Tomorrow is the 100th Anniversary of the birth of my dear Mum. She has been gone for almost ten years and we will always miss her very much.
Doris Elizabeth Smeed was born in Walton on Thames, Surrey on 3 February 1919. Bet was the eldest child of Charles Smeed and Frances Tester Smeed. On 14 November 1942 she married Canadian soldier Charles Wesley Milne.
Bet and Charlie had two daughters. Jane was born in England and accompanied her war bride Mum to Canada in 1946. Elizabeth was born in Listowel in 1951. Bet and Charlie doted on their granddaughter, Vanessa, born in 1967.
Charlie died in 1971 and about ten years later Bet returned to England for almost twenty years. During that time she often spent the winter months in Almeria, Spain with daughter, Elizabeth, who resided there. In 2003 Bet returned to Canada, first to Toronto and then to Belleville. When Elizabeth returned to Canada and also settled in Belleville in 2005, Bet was happy to have her family close again.
In her last few years Bet’s mobility was limited and she lost her sight to macular degeneration. This meant she could no longer do her cryptic crosswords or read but she was able to listen to the tv and to her extensive Doris Day music collection.
On 3 February 2009 Bet celebrated her ninetieth birthday. She passed away on 14 September 2009.
Thinking of you on your 100th, Mum.