Effective 9 pm Saturday, March 21, 2020, New Jersey Governor, Phil Murphy, had mandated by executive order #107 that all New Jersey residents shall remain home or in their place of residence unless they are obtaining essential goods or services from businesses or government agencies. All gatherings of individuals, such as funeral services, parties, celebrations, or other social events, are cancelled.
These restrictions will remain in effect until further notice from the state governor. Due to the current restrictions, there will not be a funeral service for Barbara Smith-Floyd.
The family is grateful, and would like to extend their sincere thanks, for all the support and condolences from friends and the community in their time of mourning. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Barbara Smith-Floyd , 71, of Union, NJ passed away on March 31, 2020. She was born on September 23, 1948 in Newark, NJ. She was the eldest child born to John T. and Ethel Veeney.
Barbara was educated in the Newark Public School System and graduated from Barringer High, June 22, 1966. She went on to graduate from Barbizon Modeling School and was employed as a model at Bamberger’s (Macy’s) Newark, NJ. For the last 40 years she was employed in the airline industry, Eastern and United Airlines.
Barbara’s passion was her poetry. In 2002 she started creating handmade inspirational greeting cards, using her poetry. In 2004 she self-published her first book, “From The Inside Out, A Poetic Journey”, and second book, “From The Outside, Looking In” in 2010. She was working on her third book before she passed away.
Barbara met her true soul mate, John (Mickey) Floyd 23 years ago. From this union they created a blended family.
Barbara leaves to cherish her everlasting memories 3 daughters, Nyeta Gibb (Kwabena), Raleigh, NC, Tyhesha Strothers, Irvington, NJ, and Paulette McGee, Sumter, SC; 2 sons, Donovan R. Smith, Las Vegas, NV, and John C. Floyd, DE; 2 sisters, Gail Veeney-McLean, Toms River, NJ, and Diane Norton, NJ; 1 brother, Douglas T. Veeney (LaWanda), Durham, NC; 5 granddaughters; 8 grandsons; 5 great grandchildren; 2 nieces, Zameerah Norton and Tashia Smith; nephew, Daniel Norton; and a host of family, friends, and especially her United Airlines family.
From the beginning to the end
Life is all about the journey
The trials and tribulations
The highs, the lows, the pain and the joy
P.S. And She loved herself some BINGO!
MY WIFE, MY BEST FRIEND
It’s so hard to say good-bye
I didn’t want to watch you go
Knowing I cannot follow
Until it’s my turn to go.
I asked for more time with you
GOD touched me and whispered in my ear.
So, I will be strong as you journey home
Where other loved ones await you there.
Still I hear your voice and see
The smile of you, my wife, my best friend
I pick up the phone and start to dial
Forgetting you are in Heaven.
We had many laughs and wonderful good times.
My Memories are endless
At that moment when you left
A part of me left with you.
Like a child, I cried and cried.
I will love you forever and ever
My wife, my best friend.
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