Barbara Jean Smith


Barbara Jean Smith Obituary
Barbara passed away after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's. She was born in Rigby, Idaho to Lonn & Mabel Eddins. Her mother passed away when she was eight years old. She worked on the family farm and did everything from milking cows by hand to taking care of her younger brother and her father.
After her father remarried she went to live with her grandmother and worked in the potato houses and
had to quit school after the ninth grade to work full-time.
In 1957 she married her husband and began a journey going across the United States wherever a pipeline job was available: West Virginia, Indiana, and Michigan. During this cross-country journey, her daughter Debra was born in Lebanon PA. Their work finally brought them to Concord California where Glenda was born in 1964 and Reid set up a division for ARB. They lived there for 10 years. In 1973 they moved to their present home in Bakersfield as Reid was
promoted to president of the company.
Following his retirement they purchased a second home in Idaho enjoying family, golfing, fishing, and traveling. Their travels included the Panama Canal, the Amazon River, New Zealand, and Australia with their good friends Jack and Bonnie Zimmerman.
Many Thanksgivings were spent with the whole family fishing, playing in the sand dunes, jet skiing, and going on cruises to Mexico or vacations in Hawaii - always with the whole family.
They were married for time and all eternity in the Los Angeles Temple and were very active in the LDS faith.
She is survived by her husband Reid, daughters Debra (and Brad Killmer Bellingham, WA) and Glenda James (Bakersfield, CA), Grandchildren: Ron and Jennifer Killmer (Bakersfield, CA), Chris and Alyssa Killmer (Seattle, WA), Mary Killmer (Sandy, UT), Lindsey and David Bunting (Bakersfield, CA), Chelsea and Brian Hutson (Castaic, CA), brother-in-law Vernon Cook (Echo, OR), sister-in-law Maureen & David Thurston (Rigby, ID), sister-in-law Onda Smith (Ririe, ID), sister-in-law Sondra Smith (Idaho Falls, ID), sister Shirlene Summers (Ririe, Idaho), brother Ace Eddins (Montaview, ID), and eight great-grandchildren: Michael, Emma, & Brock Killmer, Sarah, Lincoln, & Max Bunting, and Brodie and Wyatt Hutson.
A special thanks to Hoffman Hospice and her caregiver Laura. In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to Hoffman Hospice. Services to be held Wednesday March 11, 2015 Viewing from 10:00 to 10:45 Services at 11:00 LDS Church at 316 A Street, Bakersfield, CA
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Published in Bakersfield Californian from Mar. 8 to Mar. 10, 2015
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