Steamboat Springs resident Jimalyn Bartholomew passed away in her sleep the morning of May 24, 2004, at Doak Walker Care Center. She was 86.
Jimalyn was born April 23, 1918, in Mount Harris to James S. and Lillie Mae Gourley. She was a native of Steamboat, where she grew up on a ranch in Pleasant Valley. She attended country schools as a child and eventually graduated from Steamboat Springs High School.
Jimalyn married Oliver W. Bartholomew on June 21, 1939, in Steamboat.
Jimalyn's home for 50 years was the Cloverdale Ranch at the intersection of Sydney Road and Colorado Highway 131, where Oliver was born and raised.
After becoming a wife and mother, Jimalyn pursued her interest in working with children. While in her 40s, she became an elementary school teacher, and she taught kindergarten and first and second grades in Oak Creek. She attended Wyoming State University in Laramie, Wyo., during the summers. She graduated with a degree in elementary education and continued to teach in Oak Creek for many years.
In 1990, Jimalyn and Oliver retired to Loveland, where she lived until 2003. She made many friends in Loveland and enjoyed playing cards, bingo and taking vacations with her friends.
Her dream was to return to Steamboat after Oliver's death in 2000. In January 2003, her family moved her back to Steamboat. She spent the remainder of her life enjoying the views of the mountains, visits from lifelong friends and the excellent care given to her at Doak Walker Care Center.
She was a member and past matron of Steamboat Springs Chapter No. 95 of the Order of Eastern Star, a Rainbow mother and member of the United Methodist Church, where she was baptized May 17, 1936.
Jimalyn was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver Bartholomew; two sisters, Aleen Brooks and Olevia Hazleton, both of Bakersfield, Calif.; and one brother, Horace Burren Gourley of Steamboat.
She is survived by three sons, Neil Bartholomew of Denver, Leonard Bartholomew and his wife, Dana, of Dallas, and James Bartholomew and his wife, Gwen, of North Hollywood, Calif.; a daughter, Karen Wardlaw and her husband, Larry, of Colleyville, Texas; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A viewing was held Saturday at Yampa Valley Funeral Home. A funeral service followed at the United Methodist Church. The Hayden Chapter No. 99 of the Order of Eastern Star provided a service at the church to honor Jimalyn. Burial is in the Steamboat Springs Cemetery next to her husband.
Memorial contributions may be made to Doak Walker Care Center in care of the Yampa Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 776090, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.