BENJAMIN-SMITH,Kelly0000001AAfter a short but very courageous battle with cancer Kelly, 51, passed peacefully on Sunday, October 13, 2013.    Everyone who met Kelly knew her kindness, caring and love of life as well as her dedication as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and educator.  Rejoicing in Kelly’s life yet mourning her death is her new husband and best friend Rick Smith, her two proudest accomplishments – daughter Tara (Chris) and son Bobby Pinnell, Rick’s children Leslie and Jeff Smith, parents Ken and InaBelle Benjamin, sister Luanne (Kevin) McCarthy, brothers Jay, Guy and Cole Benjamin, nieces Cassie and Reagan, nephews Kyle and Weston and too many beloved friends to mention.   A special heartfelt thank you to Dr. Dostaler and her team of wonderful nurses and staff at Bluewater Health Palliative Care unit and the “G” Radiology team and Dr. Fred Sexton of the London Regional Cancer Centre.  There are no words to thank each of you enough.  Kelly loved her teaching career; first as a classroom teacher in Windsor then as a vice principal in Sarnia at P.E. McGibbon.  Kelly was so looking forward to being at her new school Lansdowne this September.  Kelly loved cycling with Rick and friends, teaching Zumba, running and walking along the beach; each sunset was special to her.  Kelly, Rick, Tara and Bobby participated in the Terry Fox Run to beat cancer on September 15th.   Donations to the Terry Fox Foundation or donations to an animal shelter/SPCA  of your choice would be appreciated as Kelly was an animal lover, especially her cat Gracie.
A celebration of Kelly’s life will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Riding Club, 980 Riding Club Lane, off Lakeshore Rd., Sarnia, from noon to 5:00 p.m. with tributes to Kelly at 1:00 p.m.  All friends and family please join us in celebrating our amazing KellyMemories and condolences may be sent online at

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