Dagny Smith died at Shuswap Lake General Hospital on Friday, July 17th, 2015. She was born Dagny Grönskei on December 7, 1923 in Rjukan, Norway. Her family immigrated to Canada in 1929 and they came to B.C. in the early 30s, eventually settling in Pioneer Mines in the Bridge River Valley.
She married Evan Smith in 1945 after he returned from the war and they enjoyed many happy years in Pioneer, raising their young family and being very active in the small, close-knit community. They moved to Salmon Arm in 1962.
She is predeceased by her husband and best friend Evan, her daughters Laura and Laraine, and her son Roger. She is survived by her daughter Linda (Bill) Laird, granddaughter Samantha, sister Gladys, brother Norman, brother-in-law Lloyd Smith, son-in-law Dan Ellis, and daughter-in-law Kathryn Smith.
Dagny was a good friend to many and a steadfast champion of the underdog whenever possible. She could remove any spot from any garment, correct spelling and grammar without hesitation, and dress a toddler for winter weather in under 2 minutes. Dagny always slept with one eye open, not wanting to miss anything. She loved to laugh fit to burst at whatever hit the funny bone and had a series of one-liners that were often bizarre but wise.
Thank you to all the good folk at Piccadilly Terrace and Piccadilly Care Center.
She will go to be with Evan at the Goldbridge cemetery, and will dance again with her favourite partner.
In lieu of flowers, remember Dagny by greeting a stranger with a kind word and a friendly smile. She would like that.