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Barbara Jean Smock

April 7, 1930 — April 7, 2020

Barbara Jean Smock, 90, of Grayling, passed away on April 7, 2020, her 90th birthday at Grayling Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Her children were allowed to see her before she passed.

She was born in Flint, Michigan on April 7, 1930 to the late Frank and Corinne (Decker) Schmidt. She married Robert Charles Smock on January 16, 1948. They had 57 wonderful years together before he preceded her in death in 2005. Barbara was a wonderful woman and was loved by all who met her. She had many hobbies and sold many of her hand crafted items. Barbara enjoyed selling her crafts at the craft show at the school for many years.  She crocheted blankets for everyone. You could always expect a blanket for a gift. She was in a sewing group with her friends and they met every week at a different home for lunch and to work on their personal projects. Barbara worked at Hunter's Dairy Bar while in her teens. After she was married, she worked summers at Bear Archery.

After her last child was born, she started babysitting, first her grandchildren and then word spread and many friends would call and ask her to watch their children. Sometimes Barbara would be sitting for two dozen children at a time. She probably helped raise half of Grayling. Barbara would do laundry for the National Guard when they were up in the summer. She washed and ironed many uniforms every summer.

After Bear Archery relocated to Florida, she worked as a cook at Crawford County Commission on Aging for a couple of years. Barbara was always busy.

Survived by her children: Robert Charles, Jr. (Mary) Smock; Jeanie (Kerry) Harwood; James Smock; Randy (Becky) Smock; Gail (John) Failing; and Joseph (Karyn) Smock. She was also blessed with 21 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great-granddaughter. Sisters; Peggy, Loreli, and Kay. Preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Beverly; sister, Phyllis, and brother Frankie.

A private graveside service was held with immediate family at Elmwood Cemetery. No public services are planned at this time. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.sorensonlockwood.com.

Arrangements by Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home.

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