Barbara Ann Russell


Barbara Ann (Russell) Smith passed away peacefully in her sleep Dec. 30, 2021, at the age of 78 years and 4 months.
She is survived by her husband Kenneth, of almost 61 years; two sons, Micheal and Steven; one granddaughter, Samantha; six great-grandkids; two brothers, Melvin and Charles; and many other friends and relatives in Alaska, Arizona, and Oklahoma.
She loved family gatherings, dinners, and any get together to visit and check up on everything.
Her first job was with Jantzen Swimwear in Vancouver. Her job was in the export office, because she could type in Spanish. After her two sons got a little older she went to work at Sears parts department. She had such a good memory that the the Sears technicians would just come in and ask her for the part numbers, because she had almost all of them in her head.
She always loved to travel. Barbara and Ken would go on local excursions whenever they could. They made several trips to Ken’s hometown, Van Buren, MO. She liked flowers, gardening and really loved animals.
The World, and all of us, are better because she was here. She is missed, a lot, and loved forever.
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Published by The Columbian on Jan. 9, 2022.
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So sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. She was my second cousin and only 10 months younger than me--during our early years we spent a lot of time together and while we drifted apart in our adult years, my memories of her are the best. Through our public school years in Vancouver, we always attended the same schools and she was just one year behind me--we interfaced a lot. And my memories of her parents and family attending Thanksgiving dinners at my parents' house are still among my best memories of her. Blessings to Ken and all her children and grandchildren.
January 9, 2022
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