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Pete & Crystal Small posted a condolence
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Betty and Roy were our neighbours on 13th. We lived directly across the street. What beautiful people! Betty would gather up all our kids in the neighbourhood and walk them to kids club every week where they would have the times of their lives! My Daughter always came back with a new little song or shared something she learnt about God. This was her first exposure and it was because of Betty. ❤️ We had many good driveway visits and they were always interested to know how the family was doing (my Mother in Law owned the house before us). I’m very sorry for your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. ❤️
Glen and Phyllis Haywood posted a condolence
Saturday, January 21, 2023
I’m glad the service was recorded so I could join in from here in Iowa. I have such precious memories that come back as I think about Betty. One memory is of the road trip that sisters Helen, Betty, Marye and I took together in 2006, to visit some of our other siblings. Getting to visit Betty this past year was another good sister moment. And of course I enjoyed her delicious food those three years I was at Pambrun. I hope she has some goodies ready when I eventually join her in heaven. (Sister) Phyllis Grusing Haywood
Nadine Pattison posted a condolence
Saturday, January 21, 2023
Tribute to Betty Smith Jim and I have had the privilege of serving with Roy and Betty through Northern Canada Evangelical Mission. Betty' s friendliness, flexibility and openness to have guests in her home for vary times made their home a blessing to travellers. She had a real burden for the children in her community to hear the good news of Jesus Christ so having a Bible club at their home was part of her summer outreach. Our daughter Nadine and I gave her rides Saturday morning to buy groceries. Her question as she looked through the shelves was what would Roy like? Nadine adopted Betty as her grandma and she loved to carry the heavy bags up their front steps. Betty was a real prayer warrior for family and friends to be in a close relationship with God. At my last visit to her in Rosthern she showed her good sense of humour pointing to the wax flowers stuck in the ground outside her window. She smiled and said they " grew so fast and wouldnt need to be watered!" Her faithfulness in serving God is an example we will long remember. Jim Laureen and Nadine Pattison
Heather MacKnee posted a condolence
Saturday, January 21, 2023
I was privileged to know Mrs. Smith (Betty) basically all of my life. I think I was 2 when the Smiths moved to Pambrun and I lived across the street from them so I often played with Grant and Harvey. I remember her kindness and definitely saw Jesus in her in the way she treated others. Graduating from Millar College of the Bible was an emotional time for me as it was also the Smiths last year in Pambrun, and somehow that didn't seem right to me that they were leaving. But then, I saw how God provided another wonderful ministry for them with NCEM and I got to visit them several times in PA, and of course received good meals from her and encouragement through prayer. I am a missionary in Bolivia and in Dec. 2021, while in Canada, I was able to briefly visit Mrs. Smith at the Rosthern Nursing Home. She recognized me and said nice things to me and then asked if she could pray for me. She told me that her mind wasn't like before, but her prayer was so sweet and meaningful. I didn't know that when I prayed for her and Mr. Smith that day, that it would be the last time I would see them here on earth, but I am so thankful for the beautiful memory that I have of that day. I really do thank the Lord for the impact that Mrs. Smith had on my life.
