Tribute: Barb White, the First Lady of North Thomas Street.

January 23, 2015

By Rob Alway. Editor-in-Chief.

SCOTTVILLE — Barbara White, the “First Lady” of North Thomas Street died Wednesday at her daughter’s home in Mt. Pleasant. For those of us who grew up in Scottville or its immediate vicinity, it’s very likely you swam at the “White House” pool. I certainly can’t speak for her feelings, but get the impression that hanging out at her pool on a hot summer day and hosting the neighborhood children was a highlight in Barb’s life. The White’s pool was pretty much the unofficial city pool for us growing up in the ’70s and ’80s.

I went to school and graduated with the White’s son, Randy. If you were a schoolmate of Randy’s you were treated with special privileges from Barb. This included a complimentary cake for your high school graduation party. Twenty-five years after our graduation, Barb still took care of Randy’s schoolmates. When both our daughters were born we received very special hand-knitted afghans from Barb.

In recent years, I have become involved with the weekly concert series at the Scottville Clown Band Shell. Barb was as faithful as they would come when it came to attending the shows. Rain or shine she was there. On occasion I would give her a ride back home because she was walking in the rain.

I’m sure there are many more stories and memories of Barb that I haven’t even touched on.

We will post obituary information for Barb White when it becomes available from Wyman Funeral and Cremation Services in Scottville.

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