November 1, 1926 to May 27, 2011

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Flora. She died peacefully in her home in the community she loved so much. She was predeceased by her loving son, Tom (Eileen) who will be there to greet her in this next phase of her life. Flora is survived by her children, Elizabeth, George (Norma) and Margie; her grandchildren Greg (Kirby), Amy (Andrew) and Brady; her great grandchildren Ashton, Paige, Luca and Jackson as well as many loved nieces, nephews, cousins, her brother George Norris and countless friends.

Born in the Victoria, Flora graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Masters degree in Agriculture in 1949. The same year, she married John Stokes (predeceased) and with her family moved to Northern British Columbia eventually settling in Smithers where she has resided since. Flora loved the Bulkley Valley, loved the community and was passionate about the people in it and her energies were put into her family, her causes and her church.

Flora’s passion for her community is evidenced by the numerous groups, organizations or activities that she volunteered for, initiated or led. Her deep compassion and sense of caring for fellow humans is something countless people have benefited from. Although Flora received numerous awards and recognitions for her contributions to her community throughout the years, she always felt the biggest reward was the countless friends and a community made more whole that brought together all segments of society. She always stated she learned from all she met and valued all lessons she learned from such interactions. Flora leaves the world a much better place than she found it and for that we are forever grateful.

She was an inspiration to all, and more importantly she showed us all that “love is a verb.”

Rest well Flora, Mom, Grandmother, Great grandmother, Aunt, Sister and Friend.


Flora’s memorial will be held June 16 at 2:00 p.m. at St. James Anglican Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to the St. James Soup Kitchen, Box 147, Smithers, Camp Caledonia, Box 147, Smithers or the Canadian Cancer Society.

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