Age 81 went home to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on August 5, 2011 in Lansing. She was born December 14, 1929 in Lansing to John & Nellie Zerkle.
She was a member of Emanuel First Evangelical Lutheran Church and loved spending time reading her Bible. Barbara enjoyed recalling her childhood on the family farm in Angola, IN; and as an adult became very devoted to her children.
She is survived by her children: David (Lisa) Smith, Randy (Natalie) Smith, Roger (Cheryl) Smith, Craig (Colleen) Smith, and Cindy (Ron) Masalkoski; grandchildren: Melinda, Pamela, Scott, Kristin, Jennifer, Rebecca, Joshua, Ashley, Kyle, Meagan, Jason, Adam, and Sarah; great grandchildren: Alex, Christopher, Isabella, Joshua, Trevor, Skyler, and Chloe.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Edward E. Smith in 1990, brothers Bill and Ward, and a sister Nancy Fuller.
The funeral service for Barbara A. Smith will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at Emanuel First Evangelical Lutheran Church 1001 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing with the Rev. Paul J. Lindloff officiating, interment will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m., Sunday, August 7, 2011 at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel 2121 N. Cedar St., Holt, MI, and also one hour prior to service time at the church on Tuesday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.