Barbara Jeanne Lemon Smith
Barbara Jeanne Lemon Smith, 80, went to her heavenly home Thursday, July 16, 2020, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, after suffering a stroke July 9, 2020.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 24, at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Waterloo, with Chaplain Gordon Lewis officiating.
Barbara was born a "firecracker" July 4, 1940, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of John Henry and Edith Delores Sutton Lemon. She was christened Oct. 1, 1944, at St. John's Episcopal Church in Dubuque. Barb grew up in Waterloo attending Edison Elementary, Sloan Junior High and graduated from West High in 1958.
On Nov. 22, 1958, Barbara married Lee Edward Smith Jr. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Waterloo. She just lost Lee March 6, 2020. They had enjoyed 61 years together. They lived in Waterloo, Cedar Falls and moved to Vinton in 1966. After working for 30 years as Vinton's city clerk, Barb retired in 2000. She then helped Lee run Vinton Trophy and Awards until they sold the business.
Barb enjoyed reading, nature, fishing and bird watching. But spending time with family was her favorite pastime of all. Her laugh was contagious and she lived her life with a positive attitude.
Barbara is survived by her daughters, Cheri (Ken) Morrow of West Des Moines and Cyndee (Steve) Sinnott of LeRoy, Ill.; son, Mark (Lori) Smith of Vinton; grandchildren, Aaron (Lisa) Morrow, Eric (Kendra) Morrow, Cassie (Andrew) Mitchell, Chris (Crystal Reynolds) Sinnott, Cory Sinnott, Adam Smith and Mandy Kakac; 10 great-grandchildren (the "Littles"); and nieces, nephews and cousins.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lee; brothers, Robert, Herman, James and John Henry Jr. (in infancy) Lemon; and infant triplet grandsons, Nicholas, Rusty and Mitchell Smith.
A memorial fund has been established.
Even in death, Barb continued to be a "giving individual" as an eye donor.
VanSteenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home is caring for Barbara and her family. Condolences may be left at www.vsrfh.com.