Madeleine Smitton


In Memory of Madeleine (Hornstein) Smitton March 12, 1921 - December 2, 2016



Madeleine Smitton (Hornstein) passed quietly away on December 2, 2016 after 95 years of active living.
Born in Regina Saskatchewan, Madeleine was the second of four siblings.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Frank, her parents Rose and Jack Hornstein, her brother Walter Hornstein (Shirley and Yvonne) and her two sisters Valerie Hornstein and Genevieve Zinger (Jack).
She is survived by her three children son Alan (Laura Lee), son Mark (Adrice) and daughter Anne, her sister-in-law Yvonne as well as 5 grandchildren.

Madeleine grew up in Regina attending Catholic primary schools and later Sacred Heart Academy.
She started work with the Federal Department of National Defense and fondly remembered her time working in Montreal.
She met Frank initially while working for Imperial Oil in Saskatchewan. In 1948 Madeleine moved to Vancouver to take a corporate secretarial position with the Port Authority of Vancouver.
There she reconnected with Frank who was attending law school at the University of British Columbia.
They were married in January, 1951 and Frank started his law practice and Madeleine worked with him and raised their three children.
They had a wide circle of friends and family and were known as wonderful hosts for all the parties and gatherings at their home and their cottage in Tulameen, BC.

After raising their children, Frank and Madeleine spent many winters in Arizona, finally purchasing a place in Mesa that Madeleine continued to use until 2014.
It was there that Madeleine took up tennis in her 70s and continued to play into her 90s.
She became the tennis "maven" both at the complex in Arizona and at the club in Burnaby, BC.
She often spoke of having to play with youngsters - men in their 70s - after her contemporaries had long given up the game.
Madeleine, true to her nature, gave art lessons in both painting and woodcarving. Her paintings of flowers were amazingly botanically correct. Her carvings were wonderful little pieces she shared with her family and friends. She even took up basket weaving and for a period taught others the art.
Madeleine was also a very skilled billiards player.

Madeleine moved to Ottawa in 2014 to be near family.
She stayed at the Orchard View Manor and, as it was a new facility, offered to be the official welcoming person who took the new residents in hand and tried to make sure that they were happily settled in the residence.
She said this was her favorite job.
Madeleine moved back to BC in 2016 and into Hallmark on the Park Retirement Residence in Abbotsford to be near family and her beloved mountains.

A special thanks goes out to the management and staff of Orchard View and Hallmark and doctors and staff at the Ottawa General Hospital and the wonderful care given at Holmberg House For those wishing, donations to honour her memory may be made to Holmberg House, 32780 Marshall Road, Abbotsford, BC V2S 1J7. Arrangements under the direction of Woodlawn Funeral Home, Abbotsford, BC.
Send your card to: Alan Smitton
4230 Elmwood rd. # 48
Abbotsford, BC.
V2S 0J1
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