Barbara Irene Smalley


(Aug. 29, 1924 - March 23, 2018)

Barbara Irene Smalley, 93, of Powell, joined her husband in Eternity early Friday, March 23, 2018, at the New Horizons Care Center in Lovell.

She was born Aug. 29, 1924, in Xenia, Ohio, to Thomas and Helen McClelland.

In her early life, she helped her father by working at his gas station in Xenia.

She graduated from Xenia Central High in 1942. In 1946, Barbara graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry.

In 1948 she married the love of her Life, Ralph Smalley Jr.

Beginning in 1949, Barbara taught chemistry at the Northwest Center of the University of Wyoming in Powell (now Northwest College).

In 1957, she taught general chemistry and quantitative analysis at Casper College. She also worked for the American Oil Company doing analysis. In 1958, she and her husband started their family and she became a loving mother of three.

Over the years, Barbara enjoyed singing in the choir, and playing the piano for the United Methodist Church. She was an avid reader and enjoyed crossword puzzles. No matter life’s hurdles, she always remained strong in her faith in Christ.

Survivors include her brother John McClelland of Kettering, Ohio; son Ralph R. Smalley and wife Mary of Powell; daughter Linda Milhon of Hugoton, Kansas; four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ralph Jr.; son-in-law Robert Glenn grandson Dustin Glenn and daughter Theresa H Glenn.

Thompson Funeral Home is assisting the family and condolences may be sent to them at or P.O. Box 807, Powell, WY 82435.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 14, at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Powell. Burial will follow in the Crown Hill Cemetery.