Smith, Victoria

Victoria (Vicki) R. Smith

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister who passed away in the Saint Albert Community hospital on July 7, 2020.

Vicki was born on July 25, 1926 in Daysland, Alberta to Joe and Rose Miciak. She later moved to Edmonton, Alberta where she met her husband John Draginda and together they raised three sons while residing in Alberta, N.W.T and the Yukon Territory. In 1967 Vicki along with her three sons relocated back to Edmonton where she eventually met and married her second husband Jim Smith of Fort Saskatchewan. Vicki and Jim spent 40+ years together travelling to various parts of the world and being “snowbirds” in Mesa, Arizona.

Vicki will forever be in the hearts of her son Ross Draginda of Calgary, stepsons Greg Smith and Brent (Marianna) Smith and family of Edmonton, granddaughters, Lindsey van der Lee and Leanne Draginda both of Calgary, four great-grandsons also of Calgary, sisters, Louise (Vince) Holmes of Surrey, BC and Rose Toole of Whitehorse, Yukon.

She was predeceased by her husband Jim Smith, her parents Joe and Rose Miciak, two sons (Terry and Glen) an infant daughter Connie as well as five of her siblings, Joe, Mike, Louie, Ann and Helen.

At Vicki’s request, and in-part due to Covid-19, no formal service has held. However, a small private celebration of her life was held on July 24, 2020 at the cemetery in Fort, Saskatchewan, Alberta where she was interned along-side her husband Jim.

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Shelley (Fischer) Knapp

Sending my sincere condolences to Vicki’s family.

Although I don’t know you, my life has been filled with memories of Vicki and Jim, as part of my parent’s circle of friends and into adulthood, as cherished friends of mine.

As a child, having seen them out in their yard on 96 A Ave tending gardens when heading to or from school, to delivering papers when filling in for my brothers to the countless times they were at our place before going dancing with other Sherritt adults, playing cards, celebrations or just over for coffee and a good visit.

Bridge and Bingo were other activities that Vicki and my Mom were connected.

Stewart and I were also happy to connect with Vicki and Jim in AZ when we started our own adventures there. We ended up moving into Mesa Spirit RV Resort the final year they stayed there, having special times and card games of our own. Had been dubbed “The Kids” by the two of them.

Vicki had many talents and enjoyed sewing and showing off her projects, one of the last I remember was using up men’s ties.

I enjoyed keeping up with them over the years and most recently with Vicki as she stayed at Eaux Claire’s and had looked forward to speaking with her on her birthday in July.

She was truly a special person and will be remembered for her love of life and her smile.

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