Barbara Jean Duncan Lammers Smith
(sung to the tune of “John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt”
A small, private ceremony will be held graveside on Thursday, June 20th, for Barbara Jean Duncan Lammers Smith, 87, of Newark.
Family will be receiving friends at an open house Celebration of Life held on June 22nd from 2:00 – 6:00pm at the Newark Maennerchor, 195 Orchard Street.
Barbara passed away April 26th, 2019 at Licking Memorial Hospital. She was born April 1st, 1932 in Parma, Ohio to the late Donald McGregor and Alice Marie (Fifield) Duncan.
Barbara grew up in Alton, Illinois but moved to Newark after graduating from high school. She married her first husband, Louis H. Lammers Jr. in St. John’s United Church of Christ, where she remained a member for 69 years. They had three children and once they were all in school, Barbara served as PTA president at McGuffey Elementary. She was chosen “Mrs. Newark” in the 1962 city-wide contest for her delicious chocolate cake recipe and chicken and shrimp recipe. She was a very involved Den Mother for the Boy Scouts of her son’s troop.
In 1964, Barbara began her retail career at Sears, where she worked her way up from part-time employee to department manager. In 1975, she married her second husband, William E. Smith. They successfully blended their two families into one that could rival the Brady Bunch still today.
Upon retirement, she and her husband enjoyed traveling the country in their motor home participating in craft shows selling their handmade wood crafts under the name of Country Heart Crafts.
After the death of her second husband, Barbara went back to work part-time at Sears. She was also a member of the Newark Maennerchor where she was in charge of event decorating. She was able to spend much of her time enjoying her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, the true joys of her life. Barbara also continued traveling the country and took a bucket-list trip to France.
She will be missed greatly by all of her children, step-children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and all the people who were lucky enough to cross her path. She lived her life out loud.
She is survived by her son, Jeffrey (Vicki) Lammers of Granville; daughters, Laurie (Kirk) Homrighouse of Newark and Cristi (Irvin) Hunkler of Athens; step-daughters, Lisa (David) Kane of Newark, Kimberly Price-Sheehan of Columbus, Carole Coad of Johnstown; sister, Judith (Larry) Jones of Florida; grandchildren, Amber (Darby) Roberts, Park Johnston, Brittany (David) Goldsberry, Adam Lammers, Lucas (Keri) Hunkler, Emily (Marc Balaguer) Hunkler, Cassidi Hunkler, Megan Kane, Corey Kane, Nathaniel (Rachel) Price, Taylor (Cassie) Price, Jason (Karen) Coad, Michelle (David) Ables, Julie (John) Lyons, and Beth (Will) Groves; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Louis H. Lammers Jr., second husband, William E. Smith, brother, John “Jack” P. Duncan, daughter Wendy Sue Lammers, and great-grandson, Phoenix Lucas Hunkler.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John’s United Church of Christ.