Barbara Jean Velasquez |

Barbara Jean Velasquez

Barbara Jean Velasquez, 84, passed away peacefully on May 14, 2014, with her family by her side at the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle, CO, where she received extraordinary care. Barbara lived in Glenwood Springs for many years before moving to Battlement Mesa in 1992.

Barbara was born December 9, 1929, in Glenwood Springs to Jake and Julia Frieler of Basalt. She grew up on a ranch on the Fryingpan River at Taylor Creek. She married Larry Velasquez on February 18, 1950, at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Glenwood Springs. She is survived by her husband and two sons, Gregg Velasquez (Theresa Zelenka) and Jeff (Vicky) Velasquez, two grandchildren, Jake Velasquez (Becca Lundin) and Jenny Velasquez, sister-in-law, Grace Gibson, and many nieces and nephews. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Harold Frieler, and sister, Dottie Meredith.

Barbara owned Barbara’s Beauty Shop in Glenwood Springs for many years and enjoyed her volunteer work at LIFT-UP and as a Cub Scout leader. She impacted many lives of her very close friends and family with her wonderful parties and family gatherings.

She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. A memorial service will be held at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Glenwood Springs on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 10am.

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