I am shocked. I read Barbara Burnett Smith for the first time this past week, and her book, Bead on Trouble, inspired me to take up my fiction writing once again. I just got on the net after a trip to East Texas to discover the sad news of her death. She was a true Texas gem! May she rest in peace.
Information on her death can be found on Bill Crider's Blog at http://billcrider.blogspot.com/2005/02/barbara-burnett-smith-rip.html .