Barbara (Smith) Migl, 79, died peacefully in her sleep on September 9, 2019 at her home in Corpus Christi, Texas. Barbara succumbed to Sjogrens, an auto-immune disease.
Barbara was born on September 18, 1939, in Louisville, Mississippi to parents Willie Mae (Parker) and James T. Smith. She was the youngest of two children. After her father’s unexpected death in 1943, the family moved to Corpus Christi. She learned to be independent at an early age and was driving by age 12 as her mother did not drive, and her brother had left home to join the Marines.
She married Daniel A. Migl, the love of her life in 1959. They first met on a double date with other people and Danny told the guy she was dating if he ever stopped dating Barbara, he planned to marry her. The couple had two children together. Barbara was preceded in death by her loving husband, Danny after 35 years of marriage. She would never think of loving any other man but him.
Barbara attended Del Mar College and wanted to become a teacher but later found a new dream in the insurance business following in her mother’s footsteps. The final years of her career were spent as a State Farm agent with Randall J. Ritter Insurance Agency before retiring due to her degenerative blindness.
She found tremendous joy in traveling with her daughter and grandsons and having great adventures with them. She loved taking trips with her niece, Vicky Pannone to go visit the graves in Shiner and Moulton and always came home with some Czech bakery items and Bohemian sausage. Barbara enjoyed going on rides with her cousin, Bill Samelson and Mary Ann Wilkinson and sharing lunch wherever the road took them. She was an avid Spurs fan and was able to attend a home game and fulfill a bucket list dream. Barbara was an avid reader all her life and loved the look and feel of books. She often read books like Harry Potter with her grandson, Mason. She would always say the audio books just weren’t the same as real books. Being a southern woman from Mississippi, she loved her cornbread and vegies like rutabagas, turnips, and sliced tomatoes.
Barbara became a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ and found great solace and joy with her church family who embraced her in every way. She especially loved attending potlucks on First Sundays. She loved the music from Music Director Peter, the choir and all the loving, caring members/friends who came to sit with her many times in her final days when she could not be left alone (Debbie, Mikki, Megan, Maddison, Della, Virginia, Nancy, Wayne, Janice, Jim and Mary Carmen).
Barbara is survived by her children Kimberly and Michael Migl (Kristy); her grandsons, Mason Parker Migl, Gunner Anthony Migl, and Tucker Cole Migl; and her brother, James N. Smith (Dorothy); many nieces and nephews, cousins and “adopted” family, Mary Dodge (Illinois), Ed and Helen Smith (San Antonio), her church family, and so many friends who loved and cared for her when she needed them most.
Special thanks to all the loving ICU and Emergency Staff of Corpus Christi Medical Center who made our mother their family too and cared for her so many times. Many thanks to Angel Brite Hospice. Their caring and loving nurses helped ease her pain and calm our fears. And last but certainly not least, words could never express the gratitude our family has for Rev. Dana Worsham who spent countless hours sitting in ICU rooms, ER rooms, doctors’ offices, giving of her personal time and showering such love and endless devotion on her congregant in Barbara’s final days. She rarely left our mother’s bedside.
A celebration of Barbara’s life is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 5525 Lipes Blvd. in Corpus Christi, Texas, with a reception to follow. Rev. Dana Worsham & Rev. Bruce Wilson will officiate the ceremony. In lieu of flowers, memorials to honor her life can be made in her name to St. Paul United Church of Christ.
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