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It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Rose Smith of Couchiching First Nation, with her children, family, and friends by her side, on Tuesday, March 20, 2012.

Rose was born Feb. 29, 1948 in Emo, Ont. to the late Mabel Smith and James Buckshot.

Rose worked as a homemaker, at numerous tourist camps, and also enjoyed working with native youth at the Couchiching Assessment home.

Rose enjoyed and treasured spending time with all her family and friends, doing puzzles, reading, watching her favourite television shows, attending pow-wows, and going for drives around the community with Louie.

Left to cherish her memory is Louis Jourdain, her loving partner of 37 years; her daughter, Evelyn Kingbird (Calvin); sons, Glenn Smith (Joyce) and Dalrey Smith (Susan); stepsons, Desmond Jourdain (Beverley) and Jason (Stephanie); and grandchildren, Sheldon, Tyrone, Justina, Tashina, Darcelle, Teresa, Shae-lynn, Sherri, Joshua, Dakota, Sage, Kathy, Nicholas, Brittany, Chantal, and Taylor.

Rose also had 13 great-grandchildren, Grace, Aryanna, Jaylyn, Kendra, Adam, Dayelynn, Danika, Treyton-Jay, Shiloh, Karma, Naisayah, Jaysen, and Ariannah.

Also surviving are Rose’s siblings, Steve Johnson Sr. (Jocelyn), Elise Wesley (Dave), Gloria Smith, Janice Smith; and nieces, nephews, and extended family members too numerous to mention.

Rose was predeceased by her mother, Mabel Smith; dad, James Buckshot; and stepdad, Eddie Smith. She also was predeceased by her loving sister, Angeline Chosa, and brother, Elvis Smith.

A traditional wake will be held at her home on Couchiching First Nation on Friday, March 23, 2012 starting at 5 p.m.

Interment will be take place in Couchiching First Nation cemetery on Saturday, March 24, 2012, with Elder Steve Johnson Sr. officiating.

The pallbearers will be Armand Jourdain Sr., Val Perrault Jr., Derek Turcotte, Kerry Morrisseau, Todd Morrisseau, Wayne Smith, Gilbert Smith, and Clarence Malcolm.

The honourary pallbearers were Eleanor Perrault, Wendy Bruyere, Lorna Cochrane, Louise Morrisseau, Gennine Morrisseau, and the rest of her close friends.

If friends and family desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Lung Association c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.

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