Barbara Rudolph, 1930-2003

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Barbara Rudolph died June 3, 2003, at the Doak Walker Care Center. She was 72.

Barbara was born Aug. 24, 1930, in Wisconsin. She was adopted by Robert and Josephine Banks.

Barbara was raised in Wisconsin and Minnesota, where she graduated from St. Mary's Private School in 1948. She later moved to Colorado and attended the University of Colorado at Boulder. Barbara graduated with a bachelor's degree in physical education. She eventually earned a master's degree in teaching reading at the secondary level.

Barbara married Gerald Rudolph on June 13, 1954, in Denver. The couple later divorced.

Barbara lived in various places in Colorado including Saguache, Buena Vista, Greeley and Steamboat Springs.

She enjoyed hiking, reading and spending time outdoors and with her family. Barbara was a springboard diver, enjoyed canoeing, horseback riding and was a marksman, though she never cared for competition. She loved the mountains and woods and was very good at spotting wildlife, which she did on her many walks.

Barbara was very friendly and always had a smile on her face, but she was very private and spiritual. She loved her family and was a wonderful mother.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Barbara is survived by her adopted daughter, Nancy Johnson of Houston, Texas; two sons, Gregory Rudolph of Steamboat and Stephen Rudolph of Craig; two sisters, Marion Lamm of Guam and Kathy Taylor of Bellingham, Wash., and four grandchildren.

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