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BARBARA J. SMITH
December 30, 1937 ~ August 14, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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Barbara J. Inman Smith was born in San Antonio, Texas on December 30, 1937, to Madge and Lewis Inman. She was the middle child to this union.
From grade school through high school, she attended and graduated from St. Peter Claver School before attending Incarnate Word College for two years.
For five years, Barbara worked at Kelly Air Force Base's Officer Day Care Center, working alongside her mother who was the Director of Operations. From there, she worked 19 years for the Baptist Memorial Hospital System at the Southeast campus. Nine of those years were in Central Supply, where she earned Employee of the Month honors, and the last ten years were at the Employee Daycare Home Health Care where she devoted her time to the daycare for the children of employees at the Baptist.
She later dedicated her time, focus, and life to elder care through private service.
On August 16, 1957, Barbara was united in marriage to the love of her life, John David Smith, a love which outlived his February 26, 2007, death. Their union was blessed with three children: David, August, and Paula.
Barbara was a member of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church prior to becoming a faithful member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in 1978 where she was also a dutiful servant of the Sister to Sister Nutrition Program.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her older sister Ruth Delores Brown; her younger brother Louis Inman Jr; and her husband, John.
She leaves to mourn her son, David Bryant Smith (Eric); her daughters August Anita Mathews (Kevin) and Paula Jean Craig (Johnnie); grandchildren; Michael McCain (Richina), Anita Smith-Hamlin (Keith), Unique McCain, and Johnathan Craig; three great grandchildren, Stephen Allen McCain, Kelis Ava Hamlin, and Jayla Craig; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.
Barbara's message of life was, "To my family I gave you all my love and all I have and had and in return you gave me more in happiness. That was my gift from God, a wonderful family. But now, it is time to let me go. I have finally made it to my final home with the Lord."