Barbara Jean Smith Hall
September 6, 1926- April 4, 2013
Last Thursday, my dear grandma passed away. She was a spunky, feisty woman with a witty sense of humor. Despite her health challenges, she still had a positive attitude. She loved her family with everything she had and loved to keep in touch with her children and grandchildren through phone calls and text messages. She was independent and even stubborn and I think it's safe to say that I got my stubbornness from her. I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing.
I have fond memories of visiting Grandma and Grandpa. When I was little, I remember going to their house in California. I loved swimming in their pool and going to Disneyland. I remember "camping out" with all of my girl cousins in their living room while all the boy cousins slept outside during family reunions at their house. As I grew older, I loved to hear stories about when Grandma and Grandpa were young kids.
Unfortunately, I was not able to see my grandma very often because of the distance but I loved every visit. On my last visit, last July, I would keep my grandma company as she told me stories about her days as a junior air raid warden during World War II and the things she liked to do when she was a young girl.
Although it's a relief that she doesn't has to suffer anymore, she will be missed. But I know she is in a better place now, reunited with her husband, who passed away six months ago. I am so grateful to be her granddaughter. She will always be remembered.