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Hilda Eleanor Smith (nee Cotton)

Hilda Eleanor Smith (nee Cotton)

Passed on: December 24th, 2012

Formerly of Westmount, Quebec and then St. John’s NL, passed away peacefully in her sleep at the Glebe Centre, Ottawa on December 24, 2012 at the age of 100. She was born in Montreal July 20, 1912 to Charles MacKay Cotton, Q.C. and Harriet Serena Cotton (nee Hill). She is predeceased by her beloved husband Prof. Philip Durnford Pemberton Smith (Physics Dept., Memorial University) and by her sister Dorothy Harrison (nee Cotton) of Didsbury, AB. Surviving her are her son Stuart Durnford Smith (Gloria) of Dartmouth, NS; daughter Harriet Pemberton Smith (Filson Young) of Ottawa; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She held a B.A. from McGill University and worked as an allergy technician at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Hilda moved with her husband to St. John’s in 1962, where she completed an M.Sc. (Botany) at Memorial University with a thesis on the ecology of ponds, and worked as a botany lab instructor. Hilda was a feminist, an advocate of world peace and an active supporter of Project Ploughshares. She loved animals and received Canada’s 1992 Confederation Medal and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for her tireless work in support of animal welfare in Canada. For many years she volunteered with the St. John’s SPCA, where her motto was “Never give up.” The family thanks the staff of the Col. By Residence and of the Glebe Centre for providing care and comfort during her years in Ottawa. If you would like to make a memorial donation, please consider the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (www.cfhs.ca) or Project Ploughshares (www.ploughshares.ca). A memorial gathering will be held in Ottawa at a later date.


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