Mount Vernon News
  • Barbara Whyte Smith

  • February 26, 2011

MOUNT VERNON — Barbara Barr Whyte Smith, 88, of Potwin Street, Mount Vernon, passed away Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.

She was born Nov. 17, 1922, in Mount Vernon to the late David and Mabel Whyte. Barbara graduated from Grove City High School in Pennsylvania and Katherine Gibbs School of New York City. She served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946. Barbara worked for Cooper-Bessemer Ind., Dr. James Kennedy and retired from Dr. Richard Smythe of Knox Surgical.

Barbara was a 60-plus year member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ where she played the organ and served as church librarian. She was a 65-year member of the Knox Chapter 236, Order of Eastern Star, where she served as Past Matron. Barbara served as recording secretary for the YMCA Board of Trustees and past president of the Knox Community Auxiliary.

She is survived by her daughter, Ellen (Paul) White of Mount Vernon; a grandson, Joshua (Susan) White of Mount Vernon; great-grandsons, Andrew White and Nolan White; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Smith; a brother, Ned Whyte; and a sister, Mary Benham.

A memorial service will be Saturday, March 5, at 2 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 200 N. Main St., Mount Vernon. The Rev. R. Keith Stuart, Ph.D., will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational United Church of Christ or the Mount Vernon YMCA.

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The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Barbara Barr Whyte Smith.

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