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Barbara Smith

October 1, 1945 — June 18, 2024

Barbara Smith, a beloved resident of Chickamauga, GA, peacefully passed away on June 18, 2024, at the age of 78. Originally from Jacksonville, FL, Barbara found her heart in North Georgia, where she lived a life filled with love, faith, and cherished hobbies.

A devout Christian and member of the Baptist community, Barbara's life revolved around her family and her passions. She was a happy and loving grandmother who found immense joy in baking treats for her loved ones. Her home was a reflection of her creativity and warmth, beautifully adorned with decorations that sparkled most brightly during her favorite season, Christmas.

Barbara had a deep affinity for nature, particularly for Blue Birds and Cardinals, whose presence brought her great delight. Her adventurous spirit took her on many journeys, yet she found a special peace and serenity in the mountains and the breathtaking landscapes of Fall Creek Falls State Park.

Survived by her sons, Wesley Scott Chandler, Robert Ellis Chandler, and George Gregory Chandler, and their families. She was also survived by two loving sisters Jo Anne Parsons and Faye Andrews. Barbara leaves behind a legacy of love that extends to her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Among her closest companions were Ruth and Betty, whose friendship spanned an incredible 47 years and brought her immeasurable comfort and joy.

Barbara was preceded in death by her beloved spouse, Willard Smith, her father Sam Sims, and her mother Alice Smith. Her final arrangements were lovingly entrusted to Companion Funeral and Cremation Service, Chattanooga Chapel.

In remembrance of Barbara's life, her family will hold a private celebration of life in Fall of 2024, honoring the beautiful memories and the impact she had on all who were fortunate enough to know her. Barbara will be fondly remembered for her kindness, her unwavering faith, and the way she embraced each day with a contagious zest for life. Her legacy of love and warmth will forever live on in the hearts of those who were blessed to call her family and friends.

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