ALA Unit 143 President Heather Swartz said, “She was one who would never miss a meeting and always volunteered to help. She was loved by all and is truly missed.”

Barbara K. Smith was an active member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 143 in New Cumberland, Pa., left behind a legacy of being very friendly, kind, and caring.

“She was full of life and loved having a good time,” said longtime friend Dawn Levarto.

After Smith passed away in May 2019 at age 67, her caring demeanor carried on as she supported several charities with bequests, including a generous gift to the American Legion Auxiliary of more than $24,000.

Aside from serving as her ALA unit’s sergeant-at-arms, Smith’s hobbies included going to the beach, reading mystery novels, participating in a bowling league, and watching NASCAR races. She also had an immense love for Chevrolet Camaros, and according to Levart, it was the only vehicle Smith would drive.

Professionally, Smith started her career with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, spending a majority of that time working with the Department of Environmental Protection, where she retired from.

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