Barbara Friss Smith


Barbara Friss Smith, 86, of Ghent, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, Friday February 12, 2021.

Born November 8, 1934 in Hudson, NY, she was a lifelong resident of Columbia County in which she took great pride in reminiscing about events and stories. She will be greatly missed by many. Barbara was a life long member of the People’s Bible Church in Claverack. She will be remembered for her caring personality and for her compassion as demonstrated when she welcomed people into her home as a family care provider for over 19 years through ODHEC. She was an active member of the local family care chapter of ODHEC for over 10 years, serving as vice president. Family and friends will miss her zest for life, quick wit and hearty laugh, they will take comfort knowing that she is in heaven with her Lord and Savior and they will be reunited again.

Barbara is survived by her daughters, Maryellen, and Paula (Doug), brothers and sister Bobbie, Gary and Kathy, grandchildren, Monique (Pastor Paul), Dennis, Brittany (Justin), and Sabrina, 9 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren, along with many cousins, nieces and nephews. Barbara was predeceased by her husband William Smith, sisters Connie, Dolores, and Elaine.

Visitation hours at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home are Wednesday February 17, from 11:00am-1:00pm, followed by a funeral service at 1:00pm. Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Barbara are encouraged to be made to Capital City Rescue Mission or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

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