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Obituary: Barbara McKay Smith

Published: Thursday, June 16 2005 1:20 p.m. MDT

Barbara McKay Smith 1920 ~ 2005 Barbara McKay Smith, 84, died June 13, 2005 at home in Provo. She was born in Ogden, Utah, October 2, 1920 to Thomas E. McKay and Fawn Brimhall McKay. She grew up in Huntsville, Utah and attended Weber High School in Ogden, later graduating from B.Y. High School after spending two years in Switzerland where her father was Mission President. While attending Brigham Young University, Barbara married Dr. Oliver R. Smith who was a Journalism Professor. Mrs. Smith worked for several businesses in the Provo area; Taylor Brothers Department Store, Rowley's, Melayne Printers, and two U.S. Government Census positions. Later she joined the staff at Utah Technical College (now UVSC), retiring in 1985 as Assistant Dean of Continuing Education. Mrs. Smith was well known among Provo City employees, having served five years on the Provo City Planning Commission and for seven years on the Board of Adjustments. With this background, she successfully ran for a seat on the Provo City Council in 1987, serving for four years. While her husband was active in the Air Force Reserve, she was active in the auxiliary. She was a member for many years of the Beta Sorosis Literary Club, BYU Women, the Republican Party and many PTA organizations while her children were attending school. She was preceded in death by her husband in December, 1990, and also by two sisters, Fawn McKay Brodie and Flora McKay Jensen Crawford, and a brother, Thomas Brimhall McKay. She is survived by eight children, 53 grandchildren, and 77 great-grandchildren. Barbara and Oliver had five daughters and three sons, Barbara Kay Rytting (J. Howard Rytting) of Lawrence, Kansas; Olivia Lea Baird (Charles A. Baird) of Lehi; Kenneth McKay Smith (JoAnne King) of Mesa, Arizona; Ronald McKay Smith (Colleen Johnson) of Orem; Rebecca Snyder (Richard L. Snyder) of Tillamook, Oregon; Deborah Annis of Provo; Dorothy Gillespie (John K. Gillespie) of Orem; and Richard McKay Smith (Cindy Naylor) of North Salt Lake. She is also survived by a sister, Louise McKay Card, Salt Lake City, and numerous nieces and nephews who were always considered part of the family. The family gives special thanks to granddaughter Joanna Snyder for providing tender, competent care to Grandma Smith during her final years. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 18 at 10:00 a.m. at the BYU Harman Conference Center in Provo, 770 East University Parkway, just west of 9th East (park on west side of building). Friends may visit with the family Friday evening between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. at Berg Mortuary, 185 East Center Street, Provo. Interment will be at the Provo City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Barbara requested a charitable donation to the Provo City Library, the Primary Children's Medical Center, or the UVSC scholarship fund.

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