Barbara M. Smyth (Blair) “Geese”, 86, a long-time resident of Keene and formerly of Massachusetts died on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene. She passed peacefully after a period of declining health with her family at her side.
She was born on March 4, 1933 in Northbridge, Massachusetts, the daughter of James and Rose (Duquette) Blair. She was a 1951 graduate of Northbridge High School.
On January 17, 1953 Barbara married Gordon H. Smyth, Sr. Sadly, Gordon passed on April 26, 2015 after sixty-two years of marriage.
Barbara’s favorite vacation destination was York Beach in Maine where she spent time each summer with her family. She enjoyed bowling, playing bridge and participated in civic groups such as Welcome Wagon and the Emblem Club for many years.
Barbara worked as a Sales Person for Izzy Borofsky at his stores for many years and retired from Monadnock Flooring after twenty years of service.
Barbara is survived by her children; Gordon H. Smyth Jr. of Swanzey, Kim Watterson and her husband Brian of Belmont, Cynthia S. Symonds of Keene and Katherine R. Tommila and her husband Cory of Swanzey. Her siblings; Frances Joeschke of Texas, Louise Roy of Massachusetts, Donald Blair and his wife Phyllis of North Carolina. In addition, she leaves nine grandchildren; Jennifer, Kristy, Stephen Jr. Janelle, Ingrid, Lucas, Samantha, Zachary and Matthew. Her eight great grandchildren; Jaydah, Emily, Avajean, Lucy, Mackenzie, Lincoln, Adalynne and Delaney. She will also be missed by cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Barbara is pre-deceased by her son in-law, Stephen Symonds Sr. who passed on January 18, 2018.
In keeping with Barbara’s wishes there are no calling hours. A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, May 31, 2019 at 11a.m. in the United Church of Christ Church, 23 Central Square, Keene, NH. Burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in memory of Barbara M. Smyth to: United Church of Christ in Keene. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com