Barbara Smith

Barbara Ann Smith, who was known as B’Ann, died in her sleep July 28 at Laurentide in Mashpee. She was 91.

She was the wife of 68 years of Robert R. Smith, who died in November. The couple had lived together for more than two years at Laurentide. Previously they had lived at Dillingham Place in Falmouth and in the Southport community in Mashpee after moving to Cape Cod from Lexington upon retirement.

Born in Akron, Ohio, she was the daughter of Ben and Helen Carrier. After moving to Cambridge as a teenager, she graduated from Cambridge High and Latin School and the Katharine Gibbs School.

Following marriage and three children, Ms. Smith went back to work for the Town of Lexington. She worked in the high school library, then as secretary in the town manager’s office and then as assistant town clerk until she retired.

She was an accomplished quilter and knitter; among her home-baked specialties were apple pie, “fairy” sponge cake and Lemon Delight. She loved antiquing and reading.

She and her husband belonged to the Hancock Congregational Church in Lexington, where Ms. Smith was involved in many church activities and fundraisers. It was at Hancock that they met their lifelong friends dubbed the 4Gs, the “GO GO GO Group,” as they were always on the go, taking trips all around New England.

After they settled on the Upper Cape, the Smiths were members of the First Congregational Church of Falmouth and Mashpee Congregational Church, United Church of Christ.

She leaves two daughters, Beverly S. Tilden and her husband, Stephen J. Riley Jr., of East Falmouth and Marcia Smith of Los Angeles, California; two grandsons, Ryan Smith of Nsikayuna, New York, and Matt Tilden of Newburyport; three great-granddaughters; and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her son, Richard Smith.

A celebration of the lives of Barbara and Robert Smith will be at a later date.

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