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Cornelia van Boxtel

August 4, 2021


VAN BOXTEL, Cornelia Maria

August 29, 1939 – August 4, 2021

It is with great sadness that the family of Cornelia “Corrie” van Boxtel of Smith, Alberta

announce her sudden passing at home at the age of 81 years.

She is survived by daughters: Angie (Ron), Lucy, Corina (Boyde); son, Francis; grandchildren:

Mikal (Kim), Taylor, Tara (Stephane), Dustin, Dayna (Lucas), Kyla, Nikolas, and Kassidy; great-

grandchildren: Tony, Grayson, Drey, Koen, and Mika; brother, Kees; sisters: Mien (Sjaak), Dinie,

Annie (Frans), and Toos (Leo).

She was predeceased by her husband, Antonius: her son, Anthony; son-in-law, Tony; brother-in-

law, Jo; and parents, Antoon and Cornelia.

Corrie and her family moved to the Otter Creek area in 1967. There was plenty of hard work on

the farm, especially in the early years, with five small children, and a husband who often worked

away from home. There were cows to milk, pigs to feed, crops to harvest and many other chores

to tackle. Life in Canada was quite different from the Netherlands where she grew up, but she

never regretted her decision to make a life here.

Corrie loved taking care of her vegetable and flower gardens. She enjoyed sewing, baking, a good

cup of coffee, and her grandchildren - who have many memories of special times spent with their

“Oma”. There was always plenty of conversation, good food and laughter around her family

table. She looked forward to visits from overseas relatives and loved traveling around Alberta,

BC, Montana and the Yukon with them. She was always willing to help people and was a long-

time volunteer bookkeeper and timekeeper for the Traildusters Horse Club.

Corrie was very particular in everything she did, and liked things organized. She always knew the

current weather forecast, always had a “to do” list and could find humour in life’s situations. She

had a practical outlook on life and often said, “You only live once, so make the best of it!” She

will be greatly missed.

As per her wishes, there will be no funeral. There will be a private family inurnment at the Smith

Community Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Alberta & NWT, 100-119

14 Street NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1Z6 or at, or to the Spiral of Life Cancer Support Group, Box 385, Smith, AB T0G 2B0. 

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