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Schmit Inez

SCHMIT, Inez Marie

Inez Marie Schmit of Kelowna, British Columbia passed away, at the age of 79, in her home on February 3, 2017. Inez, the third youngest of John and Effie McPherson’s eight children, was born on November 1 1, 1937 in Grenfell, Saskatchewan.


Inez earned her registered nursing diploma from Saskatoon City Hospital. Although Inez enjoyed her work in hospitals, she was particularly passionate about public health: a sector in which she worked with much commitment for over twenty years.


Inez wed Douglas Albert Schmit in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on October 15, 1960, the same year she graduated from nursing. They were happily married for 57 years. Together, Inez and Doug raised four children: Todd, Jodi, Lorne and Stephanie.


Inez and Doug enjoyed curling, golfing, and skiing. Over the years, Inez continued to develop a wide range of interests such as participating in book and bridge clubs; travelling across many nations; watching a variety of sporting events; and cherishing experiences with her family.


A true humanitarian, Inez was actively involved in volunteerism – advocating for citizens new to Canada; providing assistance at the hospital; ordering groceries for those in need; and  promoting human rights for all.


Inez was predeceased by her parents, John and Effie McPherson; sister, Vera Stewart; brother, Lorne MacPherson; brother, John McPherson; brother-in-law Jim Robb and sister-in-law, Lillian MacPherson.


Inez is survived by her husband, Douglas Schmit, Kelowna, BC; her children and their spouses, Todd Schmit, Beaumont, AB; Jodi (Neil) Rutley, Attons Lake, SK; Lorne (Maria) Schmit, Vancouver, BC; and Stephanie (Lorne) Rutley, Melfort, SK; six grandchildren, Danna (Ryan) Harker, Baillie (Andy) Cowden, Keegan Schmit, Kayla Schmit, Matthew Schmit, and Christopher Schmit; two great-grandchildren, Daymon and Sophie Harker; four siblings, Eileen Robb, Regina, SK; Tom (Donna) McPherson, Edmonton, AB; Archie (Merle) McPherson, Gilbert, AZ; Robert McPherson, Sherwood Park, AB; brother-in-law Don Stewart, Gilbert, AZ; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Inez was a compassionate, loving person whose generosity of spirit will be dearly missed.


A Celebration of Life honouring Inez will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, British Columbia. Following the celebration, family will receive friends at Springfield’s Funeral Home. Interment will occur at a later date in Davidson, Saskatchewan.


In lieu of flowers, donations in honour of Inez Schmit may be made to the BC Alzheimer Society or the Canadian Mental Health Association. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Service: 1:00 PM Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Location: Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for SCHMIT, Inez Marie is scheduled for 1:00 PM Wednesday, February 8, 2017 . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • My condolences to all the family. I worked with Inez for many years in Fort McMurray. We had a lot of fun and I loved her dearly. Hugs to all

    Condolence sent by: Olivia Roberts on February 6, 2017 at 9:03 am

  • My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. I worked with Inez for a number of years in Public Health in Fort McMurray. Inez was the opitimy of grace, kindness and caring for all she knew and met. She also had a wonderful sense of humour which we all cherish in our memory of her. It was an honour to have known her.
    May you be comforted in knowing many surround you with their love of prayers during
    this difficult time.

    Condolence sent by: Cyndi Hudson on February 6, 2017 at 10:08 am

  • Doug,I am so sorry for your loss.Our sincere sympathy.Our thoughts are with you all,Margaret Ann and Lawrence Beckie

    Condolence sent by: Margaret Ann Beckie on February 6, 2017 at 11:01 am

  • Sorry for your loss Doug and my cousins, what a wonderful lady Inez was, always a smile and a chuckle to be shared..

    Condolence sent by: Rand McPherson on February 6, 2017 at 1:02 pm

  • Doug and family: The morning of Inez’s farewell was a total shock to both of us. We knew we could always depend on you as neighbors for help as needed. Inez was always ready to help with her nursing skills when we both were in desperate need. Your friendship as next door neighbors will always be remembered and cherished. Our prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Helene and Clayton.

    Condolence sent by: Clayton and Helene Hack on February 6, 2017 at 1:33 pm

  • Sad to have to say goodbye to a sweet, kind caring soul who left us too soon.
    We loved her dearly and will miss her terribly.
    Rest in peace, Inez.

    Condolence sent by: Archie and Merle McPherson on February 6, 2017 at 2:46 pm

  • Dear Uncle Doug, Todd, Jodi, Lorne, and families…

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are sure with you during this sad time. Such a lovely Auntie that will sure be missed.

    “Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed, and very dear. Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal. Love leaves a memory that no one can steal.”

    Take care,

    Love Page

    Condolence sent by: Page on February 6, 2017 at 5:28 pm

  • Jodi and family-I am so sorry for your loss. Inez was a wonderful friend and co-worker. I treasure my many memories of her kindness and sense of humour.

