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MICHAELA JANELLE SMITH (Wa wa te ga bawik) (Caribou Clan)

It is with profound sadness that the family of Michaela Janelle Smith announces her passing on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018 in Brampton, Ont.

She was born on April 21, 1998 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Patrick Smith and Susan Paypom and grew up in Naicatchewenin First Nation.

She loved to visit with family and friends, and listen to music. She also enjoyed writing poetry and stories, and singing.

She was an outgoing and spontaneous person. She had a great sense of humour and loved to talk about her twin brother, Monte. She also was very proud of her son, Jace.

Michaela leaves behind her mother, Susan Bluebird; father, Patrick Smith (Char); son, Jace Watson-Smith; siblings, Carl Paypom, Sarah Smith (Mike), Montgomery Smith, Peyton Smith, and Sierra Fiddler; and grandparents, Gilbert and Delia Smith.

She also is survived by her aunts and uncles, Don Smith (Heidi), Vern Smith (Cheryl), Tania Smith (Carlos), Val Smith (Esau), Carla Smith (Real), April Bruyere (Matt), Jenn (Dan) Riley, Linda Paypom, Luke Paypom, Carl Paypom, and Adeline Paypom (Donovan); as well as numerous cousins that meant so much to her.

She was predeceased by her grandparents, Carl and Sarah Paypom; uncle, Felix Kokopenace; aunt, Shannon Coburn; great-aunts, Verna Paypom and Barbara Paypom; cousin, Yvonne Kakeeway; and aunt, Rose Paypom.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 at 3 p.m. at the Naicatchewenin First Nation Gymansium.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018 at 10 a.m., with Elder Ron Indian-Mandimin officiating.

The pallbearers will be Kale Bruyere, Vern Smith, Darren Smith, Carl Paypom, Don Smith, and Isaac Smith.

If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Friends of Animals c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.

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