Barbara L. Smyth
Barbara Louise White Smyth went to her Lord on Aug. 17, 2018. She was 81.
A San Antonio-area native, Barbara was born Sept. 7, 1936. She grew up in the Alamo Heights community north of downtown and graduated from high school in 1954. She earned a degree in English and history from Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas, in 1958.
Barbara married Lewis Miller Smyth III on Feb. 21, 1959, in San Antonio. They had two children, Kathleen Annette Smyth and Russell David Smyth.
After raising her children in Uvalde, Barbara returned to San Antonio, where she put her English degree to work grading achievement tests for schoolchildren.
Barbara loved people, animals, travel and God. She enjoyed visiting her many friends and relatives in San Antonio, Uvalde, Clifton, Floresville, Live Oak and other communities. One of her favorite pleasures in life was sipping iced coffee and chatting with a close friend. An avid UNO player, Barbara enjoyed almost 30 years of Saturday card games with her dear friends.
Once describing herself as the “old cat lady” of Alamo Heights, Barbara fed stray felines lucky enough to find her home near Broadway Street. She formerly volunteered for an animal-rescue group in Uvalde, and she enjoyed watching wildlife.
A devout Christian, Barbara worshipped at Highland Park Evangelical Lutheran Church in San Antonio. During her long life of prayer, she also worshipped at Methodist and Episcopalian churches in the San Antonio and Uvalde areas.
Autumn trips to see Colorado’s shimmering aspen trees delighted Barbara. She often talked about vacations to the Cripple Creek area with her longtime Uvalde friends, and she never forgot the black bear she saw darting out of a forest.
Barbara was especially close to her family. She loved her parents, sister and children dearly. For many years, Barbara lived just a block away from her aging mother and served as a caregiver.
Barbara passed away at her home close to Alamo Heights and the house in which she grew up.
Those preceding Barbara in death include her parents, Russell G. and Alta M. White; her grandnephew, W. Grant McLaughlin; her two “other mothers,” Charlotte and Helen Dawson; and former father-in-law Lewis M. Smyth Jr.
Survivors include Barbara’s daughter, Kathleen and husband Robert H. Merrill Jr., and son, Russell Smyth; sister Nancy White Benda and husband Donald, of Clifton, Texas; nieces Michele Migl and husband John, of Austin, Texas, and Leigh Ann James and husband Alan, of Round Rock, Texas; nephew Kevin McLaughlin and wife Tonya, of Houston; and seven great-nieces and great-nephews.
Other survivors include former husband Lewis M. Smyth III; nieces Shari Caton, Julie Miller and Shannon Brotherton; “nephew and second-son” David G. Smyth Jr.; and numerous extended family members.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at Highland Park Evangelical Lutheran Church, 705 Hammond Ave., San Antonio; at the intersection of Hammond and South New Braunfels avenues two blocks south of Interstate 10. For more directions, visit highlandparklutheran.com.
Per her wishes, Barbara’s remains will be scattered among her beloved aspen trees in Colorado. Donations in her memory can be made to any organization that benefits animals.
The preceding is a paid obituary.