Barbara Ruth Nichols Smith was born April 17, 1947 in Passaic, NJ to Emil George Nichols and Mabel Alice Powell. Granddaughter to Charlambos Damianides, Cleonike Sirinides, George Powell, and Frances Sadie Tromans. Survived by husband Gary, sister Judy (Curtis), brother Bob (Donna), son Eric (Kellie), daughter Nancy, and three grandsons. Barbara passed away peacefully at home on October 28, 2021 after succumbing to cancer.
Barbara graduated from Passaic Valley High School in 1965, Allegheny College in 1971, and achieved master’s degrees from Boise State University. A nurse in her mind since she was six, her legacy will live on in all the lives she has saved in the Emergency Room at St. Luke’s for seventeen years, and the nurses she taught to do the same as an educator for two more decades.
Barbara was a prolific quilter, a proud member of the Boise Basin Quilters and Dixie Chicks clubs and lived to design and create quilts. She loved picnics in the park, picking cherries, making pies, the Boise Little Theater, Shakespeare, watching Downton Abbey, going to quilt shows, and shopping for a fabric treasure. She always made her friends and family a priority and it showed. She made costumes, pajamas, and taught her grandsons how to quilt. Her legacy continues to spread joy and warmth all over the world.
The family requests donations in honor of Barbara to be made to the Emergency Nurses Association at enatogether.org in lieu of flowers. Memorial services will be hosted by Barbara’s loved ones on Saturday, December 18th 11am – 1pm in Boise. Please contact Kellie for location details and to RSVP
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