Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Barbara Jo Smith passed from this life on March 17, 2012, at the age of 78. She was born at Washburn, Mo., to Norma (Varner) Scott and Major Elliott Scott. On Sept. 24, 1982, her beloved husband, Blaine, left this life to live with the Lord at the age of 52. They had been married 31 years at the time. He and Barbara were married at a very young age as they had a "Love at first sight" love affair.

To this union was born their, son, David and their daughter, Deborah Ellen Gatwood. Both reside in Broken Arrow, Okla. Barbara considered their children to be the best and most loving gift that she could ever give her husband Blaine. They have tried to care for their Mother in a way that they feel their Dad would have wanted them to.

Barbara is also survived by two grandchildren, Jon Tyler (wife Sarah), of Fort Collins, Colo., and Deborah Michele Hatten (husband Jeff), of Jenks, Okla., along with two great grandsons, T.J. Cooks and Jacob Hatten, (Mannaw's Angels).

Also surviving is her daughter-in-law, Lori. As Barbara put it, when David married Lori, she became her second daughter. There are two surviving sisters, Ivanell Meek and her husband, Max, of Norman, Okla., and Fran Batson, of Sarcoxie, along with the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of both sisters. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Molly and Jim Smith, of Joplin, along with their children and grandchildren and a brother, Ferrell Scott, of Van Buren, Ark., who was just recently brought back into Barbara's life after 30 years.

Along with her husband Blaine, she was preceded in death by her mother, Norma Hilton and her father, Major Scott, her sister, Linda Woolstenhulme and her in-laws, Dr. Elburn and Elizabeth Smith.

She worked alongside Blaine in the various businesses that they chose, which included Mobile Home Sales, Commercial Construction and Oil and Gas Leases and Drilling. They had a very rare relationship in which they could work together and live together 24 hours a day with only an occasional disagreement.

She was a caregiver to her mother and her stepfather. She would tell you that God had given her a love for people. After a near death experience in January of 2006, she strongly felt that God had saved her for a specific reason and that it had something to do with her love for people.

Through the years, Barbara had various interests which included hunting and fishing with Blaine. She shot a 10-point Boone and Crockett Buck Deer on of those Colorado trips. She loved singing, jigsaw puzzles, flowers, babies, animals, anything with Bling, sending greeting cards to her friends, beautiful scenery, and most just spending time with her family.

Services will be held, 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 23, at Hayhurst Funeral Home Chapel in Broken Arrow, Okla. She will be laid to rest beside the love of her life at the Bethel Cemetery at Purdy, at 3 p.m. on March 23 under the direction of Hayhurst Funeral Home.