We Remember

SMITH, Valerie Dawn

Valerie Dawn Smith, 68, passed away peacefully to spirit, and much too soon, at the Kelowna Hospice on January 12, 2020, after a courageous 10-year fight with multiple myeloma.

Val’s intelligence, sharp wit, sense of humour, “zaniness” and brutal honesty will be greatly missed by all who knew her, especially her sisters, Wendy Nember (Roberto), Vicki Hughes (John), Deborah Batten (Andrew) and her brother, Michael Smith.  Valerie was predeceased by her mother, Thurza Smith (née Parker), her father, Douglas Smith, and brother-in-law, Andrew Batten.

For many years, Valerie was a fierce social activist. Her compassion, dedication and determination to help battle violence against women are detailed on her in-depth website,www.thefreeradical.ca, which continues to be used as reference materials for women’s study courses.

After fighting her cancer for 5 years, Val decided to move from Toronto to Kelowna, to be near the mountains and to hang with our sister Vicki. There will be a private family ceremony in Kelowna to sprinkle her ashes.

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