Ella Gladys HENNIE

Female 1930 - 2012


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  • Name  Ella Gladys HENNIE 
    Born  13 Jan 1930  Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Buried  Sep 2012  Rockford Community Cemetery, Rockford, Sask. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died  23 Sep 2012  Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I35  Pte. George H. Smith & Pte. Alfred Hardy Smith Family
    Last Modified  22 Jan 2013 

    Father  William HENNIE,   b. 04 Aug 1905, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jul 1994, Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Martha FECHO,   b. 29 Jan 1905, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1965, Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F14  Group Sheet

    Family  James Albert SMITH,   b. 20 Jul 1931, Fort William, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Mar 1998 
    Children 
     1. James Boyd SMITH
     2. Roberta Jane SMITH
     3. Cindy Ella SMITH
    Family ID  F13  Group Sheet

  • Genealogical Notes 
    • Obituary
      The family of Ella Gladys Smith (nee Hennie) of Endeavour, SK are grieved to
      announce her passing from this world on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at Regina
      General Hospital. Ella was born in Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan on January 13th,
      1930 to Martha and William Hennie.
      She and her 6 siblings enjoyed small town prairie life with many adventures on the
      farm and in the community. Ella and her family were members of the Lutheran
      Church where she attended Sunday school. As a teenager she was a Luther Leaguer
      attending a national conference which she spoke of many times. Ella finished her
      Grade 12 in Yellow Grass graduating with a high academic standing despite the
      fact that when she started school she spoke only German.
      After Graduation, Ella became a telephone switchboard operator for Saskatchewan
      Government Telephones working in Weyburn, Moose Jaw and Estevan. She and
      her co-workers often dated the local Mounties, which is how she came to fall in
      love with her husband Cst. James A. Smith of Fort William, Ontario. Ella was
      confirmed and married in the Anglican Church.
      Together Jim and Ella had three children: James Boyd, Roberta Jane and Cindy
      Ella. Ella enjoyed the life of an RCMP wife for Jim's 21 years of service in
      Torquay, Moose Jaw, Lanigan, Wadena and Moosomin. Jim and Ella lived in
      RCMP detachments for these years. She was an immaculate homemaker, a
      proficient entertainer, and often served as a prison matron for female prisoners.
      She loved to reminisce about the many Mounties she served morning coffee to over
      the years. While keeping the quarters immaculate enough to withstand surprise
      inspections she also managed to raise 3 children, cook and bake fantastic foods,
      sew clothing for the family, iron uniforms, play bridge and participate in Kinettes.
      One of her favourite accomplishments was the establishment of a playschool in
      Wadena. Jim and Ella enjoyed the outdoors and spent much time hunting, fishing
      and hiking first from a camper trailer, then later at their cabin at Fishing Lake and
      finally at their recreational land which they named the Hind Quarters.
      After leaving the force Jim and Ella purchased and operated the Lucky Dollar Store
      in Endeavour for 23 years. Ella loved the store and felt fulfilled by the challenges
      and hard work involved in the business. She made many close friends through her
      contact with local people. Ella served on the board of the Parkland community
      college for a number of years during this time. When Jim and Ella sold the store
      they retired to a beautiful home in Endeavour. Unfortunately their life in their new
      home was cut short by Jim's death in 1998. Ella missed him very much. A close
      family friend, Cliff Wiens, began to spend time with Ella, and they had a loving
      relationship for several years until Cliff's death.
      Ella was a creative, intelligent, spiritual and fun-loving person. Her many crafts
      and creations adorned her beautiful home. She was the original "Martha
      Stewart". She embraced computer technology and began to publish her own
      cookbook which she shared with friends and family. She also used her talents for
      her church serving on the ACW and the Parish Council as well as participating in
      the choir and lay ministry. Ella loved to play scrabble and used her computer to
      play online as well as waxing her face-to-face opponents whenever she had the
      chance. She shared many scrabble visits with her sisters and sisters-in-law where
      they played scrabble from dawn to dusk and into the night. She also enjoyed many
      hours of Canasta with her dear friends from Endeavour. They sometimes called
      themselves "The Golden Girls". Ella also loved the social life she enjoyed at theSeniors' Club in Endeavour. Ella was always very proper and presented herself
      with grace and class, but she loved to shock everyone with occasional raw
      language or humor, laughing at their reactions.
      Ella is survived by her children James Boyd Smith (Denise) of Prince Albert,SK,
      Roberta Jane Luchinski (Lorne) of Tobin Lake, SK and Cindy Ella Smith (Leonard
      Puchala) of Yorkton, SK; her Grandchildren Elsa (Luchinski) and Travis Borsa of
      Carrot River, SK, Nathan Luchinski of Tobin Lake, SK, and Hillary Luchinski of
      Tobin Lake, SK, Carlie Smith of Prince Albert, Kale Smith of Prince Albert, SK;
      her grandchildren Chassidy (Puchala) and Dawson Carruthers of Martensville, SK,
      and Chelsey Puchala of Regina, SK; and great-grandchildren Stella Borsa and
      Corbett Borsa; her brothers and sisters Art (Dorothy)Hennie, and Myrna (John)
      McIver all of Yellow Grass, SK, Sam (Eileen) Hennie of Pangman, SK, Helen
      Scurfield of Vancouver, BC, and Earl (Sharon) Hennie of Regina, SK, and her
      brothers and sisters-in-law Joanne (Walter) Hennie of Weyburn, SK, Mina Martin
      of Regina, SK, Joan (Robert) Knott of Mississauga, ON, and Boyd Smith, of
      Thunder Bay, ON as well as many nieces and nephews.
      Ella is predeceased by her parents Martha (Fecho) and William Hennie, her brother
      Walter Hennie all of Yellow Grass, SK, her husband James Albert Smith, her
      Grandson Lucas Puchala of Yorkton, SK and her dear friend Cliff Wiens of Leroy,
      SK as well as her Mother and Father in-law Esther and Albert Smith of Thunder
      Bay, ON and sister-in-law Marion Smith of Thunder Bay, ON.
      The family is very grateful to the Preeceville Health Centre and the Regina General
      Hospital ICU and 3F units for the excellent care they provided during Ella's
      illness.
      Ella will be laid to rest by her husband in the Rockford Community Cemetary in
      Rockford, SK. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Preeceville
      Funeral Home with Rev. Quenton Little officiating. Memorial donations may be
      made to the Preeceville Hospital Auxiliary.
      Ella died peacefully in the knowledge of her salvation through Christ. Thank you
      to all who participated in her life.


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