Barbara B. Rudolph


Craig resident Barbara B. Rudolph died Tuesday, June 3, 2003, at the Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs. She was 72.

Rudolph was born Aug. 24, 1930, in Wisconsin. She was adopted by Robert and Josephine Banks and was raised in Wisconsin and Minnesota where she graduated from St. Mary's private school in 1948. She later moved to Colorado where she attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated with a bachelor's degree in physical education. She later obtained her master's degree in teaching reading at the secondary level.

She married Gerald Rudolph on June 13, 1954, in Denver, Colo. They were later divorced.

Rudolph lived in various places in Colorado, including Saguache, Buena Vista, Greeley and mostly in Steamboat Springs. She enjoyed hiking, reading, being outdoors and being with her family. She was a natural athlete and at an unusually early age, she learned to be an excellent swimmer, springboard diver, canoeist, horseback rider and marksman, but she never cared for competition. She loved the mountains and woods and was very good at spotting wildlife and loved to do so on her many walks.

She was friendly, always had a smile and was a very private and spiritual person. She loved her family and was a wonderful mother.

Rudolph is survived by her adopted daughter, Nancy (Stephen) Johnson, of Houston, Texas; sons Gregory (Christy) Rudolph, of Steamboat Springs and Stephen Rudolph, of Craig; grandchildren Adriana, Brittney, Kaitlyn and Erik; sisters Marion Lamm, of Guam, and Kathy Taylor, of Bellingham, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

There were no services.

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