Nora Jean Smith-Pilkonis (née Hayes), passed away peacefully at her home in Enderby, BC,Thursday, April 9, 2020. She was born in Yelm, Wash., at the old homestead Jan. 31, 1945, to Gano Solomon Hayes and Elizabeth Anne Hayes (née Nasner). Nora graduated from Yelm High School in 1963, before marrying her first husband, (now deceased) Jerald W. Smith of Kellogg, Idaho.
She is survived by her five children, Bryan Smith of Mission, BC; Brenda Smith of Golden, BC; Cassandra Stadfeld of Enderby, BC; Mauri Ellingson of Okanogan, Wash., and Erin Smith of Golden, BC; their spouses; and her beloved 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Nora most enjoyed spending her time outside nurturing her garden and petting her cats. In winter she’d often be found engrossed in a fictional novel or playing crib and laughing with friends and family.
A celebration of life will be held at her home the third weekend in July 2020, (pending the United States border being opened). Those who knew her can gather, grieve, love and laugh at stories of her life…
Interment in the Golden Cemetery will follow at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local animal shelter or the SPCA.
Online condolences may be sent to Nora Jean’s family through her obituary at www.bowersfuneralserivce.com