Mary B. Smith, 78, of Naicatchewenin First Nation, passed away Thursday, June 5, 2014, surrounded by family, at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
She was born Sept. 22, 1935 on Clearwater Lake to Mike and Florence Johnson. She lived in the Naicatchewenin First Nation all her life.
She was united in marriage to Alfred Smith.
Once her children were grown, she made handcrafted rugs. She also was an elder to the community, sharing her knowledge with others through the Seven Generations Education Institute.
She became a mother and grandmother to all of the Smith family and a matriarch to their community.
Mary leaves behind her children, Robert Smith, Jane Councillor, and Deborah Jamieson; her brothers, Tommy Councillor-Johnson (Reta) and Louis Councillor-Johnson (Ernestina); as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her parents, Mike Johnson and Florence (Woods) Johnson-Councillor, as well as her husband, one son, and one daughter.
A traditional wake was held Sunday, June 8, 2014 at the Naicatchewenin First Nation gymnasium.
A traditional burial service was held Monday June 9, 2014 at the Naicatchewenin First Nation gymnasium, with Elder Harry Windego officiating.
The pallbearers were her grandsons and great-grandsons, Wendell, Eric, Delano, Elijah, Jamie, Jay, Lindsy, Josh, and Chad.
The honourary pallbearers were Doris Caribou, Rosie Snowball, Roseann Councillor, Louise Morrisseau, Mabel Cyr, and Janet Bruyere.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com