Helen Mackay-Smith



Helen (Sue), 87, of Merritt / Penticton, passed away peacefully, April 10, 2015 of complications with cancer. Helen was born in North Vancouver, April 3, 1928 to Lee and Grace Hatfield. She graduated from North Van High and later attended UBC and received a degree in Home Economics. She married and later divorced Robert (Bob) Mackay-Smith. Helen lived in many parts of the world including California, New York and Germany but lived most of her life in Summerland and Penticton. She will be remembered as a political activist who dedicated her life to social justice work both through her career as an educator and also through her work with the Anglican Church of Canada. Her most recent passion was around the Grandmothers for Africa and the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Sue was instrumental in organizing the Penticton group. Sue spent her years of retirement travelling the world for social justice work, education and pleasure and will be greatly missed by her Okanagan and Merritt families. She is survived by her son Alan (Karen); Grandchildren Matthew (Nicole), Kelsey, Amelia (Chad); sister Reta Coates. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. A Celebration of Sue’s Life will take place in Merritt on May 8th at 2:00PM with a memorial tea at St Michael’s Anglican Church and on May 9th at 2:00PM at the Naramata Community Church, 3rd & Robinson in Naramata.

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