SMEE, Susan (Sue) Mary
Nov. 12, 1947 – Feb. 9, 2017
A brilliant light has dimmed, but will never be extinguished. Sue fought valiantly against cancer for several years, and now is at peace and pain-free. Sue is predeceased by her parents William and Eleanor Barnett and her step-sister Tanice (Twa). Her light shines forever bright in the hearts of Barry, her husband of 50 years, daughters Shelly Smee and Tracy (Milton), sons-in-law Jason Milton and Christian Letnar, grandsons Rigel, Sasha, Noah, Oscar and James, sister Nanci (Morgan), brother Stephen Barnett, sister-in-law Jean, aunt Irene Brown (Pierce), step-mother Mary Barnett and numerous cousins.
Born in Calgary, Sue moved to Edmonton where she met her mate for life, Barry, in high school. They lived in North Vancouver, Sydney, Australia, then returned to Canada, making homes in Milton and Ottawa ON, Calgary and Vancouver. Ever adventurous, Sue and Barry then moved to Shirley on the west coast of Vancouver Island where they lived 11 wonderful years in the tight-knit community near French Beach before returning to Vancouver.
Sue was a gifted office administrator for accounting and legal firms, and since 1990 was VP and business manager of Barry’s successful consulting company. She loved travel, and accompanied Barry throughout the Southern Hemisphere, including Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands; she especially loved Africa. Sue was a talented writer and photographer, and her travel journals were renowned.
Sue’s creative eye and lifelong passion for fibre arts found expression through sewing, quilting, and crafting. Family, friends and acquaintances world-wide have examples of her talent. Sue became knowledgeable African tribal textiles and gave lectures on the methods and styles used. With her gregarious and outgoing personality, she quickly made life-long friends where ever she went. She will be dearly missed, and her talent, crafts, and spirit will live on.
Her family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses in the palliative care unit at Lion’s Gate Hospital and the North Shore Hospice for their tireless care and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, donations appreciated to Sue’s Memorial Fund for Ovarian Cancer Canada
A celebration of her life will be held in the future.