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“To the family of Barb, May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead. Please accept my most...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Sandy Lovato - Pueblo, CO

“In remembrance of a woman who through her efforts, raised three amazing people that we are blessed to have in our life as friends. ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: The Schwartz Family - Avondale, CO

“I've known you since I was a young girl. You have always opened your door to me no matter what. I enjoyed our conversations and keeping up with Tracy...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Amy Pryor - Las Animas, CO

“Barb I will always remember what a happy person you where. We had a million laughs. You was there for me when my husband got killed in a car accident...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Mary Henderson - Canon City, CO

“Mom it was awesome to have you home for the few weeks and spending much time with you and your grandchildren loved every minute of it to.. mom we...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: josh - Colorado city, CO - son

“Where do I begin? I was your first grandbaby. We have so many memories from our short time together. From you popping my toes, cooking egg drop soup...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Caitlyn Richert - Sterling, CO

“Mom,We will miss you greatly! The kids are having a really had time understanding it all but i know that you are watching over them now and going to...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Kellen Lasater - Colorado City, CO

“Tracy, Stacy, and Josh,I have to echo what Vanissa said. I haven't been around your mom in a long time, but memories of her will remain captured in...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Cristina Campos-Krumholz - Pueblo, CO

“Barb of course is not my real mom, but she is one of my "secondary" ones. I havent seen you in many years. But I have lots of memories. I cant even...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Vanissa

“Trace, Stace & Josh.. you know its funny the kind of things you remember & dont remember.. But I do remember alot about your Mom. I remember how hard...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Gina Pena - Pueblo, CO

“Mom, I am so thankful to GOD that you were able to come home with us for the last weeks of your life!!! We already miss you so much. Your grandkids...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Tracy Mills - Avondale, CO


Barbara Jean (Smith) Mills, loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend, passed away peacefully surrounded by those who love her dearly, at her home on February 9, 2014.
Barbara, affectionately known as "Sis" or "Bobby", was born on October 9, 1953 in Las Animas, Colorado to Samuel H. and Lilly D. (Coleman) Smith. She was the second daughter of 5 children. She grew up in Las Animas on her parent's dairy farm and would often talk to her children about walking barefoot in the cow manure as she would help clean the barn. Barbara graduated high school in Las Animas in 1971. She was a nurse's assistant for over 30 years with Ft. Lyon VA and her last several years before retirement at the Pueblo VA nursing home. It was through this career that she gained many close friendships.
Barbara loved spending her time with family. She enjoyed fishing, camping and searching for asparagus. She loved a good poker game even when she had to watch for her brother, Mike cheating. She was an avid Bronco fan and John Elway was her love until Tebow showed up and she traded John in. She loved to cook for her family and friends. Her son-in-law, Pablo's favorite was her menudo. She enjoyed fruit loops from Sam and all the little gifts from her grandkids. She always had a magic soup she would make for the kids when they were sick or a dish to spank them with if they were being bad. She just enjoyed life to the fullest until her last moments. She told her children that she had a good life. She raised 3 children on her own and always provided for them and usually a handful of their friends as well. She accumulated several children over the years that are still proud to call her "Mom".
Barbara is survived by two brothers, Mike Smith and wife, Linda and Jerry Smith all of Las Animas; three children, Tracy Mills, Stacy Armendariz and husband, Pablo all of Avondale, CO and Joshua Mills of Colorado City, CO; 9 grandchildren, Caitlyn Richert and husband, Matt of Sterling, CO, Mariah, Adrean, Javier "Bubba", Isaiah, Aliah, Aryana, Kylie, and Colby; one great granddaughter, Davynn; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Lilly Smith; grandparents, Claude and Hazel Coleman, Edward and Ruby Smith; two sisters, Patricia Wright and Tracy Smith; two grandsons, Pablo Jr. and Cristopher Samuel.