SMITH, Odette Maria

Cape Breton Post - - OBITUARIES -

New Vic­to­ria

New Vic­to­ria lost a cher­ished mem­ber of the com­mu­nity when Odette Smith (nee Hamil­ton) peace­fully passed away on Wed­nes­day, No­vem­ber 7, 2018 at the Cove Guest Home at the age of 94. Born in River Her­bet on June 3, 1924, she moved to the com­mu­nity in 1945 and raised her fam­ily there with her hus­band El­liott. They mar­ried on July 3, 1944 in Stel­lar­ton, Nova Sco­tia. Hav­ing a fa­ther who was in the army re­quired fre­quent moves in child­hood and shortly af­ter mar­ry­ing El­liott it was de­cided to move to New Vic­to­ria where, fi­nally, she was home to stay.

Fear­less, she had a style that was truly her own and a zest for life. A hair­dresser by trade, she re­ceived her cer­tifi­cate af­ter grad­u­at­ing high school. Al­ways stead­fast and de­ter­mined, she al­ways was able to achieve her goals. She worked at Er­nas­tine’s Hair in New Waterford be­fore she con­verted the lit­tle sun­porch in their home into a salon. Fond mem­o­ries were made there, and it was a fre­quent meet­ing place in New Vic­to­ria. Even­tu­ally, she part­nered with an­other stylist and started her own busi­ness in Whit­ney Pier where she con­tin­ued to trail blaze. In 1972, her older son, Wayne, was se­ri­ously in­jured in a life al­ter­ing car ac­ci­dent in On­tario. She han­dled this with the same grace and de­ter­mi­na­tion as she al­ways had all chal­lenges in her past. With El­liott at her side, they sup­ported their son for the rest of his life, giv­ing him dig­nity and the abil­ity to live a full life un­til he passed in 2012 at the age of 65.

Not one to sit still, she en­joyed many ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing gar­den­ing, sketch­ing and bowl­ing. She es­pe­cially en­joyed base­ball and re­cruited com­mu­nity mem­bers to start an all-fe­male team. Fondly named “Osie” by El­liott, they en­joyed 74 years of mar­riage and were ex­tremely ac­tive. Danc­ing was a pas­sion for the ra­di­ant cou­ple. They were reg­u­lars at dances at the Pol­ish Vil­lage in Whit­ney Pier and many other venues around the is­land where many long-last­ing friend­ships were made. Skat­ing was also a pas­sion and she skated at The New Waterford rink and on the out­door rink in New Vic­to­ria where she showed off her ex­cep­tional skat­ing skills in her black rac­ers. She loved the out­doors and she and El­liot camped through­out In­ver­ness County for many years in their lit­tle tent trailer, rain or shine. She was a gifted baker and took pride in teach­ing her grand­daugh­ters, Crys­tal and Cherie, the craft. First thing on Satur­day morn­ings, rac­ing gloves on, in her 1973 Dodge Charger, she picked them up ready for her ea­ger stu­dents.

Odette was pre­de­ceased by her par­ents, An­drew Hamil­ton and Odette Hamil­ton (nee De­breucq); sis­ter, Mar­ion and son, Wayne.

Lov­ingly re­mem­bered by her hus­band, El­liott; son, Cordell (Bar­bara); grand­chil­dren, Crys­tal (Fred), Cherie(Kenny), Cordell Jr. (Ni­cole), Rhonda, Deb­bie, Dwayne (Michelle); great-grand­chil­dren, Tyler, El­lie Rose, Everett, Melissa, Deanna, David, Matt and Mi­randa; sis­ter, An­toinette (Jack, de­ceased); neph­ews and nieces, Keith (Jane), Brian (Patsy), An­drew (Becky) and Guy; Adam, Matthew, Lau­ralee, Cindy and David.

Spe­cial thanks to all of the staff of The Cove for your out­stand­ing care, grace and ded­i­ca­tion dur­ing a dif­fi­cult time for our fam­ily. Thank you for mak­ing her jour­ney dig­ni­fied and gen­tle. Your acts of hu­man­ity and ser­vice will be for­ever re­mem­bered.

There will be no vis­i­ta­tion. Cre­ma­tion has taken place un­der the care and di­rec­tion of V.J. McGil­livray Fu­neral Home, 380 Smith Street, New Waterford. A Fu­neral Ser­vice will be held at Calvin United Church on Tues­day, No­vem­ber 13, 2018 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dun­can Roach of­fi­ci­at­ing. Burial will be in Union Grove Ceme­tery, Scotch­town, with a lun­cheon to fol­low in the Rev. Du­nan Roach Fel­low­ship Room. Do­na­tions in her mem­ory may be made to the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety. On­line ex­pres­sions of sym­pa­thy may be sent to the fam­ily at: www. vjm­cgillivray.ca.

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