Barbara Ann Anizan, 82, died on Friday, September 1, 2023. She was born to Louis and Ella Mae Smith on April 9, 1941.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, and her husband.
Barbara is survived by her four children, Annette Dunn and husband Stephen of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Glenn Anizan and wife Kim of Pearsall, Kathy Slind and husband Brian of Nampa, Idaho, and Frank Anizan and wife Phyllis of Conroe. Barbara is also survived by her five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Less than two years after she was born, Barbara’s father was killed in an auto accident. Her mother would marry again, this time to Theo Smith. She was the youngest in her family with three older sisters and was raised in Sabinal with her parents and sisters.
As a teenager, as she was babysitting a boy from down the street, she met the young boy’s older brother, Anthony Anizan. Anthony and Barbara fell in love and were married on March 20, 1959, and started their own life together.
After Anthony left the Navy, the couple moved around Texas several times before settling in Pearsall. They joined the First Baptist Church and raised four children of their own. Barbara could be seen in the church choir and often in the Fellowship Hall volunteering in the kitchen or at the nursing home where Anthony and Barbara taught Sunday School. Barbara was mostly a stay-at-home mom although she had a few part-time jobs at the local pharmacy, a department store, and a floral shop to name a few. She enjoyed visiting with family and friends, playing cards, watching old movies, and cheering on the San Antonio Spurs.
After Anthony retired, the couple spent time with family and friends. Just one month shy of their 64th anniversary, Anthony succumbed to the effects of cancer on February 16, 2023. Barbara had been bed ridden for the previous year with ailments of her own.
A viewing for family and friends was held on Friday, September 8, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Primrose Funeral Services in Pearsall. A graveside service was held at 9 a.m., Saturday, September 9 at the Sabinal Cemetery. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 9 at the First Baptist Church in Pearsall.
Anyone wishing to offer a word of condolences to the family or share a memory can do so by visiting www.primrosefuneralservices.com.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Primrose Funeral Services, Pearsall.