Margaret Barz passed away Sept. 17, 2007, at home in Glenwood Springs.She was born Margaret Ellen Klingensmith Aug. 16, 1919, to Jeannetta (Jester) and Ivan J. Klingensmith, at their ranch home on land her father homesteaded in the Sand Arroya rural community. Her family moved to Sugar City, and Margaret graduated from the high school in 1936. She earned a teaching degree from Western State College. Margaret met her first husband, James A. Hare, in college. They had three children. The marriage ended in divorce.She taught school in three rural areas, the latest in Whitepine. Margaret was then employed by the Gunnison National Forest from 1952 to 1960, then transferred to the Routt National Forest in Steamboat Springs and continued there until 1963.She married Maurice D. Barz Nov. 20, 1960, in Steamboat Springs. In 1972, he was transferred to the White River National forest, headquartered in Glenwood Springs, where he retired in 1976. They lived on Grand Avenue and operated a mobile home court.Margaret was a member of the first United Methodist Church of Glenwood Springs and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.She was known for gardening and food preservation, and as an excellent homemaker and cook. She was also a talented teacher and excellent businesswoman. Margaret enjoyed a wide circle of friends, maintaining contacts with them through the years. She also enjoyed genealogy, bowling, and most of all, her family and descendants.She is survived by her second husband; daughter Caroleen A. (Hare) Hitchens of Dewey, Ariz.; sons Ronald (Donna) Hare of Graham, Wash., and Kenneth W. (Sandy) Hare of Arvada; stepson Kim (Diane) Barz of Gunnison; sister Frances K. Lenox of Loveland; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by brother William Klingensmith.Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the first United Methodist Church.Memorials may be made to the first United Methodist Church or a charity of choice.
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