Virginia "Gini" Bailey Burwell |

Virginia "Gini" Bailey Burwell

Virginia Bailey Burwell, 85, of Rifle, passed away March 26, 2009, at E. D. Moore Care Center in Rifle.

Virginia was born July 16, 1923, in Grand Valley, to Sidney and Thelma (Pratt) Bailey. She was raised in Rifle, and grew up working in the Pratt/Caldwell business, the Caldwell Honey Company. She attended Rifle schools, played tenor saxophone in the marching band and won awards as a rifle marksman.

She married her high school sweetheart, Blair T. Burwell, Aug. 19, 1941, in Fort Collins. During the war, she moved to San Diego and worked as a receptionist in a doctor’s office when Blair was deployed to the Pacific Theater. They returned to Golden after the war until Blair graduated from Colorado School of Mines.

Virginia loved traveling and gardening, and became a well-known Colorado abstract artist. She served on arts councils in Golden and Denver, and won many awards state-wide. Virginia moved back to Rifle with her husband 12 years ago to live out their golden years.

She is survived by daughter Pamela (John) Burwell of Steamboat Springs, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by uncle Sonny Pratt, husband; son Blair Burwell; and daughter Peggy Kasik.

Memorial contributions can be made to the E. D. Moore Care Center, 701 E. Fifth Street, Rifle, CO 61650.

Interment will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 3, at the Rose Hill Cemetery.

The Rifle Funeral Home is entrusted with all arrangements.

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