Teresa passed away on August 4, 2016 after a long life filled with love.
Teresa’s legacy is the love she shared with her husband Adrian who predeceased her on November 28, 2011 after 61 years of marriage and for her nine children, eighteen grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren:
KC (Marian Lips–semicolon– Jennifer and Hilary Seth Nickel)), Vincent, deceased 2000, (son, Clayton), Brien, Mary Jane (Greg Grooms–semicolon– Fiona (Mark Barker, John, Mary and Kieran), Ian (Heather–semicolon– Noemi, Titus), Peter (Claire), Catherine and Emily), Sally (Marlo Baydala–semicolon– Jasper (Joanne Robertson), Louis and Martina), Virginia (Ken Stratton–semicolon– Patrick, Laura (Alain Berube) and Mary (Jamie Weikum), Linda (David Morris), Nancy (Marc Schneider–semicolon– Claire (Alberto Penate) and Xaviere), Roger (Jane–semicolon– Hayley and Jeremy).
Born in Saskatoon in 1925 Teresa, with the love of her family became an artist, athlete and excellent student, graduating from the University of Saskatchewan with a law degree at age 23.
While there she fell deeply in love with Adrian Smith. They married in 1950 and moved to Edmonton to raise their family of nine children. Teresa had grown up with only one sister, Ki, so although inexperienced with large families she took to it with enthusiasm, planning and a large dose of love. Every one of us has special memories of Mom that are all linked by the security of being enveloped by her unconditional love.
In 1970, at age 45, Mom returned to the University of Alberta to renew her law degree. She was a hit with the young students who were amazed by her life experience. She then worked as a lawyer for 10 years and served on the Board of the Misericordia Hospital and the Victoria Order of Nurses to further health care in Edmonton.
Throughout our lives Mom was always painting and sculpting, it truly was her first love. With the support of fellow artists her painting developed into a lyrical style–semicolon– nothing gave her more pleasure than when she presented each of her 18 grandchildren with a large landscape painting she had made for them on the occasion of her 50th wedding anniversary to Adrian.
Teresa had a large circle of friends in Edmonton who she met regularly to play bridge, golf, paint and study the bible.
She was an active member in the community of Lake Edith in Jasper where she and Dad spent their summers. She loved to paint the scenery around her, especially Mt. Edith Cavell, go for a daily swim, plan parties and have her family visit as often as possible.
Teresa’s life was enriched by the love she shared with her husband and family, her friends and her deep faith.
Reverend Paul Kavanagh will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, August 8, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 9830 – 148 Street, Edmonton, Alberta.
Teresa’s family would like to thank Dr. John Henderson and Sherry Kang and the caregivers of Lynnwood 3LP for their loving care of our Mother for the last three years.