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Barbara Bradshaw Werking

Barbara Finn Bradshaw Werking, of Glenwood Springs, died Monday, Nov 5, 2001, at Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle. She was 95. Memorial services will be held at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs, at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 30.

Barbara was born on June 30, 1906, in a mining camp near Chinipas, Chihuahua, Mexico, the daughter of Oliver Blackburn Finn and Margaret Dwyer Finn. Oliver Finn was a mining engineer who met his wife in Cripple Creek, Colo. In about 1912, the family moved to Silt, where they operated “Finn’s Fancy Fruit Farm” for a number of years. They left “the ranch” because of Margaret’s declining health.

After high school Barbara taught school at Rifle Creek, Divide Creek and Gilman before obtaining a degree in nursing from the Seton School of Nursing in Colorado Springs. She married Aaron H. Bradshaw, at that time working on the Pike National Forest, in 1935.

Barbara and Aaron had three children, Molly, Phyllis and Bob. The Bradshaw family lived in Colorado Springs and at the Monument Nursery until 1951, when Aaron was transferred to the White River National Forest, with his work base in Glenwood.

In Glenwood, Barbara worked at Dr. Porter’s Hospital when it was located above the bank in downtown Glenwood, and later worked at Valley View Hospital. She was always pleased to care for patients she had known from her early ranch and teaching days. She was also well-known for the sketches she made of many of the babies born at the hospital. She could never resist trying to sketch a well-shaped head!

In addition to her work at the hospital, Barbara was a founding member of the Glenwood Springs Art Guild and spent many hours each fall helping to set up the Art Show. Her paintings in oil, watercolor and pastel hang in many Colorado homes (as well as in the homes of relatives nationwide). The little watercolor notecards that she dispensed for so many years have also found their way across the United States. In this way she justified her father’s faith in her artistic talent. He had paid for an art correspondence course and had set up a studio in an old shed on the ranch in Silt.

Barbara was also a member of the Literary Club, the Garden Club, and the League of Women Voters. For many years she was a faithful volunteer at the Frontier Museum.

Aaron having died in 1977, Barbara Bradshaw married Gerald Werking in 1984.

They lived alternately in Yuma, Ariz., and at the house he had built on South Grand in Glenwood. As a child, Barbara had known Gerald’s Uncle Woody when her family brought ranch produce to Glenwood to sell to storekeepers like Woody. Gerald and Barbara shared a common acquaintance with many early residents and much of the early history of the Glenwood area.

Barbara Werking was preceded in death by her first husband, Aaron H. Bradshaw; her second husband, Gerald F. Werking; and her sisters Elizabeth Finn (in infancy), Esther Velde, and Letitia Rehm.

Survivors include sister Phyllis Carmichael of Granby, Colo.; daughters Margaret (Molly) Adams and her husband Barry, of Brooktondale, N.Y., and Phyllis Rounds and her husband Rolland, of Vail; son Robert A. Bradshaw and his wife Barbara, of Glenwood Springs; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.

Donations in memory of Barbara Werking may be made to the Nursing Scholarship Program at Colorado Mountain College, 831 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.


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