Elizabeth Ann Smithson (née Young)

December 9, 1949 - December 24, 2022
December 28, 2022 7 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

Elizabeth Ann Smithson (née Young) was born December 9, 1949 in Nassau, Bahamas to her parents Jean and Harold Young.  Her grandmother Mary Clarke delivered her in her own home as she was a practicing midwife.  She sadly passed away at home surrounded by family in the early hours of Christmas Eve 2022 in Edmonton, Alberta having only recently reached seventy-three years of age.

Our beloved mother and grandmother is survived by her son David Smithson (Stephen Ekstrom), daughter Lisa Smithson (Ryan White), grandchildren Wylder and Wyatt White, and her sister Kim Young.

Elizabeth knew from an early age that she wished to become a nurse and pursued this training first in the Bahamas and then in Aberdeen, Scotland and London, England.  She ultimately became both a registered nurse and a certified midwife.  In 1976, she moved to Canada settling first in Winnipeg, answering the call of a national shortage of nurses at the time.  Her career took her west to Vancouver and ultimately to London, Ontario, where she had her children.  Elizabeth followed both of her children back west to Edmonton where she spent her remaining years helping to lovingly raise her grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 10 am on Friday December 30, 2022 at Trinity Funeral Home (10530 116 St NW Edmonton AB T5H 3L7) with viewing commencing at 9 am with the burial to follow at Rosehill Cemetery (1605 141 St SW Edmonton AB T6W 1A3).

Those wishing to view the service via live-stream, can do so by accessing the following link: https://www.rispektmedia.com/elizabeth-smithson-dec-30-10am

We ask that in lieu of flowers that you consider a donation in memory of Elizabeth to Edmonton’s Food Bank (https://www.edmontonsfoodbank.com/donate-now/).

The family wishes to send a special thank you to the staff of the Palliative Care Team in Edmonton for their exceptional care.

  1. Liz was such a wonderful lady! So grateful to have met her. All my love and condolences to everyone that loved her.

  2. Deepest condolences to all the family, especially Dave and Stephen. So sorry for your loss. What a remarkable woman who devoted her life to service and helping others. She was so fortunate to have such loving and devoted children.

  3. To the entire Smithson family, we send our deepest love and prayers. We’ve been fortunate to have had some great conversations with her over the last few years and it’s very clear that some of your best qualities come from her. She was so proud of her family, and we can’t imagine the pain you’re feeling right now. Please know you are surrounded by a community of people who love and support you, we will hold you up while you heal ♥️

  4. Rest In Peace dear friend Elizebeth. We will miss your enthusiasm, great smile, your laughter, and your joy for life. You always tried to take the high road and took great joy in loving your children and grand children! You worked so hard to be a successful and accomplished woman, a loving responsible mother, a proud grandmother and register nurse/ midwife. We miss you soooooo much!
    Lots of love and prayers for your family.
    Wendy and Howard Soon

  5. So sorry for your loss. Love and prayers, the Wilson family

  6. We send most sincere condolences from the UK. I trained with Liz about 50 years ago, and our friendship lasted five decades. Liz was such a lovely person, with a great sense of humour, huge caring for others and deep love for family. I know that she particularly treasured her time with her wonderful grandchildren. My husband and I join you in your grief and mourning. Pam.

  7. Dear Dave and family,
    We are so very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Please know that you and all your loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
    Sincerely, Karen and Andy Deeprose

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