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Barbara Jean Smith

December 24, 1944 — March 7, 2020

Barbara Jean Smith, 75, of Long Beach, Washington passed away on March 7th, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. She was born December 24th, 1944 in Aberdeen, Washington tp parents N. Jean Yarzombek and Fred VanEss. Barbara grew up in Aberdeen where she attended Aberdeen public schools until her tenth grade when she moved to Seattle and graduated from Ingraham High School.


Barbara married the love of her life (Big) Al Smith on September 28th, 1963 and started their first home in Carnation, Washington where their son Butch was born. In 1968 they moved to Long Beach from Westport where Barbara worked for Telephone Utilities and daughter Jeanette was born. In 1978 they moved to Ellensburg, Washington where she worked for the PUD and later opened Stagecoach Antiques. They then returned to the Peninsula in 1988 where she continued her business of Stagecoach Antiques, retiring in 2005.


Barbara was a former member of the Peninsula Saddle Club. She enjoyed to quilt, bake (she made the best pies in the world), watching and supporting her kids and grandkids sporting events (she never missed a game) and spending time with her grandkids and great grandkids who to them she was Grandma Barbie Doll.


She is preceded in death by her parents Jean (Paul) Yarzombek and Fred VanEss. She is survived by her husband Al Smith, son Butch (Terri) Smith, daughter Jeanette (Jon) Elkins, grandkids A.J. “Mooch” (Ariel) Smith, Jackie Smith, Ashley and Allison Elkins, great grandkids Peyton and Easton Smith, niece Kathy (Dave) Molesh, and sister-in-law Barbara (Larry) Sparks.


No public funeral at her request. Private family service only. Memorials may be made to the Ilwaco Sports Boosters. Her guestbook is available at

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