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Betty Jane (Smith) Smith

January 24, 1936 — November 19, 2020



Betty “Barby” Jane (Smith) Smith

A Faithful Servant of God -

Betty “Barby” Jane (Smith) Smith, age 84, of Mechanicsburg, entered into her new life on Thursday, November 19, 2020, where she is now singing and dancing, with celebration, as she was welcomed into the arms of the Lord.  Betty Barb, as she was often called, was born in the hills of Whitesville, West Virginia on Friday, January 24, 1936 to the late Clyde Edwen Smith and Ruby Mae (Jarrell) Smith.  In addition to her parents, Barb is preceded in death by her brother and two sisters.

She will always be lovingly remembered by her husband, Robert E. Smith, Sr., with whom she recently celebrated 67 wonderful years of marriage; her two sons: Robert E. Smith, Jr. and wife Debi of Carlisle, William F. Smith and wife Wendy of Mechanicsburg; her three daughters: Deborah Rees and husband Randy of Cabool, MO, Sharon Nelson and husband Mark of Mechanicsburg, Lori A. Himes of East Berlin, PA.  Barby, the ultimate mother to all, always cherished her time with her family.  She adored her 17 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.  Barb is also survived by her three brothers: Edgel Smith of Antioch, CA, Walter Smith of Portland, OR, Larry Smith of Hickory, NC; and many nieces and nephews.

Betty Barb touched many lives in carrying out her calling to serve the Lord. She was an active member of the Mechanicsburg First Church of God for over 60 years.  Barb, always young at heart, especially enjoyed sharing the word of God with children while teaching Monday Night Bible School for more than 40 years.  Barb loved to sing praise to the Lord as a member of the church choir both at church and throughout local community nursing facilities.  She received great pleasure volunteering to serve others on the Church of God Council, at Camp YoliJwa and Seidle Memorial Hospital.  “Barby”, “Betty”, “Betty Barb”, “Betty Jane”, “Bobby Jane”, “Mom”, “Grandma”, was loved by all who knew her.  God has lost a most faithful servant on earth, yet gained the most wonderful angel in Heaven.  She is now singing his praises in our hearts forever.  All that knew Barb will always be blessed by how she touched our lives.  Betty Barb is truly at peace with the Lord.

All are welcome to join Betty Jane’s family on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 for her in-person viewing from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory, 37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, or via video chat or telephone, for her virtual gathering and viewing at 12:15 p.m., where friends and family are also invited to Barby’s virtual celebration of life service beginning at 12:45 p.m.; with Reverend Glen Osborn officiating.  Burial in Mechanicsburg Cemetery will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Contributions in celebration of Betty’s life can be made to Mechanicsburg First Church of God, 28 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, 2595 Interstate Drive, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110,

Betty Jane’s family has entrusted her care to Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  Read Barby’s full obituary, view her memorial video and portrait, offer condolences and sympathy, share stories and memories, upload photographs and videos, light a candle and sign her official guest book by visiting


Virtual Gathering via Video Chat

Family and friends are welcome to join Barby's family via video chat or telephone on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, beginning at approximately 12:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

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