Barbara Jean Smith, 1935-2013


aunt barbara and mom

Barbara Jean Smith passed away peacefully, December 10, 2013, following a short illness. At 81, she was the eldest child born to Jack and Leola (Hufford) Olivera, February 14, 1932 in Rohnerville.

I knew her best as Aunt Barbara.

She is preceded in death by three of her siblings, Gary, Leora, and Margery, with Leona Luiz of Fortuna surviving. She also leaves behind in-laws Orville (better known as Ozzie) and JoAnn Smith as well as Albert Mendes. all of Fortuna.

Barbara graduated Fortuna High School in 1950 and in December of the same year married Adam Duncan Smith. Together they had five children; Dan Smith, Bonanza, Oregon; Pam Nickols (Mike) Talkeetna, Alaska; Kathy Frye (David) Zenia; Gary Smith (Janice) Palo Cedro; Steve Smith (Debbie) Mad River.

She also leaves behind numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. Aunt Barbara is to be interred at Ocean View Cemetery in Eureka.

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