Barbara Smith McConnell

McConnell, Barbara Smith

Fort Collins, CO: Beloved mother, wife, "Grandma Goodness" and friend to so many whose lives she brightened, passed away very suddenly but peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Sunday, November 11th, 2012, at the age of 96 in Fort Collins Colorado where she had been a resident for the past 7 ½ years. Born Barbara Cornelia Smith, October 8, 1916, in Rochester, New York, she was the youngest of 4 children and a dearly cherished only daughter of Willard Jay and Grace Edith Smith. After attending West High School and Rochester Business Institute, Barbara married her love, Joseph William McConnell, Jr. on June 14, 1941. Joe and Barb enjoyed 64 years of marriage prior to his death in 2005 residing 48 years in Rochester, NY and 39 years in Centerville, OH, before moving to Fort Collins, Colorado in early 2005. They lived a full life together, loving many summers at their Conesus Lake cottage in the New York Finger Lakes, and traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Caribbean, and South America with favorite adventures to Greece, Machu Pichu, the Galapagos' Islands, and Alaska.

Mom absolutely treasured our family and is survived by her three adoring children, Joseph W. McConnell, III (Deborah), Sammamish, WA; Carol B. Karas (Peter), Libertyville, Ill; and Patricia M. Gannon (Robert), Fort Collins, CO. She was a devoted, proud "Grandma Goodness" to her five grandchildren, Joseph IV, Michelle, Peter (Tiffany), Jennifer (Ray), Jonathan (Laura) and step grandson, Derek. She was so delighted to also know her eight, soon to be nine, great grandchildren.

In addition to Mom's great enduring love of family, she enjoyed a lifetime of dearly devoted friends, was a lifelong storyteller, always had a wonderful joke to share, loved to laugh, had a quick wit, a twinkling smile and avidly wrote richly detailed, life stories which will long be treasured. She was fascinated with our family history and was so proud to make our ancestors come alive through her writing. Throughout her life Mom enjoyed arts and crafts becoming a proficient artist in many medium including copper enamel, watercolor, macramé, knitting, embroidery and sewing. She was an avid reader and a highly skilled bridge player. Dearly cherished pets always filled her life and there was no creature great or small that she didn't love. Mom was blessed to live a long, vibrant, engaged life, living every bit of her 96 years. She leaves a magnificent legacy, enriching the lives of all who knew her. She will be profoundly missed, but will forever be held dearly in the hearts of all that cherished this remarkably loving and deeply spiritual woman who guided our lives with her wit and wisdom for so many years.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, November 17, 2012, 11:00 am at Anthony Funeral Chapels, 2305 Monroe Ave., Rochester, New York followed by private interment at Mt Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Colorado State University, Animal Cancer Center P.O Box 1870, Fort Collins, CO 80522-1870, or online at http:// Family and friends are further invited to share their condolences at To share a memory of Barbara or send a condolence to the family visit,


Funeral Home

Anthony Funeral & Cremation Chapels
2305 Monroe Avenue Rochester, NY 14618

Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle from Nov. 15 to Nov. 16, 2012