Barbaralu Hough Smith, 85, passed away Jan. 15, 2019, while vacationing in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Her last days were spent taking in the warm sunshine and fresh sea air in the company of loved ones.
Born on Nov. 7, 1933 to parents Frank and Pauline Hough, Barbaralu lived most of her life in Fowler, Colo., and was a committed community member, active in Fowler Progress Club, the Fowler Historical Society, and the Fowler Methodist Church. She lived in Pueblo for 15 years and worked as an enumerator and supervisor for the Department of Agriculture throughout Southeastern Colorado for more than a decade. She relocated to Colorado Springs a few years ago and was active in the Kissing Camels women’s club and volunteering with the Colorado Springs xeriscape gardens. For most of her life she was a dedicated member of The General Federation of Women’s Clubs as part of her sincere commitment to the improvement of social conditions for women.

A consummate gardener, communicator and traveler, Barbaralu never stopped enquiring, exploring, trading stories and recipes with people she met on her adventures throughout the United States and around the world. Her passion for living an active and learned life was inspiring to those who knew her. She will be missed beyond words by both family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Harry Smith, with whom she shared 46 years of marriage, and by her brother, Bob Hough and sister-in-law, Marnie Hough. She is survived by her five sons, Paul, David, Doug, Alan, and Robert; four daughters-in law, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Two memorial services will be held in Barbaralu’s honor. The first will take place on Feb. 23 from 2 - 4 p.m. at La Posada del Sol Center (2090 Paseo Del Oro, Colorado Springs) and the second on April 13 at 10 a.m. at the Fowler United Methodist Church with a community potluck to follow