In Memory

Barbara Ellen Draper (Smith)

Barbara Ellen Draper (Smith)

Barbara Ellen (Draper) Smith, 67, of Port Huron, died Thursday, December 31, 2009 at home surrounded by her family.

She was born December 27, 1942 in Port Huron to the late Gordon and Mildred Draper and was a lifelong area resident. Mrs. Smith worked in the phone center at Home Depot.

She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church and enjoyed sewing, knitting, spending time with family and friends and being "Grandma".

She is survived by two children, Julie (Jeff) Scott and Scott (Nancy) Smith; four grandchildren, Tyler and Karissa Scott and Marissa and Garret Brenton. She was preceded in death by a brother, William Draper in 1976.

Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 in Pollock-Randall Funeral Home. A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday in Pollock-Randall Funeral Home. The Reverend Efren Godinez will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Dr. Hanna's Mission Fund or the Blue Water Humane Society. To send condolences, visit

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01/03/10 11:50 AM #1    

John Chidester

How sad the loss of our friend and classmate Barbara Ellen. I remember her as a sweet person and a friend. I lost track of Barb and we were trying hard to locate her in the closing months of 2009.
While we are celebrating our 50th Class Reunion, she will be among those who, with a heavy heart, we will honor and remember.

01/05/10 04:49 PM #2    

Milton W Bush

Barbara was in the fourth grade at Garfield when we moved from Military Street to LaSalle & Conger. She was a perpetual honor roll student. Always had her hand up to answer questions - competing with the dozen other hands up kids. The two fourth grade rooms were very overcrowded, about 34 kids each. Mrs. Jones and Mrs Ward. Not an inch to spare. 60 year old desks with pull-out book drawers; lift-tops with empty ink wells. Honor roll kids got to feed the newts and salamander once a week; crank the RCA Victrola player; and wash the blackboards (a treat?) By then, there were ball point pens and televisions - 3 channels.

Mixed in with this bunch were about 5 kids a room of special needs children, "disadvantaged" or undiagnosed. A huge problem for teachers. We had about 5 with nearly no reading or writing, and one who was nearly mute. She could print her name, and that was it. Looked like she had been locked in a closet for some years. Tragic. Our Mrs. Jones was tone deaf and could not carry a tune. Music time was a real pain. Barbara always read her reading book aloud, perfectly. And she could carry a tune just fine.

In junior high, I recall she was one of the softball pitchers, a lefty; and a good hitter. She had Latin with Miss Balgoolyan. Got an A, of course.

High School, was a National Honor Society member. Active in nearly everything.

In 1969, she was a teller at Michigan National Bank, main office, then asst. head teller. I would chat with her every Friday and she would give me a bunch of 20's for grocery money. Then, she was a few doors down at the drive in branch, so I went there too. The trust dept office was there also, and I was there nearly every day for meetings in back.

Heard she married a Smith, but don't know which one...? Heard she got de-married, but don't know about that either.

She was a very bright, cheery person, and ever so nice.

12/18/15 07:21 AM #3    

Christine Hamilton (Richmond)

Barbara was very sweet  and  very talented.

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