Barbara's Story

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Barbara (Barby) Jean Targal, left this world after 92 years - for many, a bright light dimmed. Barby lived on 40 acres of scenic, thickly wooded, rollings hills, in Antrim County, where her neighbors referred to her as "the lady in the woods." After her husband, Kami, passed away, she lived there alone for some time, happy to feed her wildlife menagerie. So in-tune with nature, Barby loved and respected all living things, deeply and carefully.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Jan. 22, 1925 to Lyra Olive Holland, and soon after adopted by David and Elizabeth (Monk) Smith. Barby attended Cass Technical High School for music and harp and later studied harp and piano at U of M, Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she and Kami married in 1946. She played harp with All City Orchrestra, Radio Orchestra and later the Istanbul Symphony Orchestra. Music was a big part of her life.

Barby was always described as having a generous smile and a pure heart. A master at living life to it's fullest. If there was a party, she would dance, sing and laugh. She was always ready to try something new with a "go-for-it" attitude. Barby was virtually blind later in life, but never complained. Family was everything to her. When she took up genealogy, she discovered an important part of her biological family, Ray and Thelma Isanhart (aunt and uncle), a positive and life-changing event for her.

Barby encouraged all of her five children to follow their dreams and make the most of their abilities. She knew when any of her children needed to talk, it was always late at night when everyone else had gone to bed. She would be up and available for the one that needed warmth, support and encouragement. Barby was an inspiration to us all. We will miss her!

Barby is survived by her five children, Jem (Patty) Targal, Lisa (Jim) Favors, Ken (Melinda) Targal, Rami (Kathy) Targal and Mart (Gina) Targal; nine grandchildren, Jena (Brendan) McMullen, Jay Targal, Skyler Nelles, Kenny (Theresa) Targal, Sean Targal, Renee Targal, Christina Targal, Craig Targal and Tanya Targal; five step-grandchildren, Bart Favors, Ross Favors (Sarah Henkel), Amy Collier, Alicia Collier, Jamie (Nick) Fast and seventeen great-grandchildren. Her husband, adopted parents, biological parents and half-sister, Maxine, preceded her in death.

A celebration of her life is being planned for a later date.
Published on April 21, 2017
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