BARBARA E. (SPAULDING) SMITH
LEWISTOWN MONTANA— Barbara E. (Spaulding) Smith, 71, of Lewistown, formerly of Carbon County, went to be with the Lord Sunday evening, July 9 in Billings Deaconess Hospital due to complications following open heart surgery.
She was born in Red Lodge on Oct. 19, 1928, a daughter of Arthur and Ruth Eckard, and was raised in the Belfry area where she met and married Lauren Spaulding. They lived in Scotch Coulee where they raised their nine children.
Barbara was a resident of Carbon County most of her life. She had lived in Texas for ten years, and has resided in Lewistown for the past ten years. She was a gypsy at heart and loved to travel. In May of 1975, she married Bill Smith of Decatur, Ill.; he died in 1980.
Barbara was employed as an LPN at Galen State Hospital, and later at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula and at a VA facility in Texas.
She will be missed by her family whom she dearly loved. The little ones brought her great joy, and she loved to sew and listen to old-time music. Her legacy to her family includes her great sense of humor, and teaching them to treat others as they would want to be treated. Barbara didn’t know a stranger.
Survivors include her nine children, Ruby (Harold) Anderson of Lewistown, Sylvia (Don) Woodhouse of Cassopolis, Mich., Kevin (Michele) Spaulding of Granite Bay, Calif., Helen (Casto) Pally of Carrollton, Texas, Lyle Spaulding of Belfry, Lois Brown of Laurel, Wrye Spaulding of Havre, Lloyd Spaulding of Lewistown, and Leabeth (Louis) Daviau of Missoula; one sister, Sybil (Bud) Keeler of Casper, Wyo.; two brothers, Franklin (Tina) Eckard of Billings and Jim (Sylvia) Eckard of Sierra Vista, Ariz., 20 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Sam (Dorothy) Spaulding of Belfry, and Kenneth Welch of Oceanside, Calif., two uncles, George Mills of Mesa, Ariz., and Willie Mills of Billings; one aunt, Leona Brown of Laurel; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Leon and Lester; a sister, Verna Monk, and her parents.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, July 14 in the Olcott Funeral Chapel in Red Lodge. Cremation will follow. Memorials may be given to the charity of one’s choice.
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