JESSIE JOANNE SMITH (nee Paishk-Bunting)

Shownoobinayziik, Moose Dodem
    It is with our deepest sadness that we announce the passing of our dearest beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, auntie, and friend, Jessie Joanne Smith.
    Jessie passed away peacefully on Monday, July 9, 2007 at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital in Kenora, Ont., with family by her side.
    Jessie was predeceased by her beloved husband, Albert Smith, whom she missed dearly; daughter, Allison Bunting; parents, Colin Sr. and Mary Jane Paishk; sister, Beatrice Paishk; brothers, Raymond, Marcel, Roland, and Colin Jr.; and nephew, Marcel Quewezance.
    Jessie will be sadly missed by her son, Barrett Bunting; daughter, Ramona (Ron) Bunting; granddaughters, Alyssa (Mizzen), Marcella (Craig), and Julianna Bunting; brother, Patrick (Wanda) Paishk; and sister, Colleen Paishk.
    She also is survived by her step-children, Glen (Joyce) Smith and children of Northwest Bay, Ont., Dalrey (Susan) Smith and children of Thunder Bay, Ont., and Evelyn Kingbird and family of Red Lake, Mn.; as well as nieces and nephews, Fitz (Verna), Jessica (James), Sonny (Jana), Colin Jamieson, Shelly Pahpasay, Baby Skylar Paishk, Candi Bunting, Darcy “Fergie” Quewezance, Shannon Hunter, Melissa (Walter) Kent, Gerald (Linda) Scott, Eric Bigblood, and Lonny Paishk.
    Also surviving are her special great-nieces and nephews, Dakota Raine, Shayna Kent-Jamieson, Jaymee, Brave and Prince Patrick Bunting.
    Jessie met her first husband, Gordon Bunting, in Whitedog and
this is where they made their home with their three children. Although their marriage was over, Gordon still remained a very close supportive family member to Jessie and the Paishk family.
    Jessie was a strong spiritual woman who followed the traditional way throughout her life. She had great respect to everyone she met and helped her people throughout their sicknesses.
    She would follow the pow-wow trail throughout the Treaty #3 area, as well as the United States. She used to enjoy watching her husband, Albert, and granddaughter, Alyssa, participate in the pow-wow circle.
    Jessie had many Bingo buddies in Fort Frances, Northwest Bay, and Whitedog. She loved attending talent shows, where she would sit and laugh with her friends.
    Jessie enjoyed the outdoors and spent many hours sewing. Most of all, she loved spending her time being with family, cooking traditional foods at family feasts, and especially spending a lot of time with her pride and joy, Leondre Bunting, her great-grandson.
    Jessie spent many years working and raising children at Whitedog’s Group Home. She was a gentle, compassionate caregiver who provided loving care to many foster children.
    She felt great pride when she saw many of them accomplishing their goals.
    She also worked with the Wilderness Camp and had worked for the Ontario Hydro project.
    The Paishk and Bunting families would like to send our deepest gratitude to Dr. Ramchandar, Maternity, 2nd East Nurses, Emergency Staff, Paramedics, Fire Department of Kenora, Neechee Friendship Centre Staff; Lucy, Martin, special people in Jessie’s life; sister-in-law, Wanda and special friend, Colleen Que, and all her friends for providing loving care and emergency calls that were responded to right away for Jessie.
    Thank you for being there for her.
    A wake service began on Thursday, July 12, 2007 at the Wabaseemoong Community Hall.
    Traditional funeral services will be held Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 1 p.m. with interment to follow.