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Former Big Spring resident Barbara Jean Vieira, 77, of Weatherford, affectionately known as Grandma and Gigi, was granted her last wish â€” to join her husband in their mansion in the skies â€” on Aug. 27, 2012. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Memorial Park with Pastor Ron Liles officiating.
Barbara was born to Grady and Mary Gardner on July 3, 1935, in Birmingham, Ala. She had a passion for cooking, traveling, gardening and playing Bingo. Barbara was a lifetime member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Womenâ€™s International Bowling Congress. She worked for the Bowl-a-Rama for many years. Her two favorite sports teams were the Atlanta Braves and her Dallas Cowboys.
Barbara married Adelino â€śRockyâ€ť Vieira on Jan. 4, 1953, in Pascagoula, Miss. They shared a love like no other for 54 years before he passed on Oct. 27, 2007. In this union, she was blessed with her children: Kathy Robertson and her husband George, Thresa Russell and her husband Kelly, and Tony Vieira, all of Weatherford, Texas, Mark Vieira of Hueytown, Ala., Michelle Griffith and her husband Don of Greenfield, Ind., Monalisa Ake and her husband Donny of Portales, N.M., and Todd Gardner of Springtown, Texas; 15 grandchildren: Joshua and Rebekah Robertson, Stephanie Hunt, Jacob Paul Fincher, Michael and Joseph Vieira, Kimberly, James and Logan Vieira, Patrick and Christopher Walter, Haleigh Bird, Devin Carruth, Chris and Cody Russell; and 17 great-grandchildren, with twins on the way.
In addition to her children, she is survived by two brothers, Michael and Robert Gardner; and three sisters, Patricia Sprouse, Geri Smith and Debra Leber, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Sandra Bowers and Susan Renda; and her grandchildren, Cherish Roxanne Walter, Matthew Vaughn Robertson and Wade Allen Gardner.
Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Pay your respects online at www.myersandsmith.com