La Verne (Bubbles) Starbuck (March 29, 1926 – Nov. 14, 2016)
La Verne (Bubbles) Starbuck was born March 29, 1926, to Clyde W. Morris and Laura (Voss) Morris in Arvada, Colorado. She passed away November 14, 2016.
La Verne attended Arvada schools graduating from high school in 1944. After high school, she attended Colorado State University receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education in 1962. She went on to the University of Colorado and in 1969 received her Master’s degree in Secondary School Administration. On August 19, 1951, La Verne married Frank Starbuck in Rifle, Colorado, at the First Christian Church. La Verne, known by many as Mrs. Starbuck, taught school at Hunter Mesa during the years of 1947-1948 and 1950-1951, Fairview and Dry Hollow rural schools from 1951-1957.
After teaching at the rural schools, she taught for 20 years at Rifle Junior High School for Garfield RE-2; first as a teacher and then as principal of the junior high. She left her educational field in 1976. La Verne had many accomplishments during her lifetime. In 1952, she was Garfield County Fair and Rodeo Queen and in the same year was Flag Day Rodeo Queen. She was a member of the Enterprise Grange in Arvada, Divide Creek Grange of Silt, and Elk Creek Grange until 2003.
La Verne gave back to the community through the many years of service to local boards. She served on the Grand River Hospital Board from 1972-1984. She was a member of the Board of Adjustments and Garfield County Planning Commission from 1976-1988. From 1984-1996, La Verne was a member of the Garfield County Library Board of Trustees as well as being a member of the West Divide Water Conservancy District Board of Trustees from 1991-2008. La Verne was a past member of Delta Kappa Gamma Teacher’s Sorority and the Fairview Reading Club. In 2013 she was inducted into the Garfield County 4-H Hall of Fame.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Frank; parents Clyde W. and Laura Morris of Arvada, and her nine siblings; three brothers – Laythan (Arvada, CO), Glenn (San Diego, CA) Clyde Jr. (Grand Junction) and six sisters – Neola Hawkins (Arvada, CO), Elaine Becker (Cincinnati, OH), Thais White (Arvada, CO), Lynette Ivanick (Los Angeles, CA), June Nelson (Minnesota), and Marie Morris (Lakewood, CO). She is survived by seventeen nieces and nephews. Visitation services will be held at 12 p.m. on November 19, 2016, at the First Christian Church in Rifle, CO with funeral services to follow at 1 p.m. Interment will be at Divide Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Silt Historical Park, PO Box 401 Silt, CO, 81652.
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