SmithReawebPeacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Sarnia on Thursday, January 2, 2014.  Born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, RIA SMITH (nee van Leeuwen), 68 years, of Petrolia. She was a loving wife of 52 years to Don C. Smith.  Ria will be missed by her children Rachel Smith and Jim Bell of Sarnia and Clayton Smith and Cheryle Maxwell of Corunna, her grandchildren Brayden Bell, Keegan Bell, Christopher Maxwell, and Jackie Smith.  She is also survived by her sisters Johanna (Jack) Dobbin of Petrolia, Frances (John) Ravenhorst of Petrolia, Jane (Donald J.) Smith of Toronto, and Elsie (Dave) Catton of Dresden and her brother’s Jip (Geerda) van Leeuwen of the Netherlands and John (Lil) van Leeuwen of Sarnia.  Visitors will be received Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Needham-Jay Funeral Home, Petrolia where a funeral service will be held Monday, January 6, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.  Rev. Dr. Robert Gibson officiating.  Interment in Hillsdale Cemetery.  As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to St. Joseph’s Hospice ( Memories and condolences may be shared on-line at

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