Rosina Pentland-Smith Wood, 78, of Quesnel B.C. passed away on July 11, 2022 after a spirited battle with pancreatic cancer.
Rosina was born on Feb 2, 1944 to Robert Robertson and Jessie Morrison in Vancouver. She spent her childhood living in Hixon B.C., and after graduating from high school in Prince George, Rosina went on to study at St. Paul’s Nursing School in Vancouver, graduating at just 21 years of age.
She started her nursing career in 1965, and took time away to raise her daughter Seonaid, who arrived in 1969. Rosina moved to Quesnel in 1983 and was a nurse at GR Baker Memorial Hospital for more than seven years before establishing her own business as a Foot Care Nurse.
In 1988, Rosina met William Wood and the two were married in 1990. They were married at St. John the Divine Anglican Church; Rosina’s daughter Seonaid was the maid of honour and William’s son Matthew was the best man. For the next 13 years, the two shared many vacations and life experiences, and created happy memories until William’s death in 2003.
Rosina was a passionate community volunteer, giving her time and experience to a number of causes, especially those related to the church, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Food Bank, adult literacy, and a variety of seniors’ support services. She is fondly remembered for her annual appearances as Mrs. Claus at many a community event. She also enjoyed playing with the Quesnel Bell Ringers and was an avid knitter, sewer and crocheter, creating many sets of Christmas pyjamas or graduation blankets for the children in her life. We will miss Rosina greatly.
Rosina is survived by her daughter Seonaid Ward and husband Todd, step-son Matthew Wood and wife Christina, grandchildren Alex, Vivian and Valerie, and sister Anne McNabb. She is also survived by her “unbiological” family Michael and Melanie McKinnon and their daughters Rachel and Nora, and her Goddaughter Patricia Clinton.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Diabetes Canada. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on July 21, 2022 at St. John the Divine Anglican Church, Quesnel B.C. A tea and reception will follow at the church hall.