Ms. Barbara Jean Secrett Nash was born May 30, 1939 in Pocatello, Idaho to Willia V. and Edgar Secrett. Her father was a successful entrepreneurial pioneer. He owned his own barber shop, which was the only establishment that would cater to Black clients in the early 40s and 50s. Her mother worked for the Union Pacific Railroad and raised her family.
Barbara attended Bonneville Elementary School, Franklin Junior High School, Pocatello High School and eventually continued her education to obtain her Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology. Her lifelong passion for learning instilled the importance of education in her children.
Barbara was married twice, first to Wadsworth McDaniel and had a daughter Crystal, and second to James Nash and had 2 daughters Tiffany, Alexandria, and a son Ruben. Barbara enjoyed a 26-year career at Mountain Bell/ US West Communications until retiring when the Pocatello office closed.
‘Retired’ is a relative term that did not apply to Barbara. She had always taken a vital interest in her community and served on community boards, donated to humanitarian organizations and was a vocal advocate for progressive change. Among the organizations she served are: Americorp, CASA, Sister City, Campfire Boys and Girls, Aid for Friends, Partners For Prosperity, The Arc and the Intermountain Fair Housing Council, just to name a few. She co-owned a diversity consulting business, "People to Gente,"with Andy Guerra from 2004-2014 <2004-2014>.
Barbara was passionate about politics, social justice, current events and most of all, her grandchildren – “J”, “One-of-a Kind Guy”, and Short Stack. Her brilliance and wisdom gave her the ability to provide valuable perspective to the organizations she served and to her family regarding school, work, relationships and everything in between.
Barbara was an avid Track & Field fan. She was an official for ISU and volunteer for the Simplot Games, where she received certificates for her dedication and years of service.
She leaves to carry on her legacy her three remaining children, Crystal McDaniel, Alexandria Nash Easton (Royal) and her son Ruben, her grandchildren, Jada Shultz, Miles and Wesley Easton, nephew Eugene Sanders, grand nieces Taeya Sanders, Jahleila and Trinity Ibe, grand nephew, Solomon Ibe and great-grand niece Leric Sanders, cousins Fannielee Lowe, Rukiya Lee, and a host of extended loving family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, sister, Eunice Jackson, brother Darwin Secrett, daughter, Tiffany Nash Shultz, nephew, David Sanders, husband, James Nash and many other beloved family members.
Funeral services will be held < >Friday, May 26 at 11 am at the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello < >, where family will receive friends at 10 am < >. She will be interned at the Mountain View Cemetery, Pocatello. Friends are invited to join the family for fellowship and repast at Corinth Baptist Church, (Cornerstone) 455 North Fourth Street, 208) 233-6044 . In lieu of flowers, monetary donations can be made on Barbara’s behalf to two of her favorite organizations, Aid for Friends () and Pocatello Sister Cities Africa(). Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornelisonfh.com
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