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Dusty, Mike, Laurie, Tim, Kim and Tony would like to say “not Goodbye but See you soon” to their Mother Barbara Straub

Barbara J. Straub, age 82, of White Cloud, passed away surrounded by her family on Sunday February 11th 2018 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.

The daughter of Oklin & Jessie (Simmons) Smith, she was born May 14, 1935 in Grand Rapids.

Barb was 82 years young and would often tell people she was not old. Most people she met would call her Ma or Grams. No matter which one you called her, a hug upon arrival and another when leaving was mandatory, and she made sure to get them both.

In her earlier years Barb worked at Pridgeon and Clay before retiring to her lake house in the country. She filled her retirement with camping, knitting, crocheting, watching MASH or reading V.C. Andrews novels.

Barb cherished the moments that she visited with her family and friends. She loved to know what was going on with everyone and wanted to make sure others were taken care of.  Barb loved to see pictures and would make room on her wall for each new one she received.

She will be greatly missed by those she touched throughout her many years.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Barb’s guestbook or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids. 


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  1. Joy Harris and family on February 12, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    To my gram in heaven you will always have a special place in my heart.You were my best friend and always there for me in hard times even when others were not.I could talk to you for hours sometimes about absolutely nothing,and I always felt better after our long talks.I will raise these kids with you always on my mind,we all love you very much and thanks for loving me.W with a heavy heart I say until we meet again!YOU ARE GREATLY MISSED!!!!

  2. Karen Smith on February 12, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Rest in peace and no more pain Aunt Barb. I am going to be missing you so much but know you are in loving arms now. Will miss our real early morning chats on messaged. Miss your humor, caring words, and missing you! Prayers to family in this time of sorrow. Cherish your memories!

  3. Tony and Bobbi Straub on February 12, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    You will always be in our hearts and you will be greatly missed. Your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have always been your treasure. You gave so much love and you loved so much without condition. Warmest welcome and the saddest good bye. Now you can be at peace and get lots of hugs from our lord. We love you so much and we will miss you!

  4. Sally Laperna Smith on February 13, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    Rest In Peace Aunt Barb,I’m sure my Mom was waiting with the biggest hug for you.i know we haven’t seen much of each other in the past years but you will always be in my heart. I’ll cherish all the childhood memories, sundays at Dumont Lake, picnic with the families and the crazy weekend sleepovers.our families were like one..May you watch over us and keep us all safe. Until we meet again

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