    Condolence sent by: Lynne Ferguson on February 6, 2017 at 6:12 pm

  • Jodi and family-I am so sorry for your loss. Inez was a wonderful friend and co-worker. I treasure my many memories of her kindness and sense of humour. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Condolence sent by: Lynne Ferguson on February 6, 2017 at 6:32 pm

  • What a pleasure it was to have known Inez , her quick wit and smile! It was a pleasure to have worked with her in PH as well as having her as a neighbor in Beaconhill! I am sorry for your loss but know that your memories of Inez will bring you smiles for years to come.

    Condolence sent by: Mary johnson on February 6, 2017 at 7:32 pm

  • I can’t begin to put into words what my Aunt Inez was to me and so many, to me over so many years she was an aunt, a mom, and a friend, all those spring breaks, summer vacations, and being on the other side of the lake waiting in that sail boat test run, I have never been so happy to see someone. You were kind beyond words, had a laugh that would pull you into your world and that world was a great place to be. I’ll miss you lots Aunt Inez, rest in peace and enjoy the rest of your journey. Until I see you again xo.

    Condolence sent by: Paul on February 6, 2017 at 8:15 pm

  • Doug and Kids,
    We say Goodbye to the best of the clan.
    Fondly remember many happy Christmases with you guys.
    My condolences to you all.

    Condolence sent by: Robert McPherson on February 6, 2017 at 8:17 pm

  • My sincere sympathy to the Schmidt family on the death of Inez. I was fortunate to have worked with Inez in Public Health at the Fort McMurray Health Unit. She was a very special person; one who always had a smile on her face, one who loved to have a laugh, one who cared deeply for her family and one who was a very sincere and loving person. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time.
    Kathy McKenna (niece of Fr Leo Floyd)

    Condolence sent by: Kathy McKenna on February 6, 2017 at 8:23 pm

  • Todd and all your family, our deepest sympathy to you and your loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Condolence sent by: Deb and Steve Jorritsma on February 7, 2017 at 9:44 am

  • Todd our deepest sympathy to you and your family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Condolence sent by: FRANK AND BECKY COCCIMIGLIO on February 7, 2017 at 10:07 am

  • We have only fond memories on Inez, especially the fun times in Fort McMurray and travels to Ireland an England. We appreciate her keen wit and humor. Our deepest sympathy to the entire family from our family. Out thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

    Condolence sent by: Him and Irene Thompson on February 7, 2017 at 11:36 am

  • Doug and cousins

    So sorry to hear about auntie inez..

    My thoughts and love are with you all.

    Hugs to you.
    She was and Angel on earth…and now she is a heavenly angel rest in peace sweet lady. You will be remembered.

    Love Susan and Erin.

    Condolence sent by: Susan mcpherson on February 7, 2017 at 5:48 pm

  • Jodi,
    We are sending our deepest sympathy to you and all your family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. Inez will always be fondly remembered.
    Pat and Bill

    Condolence sent by: Bill and Pat Bowie on February 7, 2017 at 7:05 pm

  • Aunt Inez was a kind soul, always making everyone around her feel included and special. I always enjoyed the visits, especially the Kelowna reunion. With sad hearts we send our love & sympathy to you Doug & your family Todd, Jodi, Stephanie & Lorne & their families. We will be with you in spirit to watch the service online today for Inez & to say our goodbyes to a wonderful lady ❤️

    Condolence sent by: Tracy (nee McPherson)& Dave McRae & Family on February 8, 2017 at 8:12 am

  • We were so saddened to hear of Aunt Inez’s passing. She was a light in a darkened room and will be missed by all who’s lives she touched. Our thoughts and prayers are with Uncle Doug and all the family.

    Condolence sent by: Valerie Arend on February 8, 2017 at 8:37 am

  • Dear Uncle Doug, Lorne, Stephanie, Jodi, Todd, and families, I was so saddened to hear of Auntie Inez’s passing. She was a much-loved, special aunt. I appreciated her warmth, hospitality, and gentle spirit. I hope that wonderful memories will bring you peace and comfort as you grieve. With our love, Sheryl, Ron, Andrea and Jo

    Condolence sent by: Sheryl Ludke on February 8, 2017 at 9:38 am

  • My deepest condolences to all. She was a wonderful and unique lady and will be sadly missed. The time I spent with the family in Ft McMurray will be treasures forever. Attended via the web different but no less emotional.

    Condolence sent by: Craig Schmit on February 8, 2017 at 2:08 pm

  • Uncle Doug, Jody, Todd, Stephanie,Lorne and family, we are saddened by your loss and our thoughts are with you. Aunt Inez will always be remembered for her genuinely kind nature and compassion. We remember Aunt Inez very fondly and she will be missed. Tom, Bev, Jillian, Caroline and Nolan

    Condolence sent by: Tom Schmit on February 8, 2017 at 2:27 pm

  • Dear Uncle Doug, Jodie, Todd, Lorne, and Stephanie, and McPherson siblings,

    Aunt Inez was such a fun person to be around. I will always remember her warm and brilliant smile and giggles shared. She was quick to laugh, but was also a loving and compassionate soul.

    My heart aches for you and I share your sadness.

