Irene Mary Smyth

August 13th, 2022

Irene Mary Smyth (nee McLim)

November 9, 1930 – August 13, 2022

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our mom, Irene, on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at Ivy House, Silver Kettle Village, Grand Forks, BC.  Mom was born in Trail, BC and lived there her whole life until her move to Silver Kettle Village last May.

She is predeceased by her husband Harry, her parents John and Mary McLim, her brother Charles McLim, and all her brothers and sisters in-law.  Mom is survived by her son Donald (Irene) Smyth, her daughter Joanne (Howard) McMeekin, and her son Gordon (Teresa) Smyth, ten grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews and their families.

Mom joined many youth organizations such as East Trail Brownies, Orange Lodge Young Ladies, and Figure Skating Club while growing up.  She met her best friend and love, Harry, and they were married October 19, 1949. They worked hard developing the family business Trail Cartage and Storage and raising their family.  Later mom and dad enjoyed traveling together and after Harry passed Mom continued travelling with her sister-in-law, Velia McLim.  Travels covered North America, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Europe, and Great Britain. 

Involvement in KBRH Auxiliary where mom earned her 50-year pin, the United Church Women’s Group, and Green Gables Ladies Group gave her many chances to volunteer in the community. Mom was always busy doing crafts, knitting, crocheting, and making luggage tags. She enjoyed outings with her friends for lunch, going to Smoke Eater hockey games, and attending performance concerts. Doing her daily devotional reading, word searches, and knitting dishcloths continued until the last month of her life.

The family would like to express our appreciation and thanks to the special people at Ivy House, Silver Kettle Village, Dr. N. Dalla Lana, Dr. Baxter, and Dr. Fischer for their compassionate care taking care of Mom.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Trail United Church on Friday, September 2nd at 10:00 am. Al Grywacheski of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements. The service will be livestreamed and can be viewed at

As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made in Irene’s memory to Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital Health Foundation at 1200 Hospital Bench, Trail, BC, V1R 4M1 or online at

You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence.

“I am just going home.

Don’t forget to have a cup of tea for me.”




Our condolences to all the Smyth Families. So sorry for the loss of your Mom she was an amazing, beautiful lady. Always had time for a chat whenever we crossed paths she loved her family. Our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time, hugs. Ralph & Betty Peitzsche

I would like to express my heartfelt sympathies and condolences to all the families at this time! Keep those fond memories close and I hope that they will help comfort you during these sad times! I had the privilege of knowing Irene for many many years and am grateful for that. I was lucky enough to see her in Grand Forks and the pleasure of having Irene living in the same building as myself. All my love to Joanne, Don, & Gord and families. Love Connie Hanson and families.

I’m so sorry to hear of Irene’s passing. She was such a lovely woman - so friendly and always smiling. We were neighbours in the Glenmerry apts…many chats and poolside visits. She loved being in that pool! My condolences to all her family.

Don Gord and Joanne I was saddened to hear of your Mums passing although I know she is now home. I love her smile and always made me feel blessed. A great great lady. Janet Thompson

Don, Joanne, Gord and families. Sorry to hear your Mothers passing. She always treated us well out in the old Waneta days, she was always Gram Nelson favorite person. Condolences to entire family.

Don, Joanne & Gord, our condolences for the loss of your mom. While growing up in the neighbourhood, your mom (and dad) were always so kind and welcoming to me. Thinking of you and wishing you all the best.

Dear Don & Irene and family We are so sorry to hear of Irene’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all Sincerely, Reg & Nives and family

Joanne and Smyth families: We were sad to hear of your mother's passing. I remember her from the United Church in the congregation and at the teas. I know that you and others will miss her a great deal. May your memories help you through one day at a time. John, GayLaJuan Lattanzio and family.

We were saddened to hear of Irene’s passing. She was a very kind person, always smiling when we ran into her around town. So sorry for your loss.

Grandma Smyth will always be the gem of my childhood. After moving away , we sent cards a couple times a year. I always loved her handwriting and her stickers as part of her messages. They always ended with “All my love” and I can hear her voice saying that and “ well, I’ll love ya”s and leave ya”s” following her Sunday family visits after church. Rest peacefully at home now Grandma. All my love to the family during this sad time.

Joanne - so sorry to read that you lost your Mom. She was such a dedicated volunteer for the community. Thinking of you at this sad time. Scott and Norma

We are truly sorry to hear of Irene s passing. She was a wonderful lady who always had a smile for everyone. She will be greatly missed.

I have memories of occasions spent with your Mom. A long ago Christmas at her house is a special one. Always cheerful. A great lady. Sending love. ❤️

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