerous other hobbies. She often chose lively and even stunning

colours in much of her work. Her lifelong industriousness was seen in

her habit of working late into the night to accomplish so much. Lila was

a practical lady with many good friends. She was always very active and

almost to her death she was involved in many home and church activities.

A shy and gentle lady with a great sense of humour she always fi lled the

hearts of her family with joy.

A memorial service for Lila will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 26,

2008 at the Grandview Seventh-day Adventist Church. A reception will

follow in the school gymnasium. Donations in memory of Lila Smith may

be made to the North Okanagan Hospice Society, 3506 – 27th Avenue,


Arrangements are in the care of Personal Alternative Funeral Services,

Armstrong 250 546-7237.

Lila Belle


(nee Suiter)

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