Edith Violet Jones, longtime resident of Smithers, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 9th in the Bulkley Valley District Hospital at the age of 95.
Edith was born on Sept.16, 1920 in Yates, AB. She was one of six children born to Louise and Thomas Cooper. At the age of 17 she began work as a cook with the section crew of the CN Railroad, in northern BC. It was there that she met her future husband Tom C. Jones whose family had emigrated from Wales in 1927. In 1942 she made the journey to Hamilton, ON for training at the Westinghouse Women’s War Emergency Centre. From there she journeyed back to northern BC to work at the Post Office, first in Hazelton and then in Smithers. Tom and Edith were married in 1948 and their daughter Barbara Anne was born in 1950 followed by their son, Tom Cooper in 1951. Once her children were older, Edith worked at Paul’s Bakery and then became one of School District 54’s first teacher assistants at Muheim Memorial School, with Della Herman. Her artistic talents were put to good use.
Being a perfectionist, Edith excelled at her many interests; cross country skiing, sewing, knitting, producing crafts, baking, and above all, her beloved golf. She won many trophies and served as women’s club captain numerous times. Tom and Edith taught many young Smithereens the game of golf.
Edith was predeceased by her husband Tom Sr. in 1984 and by four of her siblings. Left to mourn are her daughter Barbara (Ralph) MacIsaac; son Tom Jr. (Melodie) Jones; granddaughter Laura MacIsaac (Brian); brother George (Flo) Cooper; many nieces and nephews and longtime friends.
A special ‘Thank you’ to the individuals of the BC Ambulance Service, Dr. Smith and the outstanding medical staff of the BV District Hospital. Edith worked for the Cancer Society for many years after Tom passed away, so if anyone wishes to make memorial donations, please make them to the Bulkley Valley Community Cancer Care Team, Box 3776, Smithers, BC V0J 2N0.
A Celebration of Life for Edith was held on Thurs., Dec.17th at the Pioneer Place Activity Centre. Condolences may be offered at www.raschraderfuneralhome.com.