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Friday, January 20, 2023
After giving birth to three sons, Betty was happy to accept me as her first daughter. Despite not thinking at first that I was "good enough" for her precious boy, she came to embrace and love me too. As a young bride I wanted to be her "when I grew up". She has been my role model and my inspiration for my own marriage and family for the past 40 years. Betty first of all had a deep desire to please and obey the Lord. Her relationship with Him was simple and straightforward. Her life was one of service and faithfulness to Him. Although it was never flashy, her devotion to service was deep and abiding. She would never be one to be seen at the front of a gathering but was always the one in the background cooking, organizing, cleaning and serving wherever needed. In our early years together she taught me many housewifely skills such as how to can jams and jellies. We gardened together and I'll never forget the summer we had too much zucchini and used it in everything. We tried to "hide" it as an apple pie filling one time but Harv, who hated the taste of zucchini, managed to pick it out anyway. We laughed a lot in those days! She taught me how to make a collared shirt for my little boy out of one of Roy's old shirts. She taught me the value of sitting down and playing a board game in the afternoon. She loved to have chocolate milk at lunch if nobody else was around - just because she liked chocolate milk! She held me while I cried because my husband was away and I missed him. She cried then too because I loved her son so much. We had our ups and downs, tears and laughter together but we were the better for it. Betty never forgot one of the children's or our birthdays or special days. There would always be a card or a note - never flashy but always with a personal inscription and often something "little" like a pressed flower. On the telephone, she was the one who "took notes" while asking questions, Roy always on the second handset, so they could pray for us and our children more specifically. We never doubted her deep prayer life on our behalf. Another thing Betty loved to do was to get outside in nature and pick berries, plant flowers or work in her garden. Betty would go down the bushes beside the river across the street from their home in Prince Albert and would pick saskatoons and chokecherries. Her raspberry canes in the backyard were a temptation to the neighbourhood children but she was never cross at them for helping themselves. Rather she would go out and explain that they needed to wait till there were more on the cane. She never shied from talking to the people in her community. She also managed to put up quite a store room of jams and jellies that she was more than willing to share with anyone who came her way. Betty's joy came from her generous spirit to serve others - often at the expense of her own happiness or preferences. Her life was one of sacrificial giving. She excelled at the practical! Her table often had several different feet under it as she prepared meals and beds for friends, students, college workmen in Pambrun. Rarely did she and Roy eat alone in Prince Albert. With hosting families, students, missionaries and anyone else who needed a meal or a bed, she baked and served, she cleaned and shopped wisely to support the mission at NCEM. She never felt "holy" about it but was happy to serve her Lord and add to someone else's wholeness at a cost to herself. She loved so much that it was easy for her to give. Service because of love was natural to her. As we grew older, Betty and I had many talks about the differences we saw in each other through the years. We cried together many times and vowed to emulate the strengths we saw in each other. Her life was a living sacrifice; her joy was a result of her way of life. The witness of her giving service followed her in every town and neighbourhood she lived. Only God knows what it cost her; only she knew the true joy she gained. We witnessed her joy - even after dementia took her from us - when we called the nurses in the home in Rosthern to check up, they always told us she was "pleasantly confused". This is so Betty. Never one to make a fuss for herself, she always exhibited a gentle, quiet, uncomplaining spirit. She left us all a great inheritance, her life story. She never sought attention or praise for herself but her "life legacy" lives on. Because of COVID and compromised immune system I have not been to see Betty in person for several years and won't be at the memorial gathering this weekend. Even though her dementia "took her" years ago, her physical passing leaves a great hole in my heart. She has left me some big footsteps to follow. I will miss her.
Carroll & Cathy Hill posted a condolence
Thursday, January 19, 2023
Betty was a wonderful person and much loved by many. Her work at NCEM Headquarters was greatly appreciated by everyone, especially those who lodged at their home while visiting Prince Albert. She was a joy to work with. Her work was always done to perfection. I’m sure she will hear, “ Well done my good and faithful servant.”
Pastor Arlyn vanEnns; ncem, mmf posted a condolence
Thursday, January 19, 2023
When my late Wife & Ministry-partner, and I taught in the Fijian Islands we were told about the couple who had lived in our house previously, an apparently very quiet and devoted couple — and also Canadian, which is rare there! Decades later whenever Annette & I would be at HQ’s for Governing Board meeting or cd-recording, or something; we’d very much enjoy Betty & Roy’s hospitality. I recall one Lord’s Day afternoon before faspa we listened together to a remarkably long recording of, I think, a Norwegian Manitoban Shantyman reciting chapter after chapter of Scripture by memory. — What an unusually real and moving Worship experience that was together!! But yes; eventually we discovered that the Smiths were the one & same caring couple of whom we’d heard on the other side of the equator all those many years of Ministry — both for them, and us — before!
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Wednesday, January 18, 2023
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