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Barbara Smith - September 24, 2009


Barbara Loraine Colson Schuler Smith of Reno, Nev., and formerly of Longmont, Colo., went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on Sept. 17, 2009 at her home in Reno following a battle with cancer. She was born to Loren and Emma Mae Jones Colson in Imperial, Neb., on Nov. 18, 1940, and grew up on a farm near Lamar, Neb.
Barbara married Leland Schuler of Momence, Ill., on Feb. 23, 1963, in Lincoln, Neb., and they had one son, Michael Schuler. They lived most of their married life in Boulder, Colo. Mr. Schuler passed away on Oct. 9, 1984. She later married Stanley Smith of Lamar, Neb., on July 31, 1995, and he passed away on Sept. 11, 1996.
Having a close relationship with Jesus Christ and living a Christian life were a priority in Barbara’s life. She was affiliated with Reno Christian Fellowship at the time of her death.
Her professional career involved various office positions and her most enjoyable working years were spent at Boulder Valley Christian Church in Boulder, Colo., and LifeBridge Christian Church in Longmont, Colo.
Barbara was preceded in death by her father, Loren Colson; and husbands, Leland Schuler and Stanley Smith.
She is survived by her mother, Emma Mae Colson, of Imperial, Neb.; her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Elizabeth Schuler of Reno, Nev.; her brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Elaine Colson of Imperial, Neb.; her mother-in-law, Darlene Schuler of Kankakee, Ill.; and many other members of the Colson, Schuler, Smith and VanOene/Mares families.
Many friends and family members were important in her life including Elizabeth Schuler’s parents, Charles and Janis Monroe of Reno, Nev.
Services were held Sept. 21, 2009 at the Imperial Bible Church.
Burial was taken place in Boulder, Colo.
Memorial contributions can be made in honor of Barb Smith to the Center of Hope and Dr. Peter Lim, P.O. Box 11367, Reno, Nev. 89510 or The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association at 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201.
Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences with the family.