Obituary: Barbara Stoddard
Barbara Bletsch Stoddard passed away on May 28, 2017, surrounded by family. She was born April 10, 1930, in Highland Park, Illinois, to Florence and Charles Bletsch. She had one brother Charles Bletsch Jr. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother.
Barbara loved growing up on the North Shore of Lake Michigan, until she experienced the beautiful western sky at a dude ranch in Wyoming. Because of her new love of the west, she enrolled at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, where she not only earned her teaching degree, but she met a young man named Joseph Stoddard.
The couple married in 1953, and after Joe’s service as a Navy pilot, they settled in Littleton, Colorado. Barbara was an amazing wife and a mother of four: Joseph Ely Jr., Steven Russell, Jeffery Alan, and James Marshall. Barbara showed her deep love of God and her amazing grace as she lost her second son, Steven due to an infection he caught at the hospital. Through the pain, she seemed to grow in joy and in her love for life.
Barbara used her passion and talents as a teacher of first and second-graders in Moffat County Schools. When she retired, she left a legacy of creativity, encouragement, integrity and loads of laughter. It’s a fair bet that Barbara Stoddard is on the “my favorite teacher list” for hundreds of Craig residents.
After Barbara retired, she continued to impact the Craig community through serving the Moffat County Schools Federal Credit Union, Interfaith Food Bank, volunteering in the schools, and by serving senior citizens in many ways.
Barbara is survived by three sons, ten grand children, and a growing number of great grandchildren. She was an extraordinary wife, mother, ‘granny,’ teacher, and friend.
Condolences may be mailed to Post Office Box 1209, Craig, Colorado 81626. Memorial donations may be made to Northwest Colorado Health & Hospice or LOVE Inc. for the PBJ Project in care of Grant Mortuary.