    Condolence sent by: Vera Stewart-Lutz on February 8, 2017 at 3:42 pm

  • Hello Doug —- sending sympathy and prayers to you and your family .
    So very sorry for the loss of your dear wife . I feel sad that I didn’t know her ,I have loved reading all the wonderful messages sent from family and friends .
    Take care and God bless you at this difficult time
    Cousin Joan Schmit Fosler

    Condolence sent by: Joan Fosler on February 8, 2017 at 6:35 pm

  • Uncle Doug, Jody, Todd, ,Lorne, Stephanie,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of Aunt Inez. My thoughts are with you all.

    Condolence sent by: Dan McPherson on February 8, 2017 at 6:45 pm

  • It was a long time since I last saw Inez but I still remember the bowl of fresh raspberries and fresh cream that she served me as a young girl….after listening to all the stories tonight I now know why that bowl of raspberries tasted so good….
    Such a loss, such memories. I wish Doug and cousins all the best in grieving such a beautiful soul!

    Condolence sent by: Leslie on February 8, 2017 at 10:25 pm

  • Dear Doug, Jodi, Todd, Lorne, Steph and familes,
    It was such sad news when we heard. Thanks so much for sharing the service — it was very touching. Nice to see everyone again after so many years, you all look well and that was a beautiful tribute. Sorry to not be able to make it in person, but thinking about you, and would love to visit with everyone at some point. My best to everyone there.

    Condolence sent by: Malcolm McPherson on February 9, 2017 at 6:22 am

  • Jodi. I’d like to send my sincere sympathy to you and your family. Your mom and I shared some wonderful work times, years back in Vermelion. I’ll always remember her friendliness and hospitality to an Edmontonian colleague when I travelled to the Vermelion area.
    Bertha Kress, Nursing Coleague

    Condolence sent by: BERTHA KRESS on February 9, 2017 at 9:38 am

  • Doug – we are both so sorry to hear the news of Inez’s passing. We enjoyed visiting when it came time for dental appointments and will miss her warm smile and cheerful demeanor. She was a lovely person. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts.

    Condolence sent by: Jillian Belbin and Lincoln Loo on February 9, 2017 at 2:56 pm

  • Uncle Doug, Jodi, Todd, Steph, Lorne and your families. I am saddened by the news of Auntie Inez. My deepest sympathies to you all. You have wonderful memories to treasure.

    Condolence sent by: Lisa Schmit on February 9, 2017 at 9:13 pm

  • Uncle Doug, Jodi, Stephanie, Todd and Lorne and families,
    We are shocked and saddened to hear of Aunt Inez’s passing. We were lucky to have been able share a visit with her in September. Our thoughts are with you at this most difficult time. We are honoured to have been able to view and share such a moving farewell to a wonderful women.

    Condolence sent by: Doris and Barry Colson on February 10, 2017 at 12:22 pm

  • Doug and family
    Shirley and I were disappointed we could not, for health reasons, be with you to say farewell to Inez.
    WE so enjoyed our social bridge together and the chance to share life stories.
    She will be sadly missed.

    Condolence sent by: Gordon and Shirley Lewis on February 10, 2017 at 1:20 pm

  • Jodi & Neil, Stephanie & Lorne,
    John and I were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of your mother. Unfortunately we did not get the privilege of meeting Inez but a part of us feels like we knew her through the stories you have told us. It is difficult to lose a mother who was also your best friend but luckily you have so many memories to comfort you. ” Her life was a blessing, her memory a treasure, she was loved beyond words and missed beyond measure”. Please let your father know that our thoughts are with him. Love, Cheryl & John

    Condolence sent by: Cheryl Finley on February 12, 2017 at 11:35 am

  • Our deepest sympathy’s
    Inez was a wonderful lady and will be missed by all who knew her.

    Condolence sent by: John and Shelly Bretzer on February 14, 2017 at 9:14 am

  • To the Schmit and McPherson families.
    We offer our greatest condolences, with the passing of Inez. Her smile and laugh will always live on in our memories. Her countless hours with my mom, meant so much to us, that they could never be adequately acknowledged to their amazing value. With the two of them together again, heaven will be desperate for a new supply of chocolate, the Angel’s Bridge Club will have new champions, and the air will be filled with giggles and laughter like never before.

    Condolence sent by: Scott, Marnie, Adam and Hailey White on February 16, 2017 at 12:07 am

  • My sincere sympathy to you Doug and all the family, my sister Shirley and I had lunch with Inez in Kelowna a few years ago and she drove me to the airport, we had a great visit and renewed old acquaintances, she was a great person, warm and friendly, I had hoped to have more visits with her. With love and sincere sympathy, Cousin Inez Weberg

    Condolence sent by: Inez wweberg on February 26, 2017 at 9:58 am

  • Dear Doug,
    We just received an e-mail from Balvir who let us know that Inez passed away just last month.
    We are shocked and saddened and would like to extend our sincerest condolences to you and your family as your mourn your loss.

    We have lost two wonderful ladies (Rose & Inez) in the span of just a few short months and we know that together they are having coffee together and watching over all of us.

    Hope you are doing well despite the circumstances. Take care and God bless.

    Joan & Elmer Nykiforuk

    Condolence sent by: Joan & Elmer Nykiforuk on March 4, 2017 at 2:22 pm

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