Barbara Ann Smith, 83

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Barbara Ann Smith, 83, of Anacortes, Washington, passed away March 18, 2020 at St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham, Washington, of a blood infection.

Barbara was born in Butte, Montana, the first of three children born to Alvaretta (Hand) Conklin James and Earl Conklin Sr.

She grew up in Argenta, Montana, where she attended grade school in a one-room schoolhouse. She graduated from BCHS in 1955.

Shortly after graduation she married Alfred Smith and they traveled to Northern Idaho. Their plan was for Dad to work at the Sunshine Mine long enough to get a grubstake together and head for Alaska. Plans changed with the birth of their three children and they settled in the silver valley to raise their family, and Dad actually retired from the Sunshine Mine.

Mom was an amazing woman! Warm, loving, compassionate, stubborn, and a wonderful sense of humor. She was a great cook, loved trying new recipes and collecting. She was a talented seamstress and made most of my school dresses and her own clothing. She also knitted all of our hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and slippers. She did beautiful embroidery, needlepoint and crewel work. Her favorite pastime was reading and she was a voracious reader, any genre but preferred mysteries, and she also enjoyed crossword puzzles and cyphers. Mom was very proud or having been a postmistress at the Burke post office and was brokenhearted when it closed. She loved meeting and visiting with all of her “post office people.”

She was a loving and beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend. Mom believed God put her on this earth to be happy and she was! Some days more than others but she always found something to be happy about and grateful for.

Mom is preceded in death by her loving husband, Alfred Smith; parents, Alvaretta and Lee James and Earl Conklin Sr.; uncles William (Bill) and Horace (Booky) Hand.

She is survived by her children Tim and Melody Smith of Colville, Washington, Wendy Stephenson of Anacortes, Washington, and Wayne (Jeep) and Lonnie Smith of Mt. Vernon, Washington; grandchildren Rebecca Greer, Jeremy Dry, Chris (Cheryl) Smith, Mandy (Kevin) Lind, Trina (Jason) Bisaro, Chris Webb, Sarah, Crystal, and Sami Stephenson, Amber Wood, Stephanie (Chris) Johnston; four step-grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; brother Earl (Jean) Conklin Jr.; sister Darlene Rose; aunts Louise Shafer, Shirley Groff; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins, including a special double cousin Myrna Carpita. In addition to her large family she leaves many dear friends, especially my “big sister” Phyllis Keenan and her unofficial granddaughter Renee Potter.

A celebration of life is being tentatively planned for August 2020 in Dillon.