Dr. Marjorie Smith

Obituaries

It is with sadness that the family of Dr. Marjorie Smith announce her passing on Sept ember 26, 2018 after a brief illness.  Marjorie was born in Pictou to parents Bert A. and Julia Smith.  She was predeceased by her parents, her loving husband Dr. Kevin Smith, her sister Kathleen, her two brothers Harold and Lewis and her nieces Dr. Marjorie Ann Smith and Julie Moriarty.   She is survived by nieces Kathleen Smith (Les Foote), Patsy Landry (Robert), Helen Slaunwhite and Debbie Bray (Bill), and nephews Bert Smith (Maureen), Bill Smith (Wanda) and Lewis Smith as well as sister in law, Ruth Ryan. Marjorie attended Stella Maris School and then Pictou Academy where she graduated at the top of her class.  She then attended St. F.X. University graduating in 1947 with her BSC Honors Degree.  Marjorie, her mother and her sister Kathleen moved to Halifax where Marj completed her Master of Science from Dalhousie University in 1949.  She then entered medical school finishing her medical degree in 1954 as one of the five female students in the class. It was at medical school that, because of alphabetical seating, she met for the first time a young man from Cornerbrook Newfoundland named Kevin Smith.  Over the next four years there many gatherings with other med students at Marjorie’s family home where music and great food were shared. Marjorie and Kevin were married in 1955 and shared an intense commitment to their loving marriage, their practice of medicine and their many other interests for the next 47 years.  They began their practice in Spryfield and together they established the Spryfield Medical Centre where they continued to look after their patients until retirement in 1999. Marjorie made many house calls to every corner of the community and soon realized she needed her own car.  She purchased a pink thunderbird sporty car with white leather seats. When her patient’s family saw that vehicle approach, they knew that help was on the way. Marjorie served on many local and provincial boards including Pictou Academy, The Home of the Good Shepherd,  Blue Cross-Blue Shield, Family Practice Representative to the Medical Advisory Board of the I.W.K Hospital, several committees on the provincial medical board, and she and Kevin were founding members of the Halifax Chapter of the College of Family Practice. Among the interests Marj and Kevin shared were baseball and hockey both avidly and with knowledge.  They travelled to New York often to watch a ball game and also enjoy the Broadway shows.  They attended all the Halifax Moosehead games and Marj continued to have season seats after Kevin’s death.  The game of golf also gave them much pleasure and they loved their yearly trips to Longboat Key.  The Masters final always meant a get together with other Haligonian golfers.  Marj belonged to Ashburn Golf Club for fifty years and also enjoyed the Atlantic Ladies Gold Association for many years. Neptune Theatre, Symphony Nova Scotia and bridge were also important outings and enabled great contact with good friends. All things medical continued to be of great interest to Marjorie long after her retirement.  She read medical journals and was interested in any and all new advances in medicine. Marjorie will be greatly missed by her nieces and nephews and their families, she was interested and proud of each and every one and was grateful for their faithful and caring concern. Special thanks to friends Linda and Bill Ferguson.  Sadly missed by her loving dog, Katie. Dr. Marjorie Smith was a dedicated member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church for more than fifty years.  Her funeral mass was held at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1725 Oxford Street, on Monday, October 1st with Rev. Owen Connolly officiating.   Burial at Seaview Cemetery, Pictou NS has taken place.