Ellen Caroll Barker Smith, 72, of Bealeton, gracefully ended her journey on this earth on Saturday, September 4, 2021. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends.
Caroll was born October 28, 1948, in Abingdon, to the late Luther R. and Ruth E. Barker. The youngest of four daughters, Caroll also had four brothers.
Caroll graduated from Falls Church High School in 1968 and went to beauty school, earning a degree in cosmetology. She worked in a beauty shop in Seven Corners.
She married the love of her life, James Smith, on May 22, 1971, and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year.
After moving from Northern Virginia in 1973 to Kewanee, Ill., Caroll opened her own beauty shop out of their home where her customers walked in as clients but left as friends. Caroll’s passion was making everyone feel beautiful and never had a price for her services, rather encouraged everyone pay what they could afford.
After the birth of her three daughters, Caroll opened an in-home daycare during the day while still running her beauty shop in the evenings. She was an active member of the PTA, a Girl Scout leader and volunteered her time generously throughout her community.
Caroll was an avid bowler and played on a league for many years. She also enjoyed long road trips on the back of a motorcycle and weekends spent camping.
After relocating back to her hometown of Falls Church in 1985, she continued doing what she loved in styling hair while also serving her community. She worked in a local school cafeteria in addition to volunteering in various activities for her daughters.
Caroll was the loving mother to Dee Dee Call (Shannon) of Warrenton, Dawn Jeckell of Catlett and Danielle Rollins (Benjamin) of Warrenton. She had nine wonderful grandchildren, Spencer, Alexander, Justin and Cameron Call; Dalton, Madisyn and Zachary Billick; Ayden and Allyson Rollins, and a precious great-grandchild, Jeremiah Call.
Caroll is survived by her husband James, her daughters and siblings: Jerry Barker (Rudi) of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Rhea Nell Knowles of Manassas, Judy Barker of Falls Church, David Barker (Darren) of Culpeper, James Barker of Falls Church and Timothy Barker (Patti) of Richardsville.
In addition to her loving parents, Caroll was preceded in death by her sister, Glenda Early, a sister-in-law, Linda Barker.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 8, at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton. The service will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 9, at the funeral home. Burial will be private.
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