Barbara (Hall) Walford


Barbara (Hall) Walford
1926 - 2017
Barbara Jean (Hall) Walford, beloved wife of Edward Walford for nearly 70 years, passed peacefully at home on Saturday, October 21.
Barbara, born on the Fourth of July, was a firecracker full of energy, a blonde and blue-eyed beauty, a lovely lady who knew her own mind. She will be remembered for her creative energy, selfless caring, and concern for others. Mother to six, "Mamo" to eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren (so far), and "adopted" mom to many AFA cadets and their families, Barbara demonstrated unconditional love for others.
Born and raised in Washington D.C., she attended Purdue University where Ed caught the eye of his future bride. They married January 1948 at Saint Matthew's Cathedral in Washington D.C. A military spouse, Barbara relocated numerous times during her husband's career, bearing each child in a different state. Barbara was a gifted artist illustrating her children's projects, an accomplished seamstress, a master at stretching the budget, an amazing cook transforming leftovers into gourmet meals, and a crafter of unique home and holiday decorations.
An Air Force Academy assignment in 1959 led Barbara and Ed to make Colorado Springs their permanent home. Barbara designed the interior of the Rockrimmon home she shared with Ed. In recent years, she enjoyed visits with friends and family, local theatre productions, and watching wildlife outside her home. Always ready for adventure, they traveled extensively and made life-long friends around the world.
Friends and family recall how Barbara was always the first person to greet you at the door when arriving, and the last to say goodbye as you headed home.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Helen (Gainer) Hall, sister Janet Fallowfield Miles, and grandson John Schutte. She is survived by husband Edward and children Edward "Ted" Walford Jr (fiancé Sandy Pennington), Victoria Hulsey (Gary), David Walford (Stephanie Regan), Marcia Wick (Barry), Gillian Walford (Bill Kuestner), and Jennifer Walford; grandchildren Uttara and Panchali Walford, Benjamin and Gabriel Walford, Joseph Matusiak, Julianna Bustamante, and Madeline Barber; great-grandchildren Mateo, Luca, Maya, and Quinton; daughters-in-love Kulapriya Walford and Nancy Pettit; and many nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Mass will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 28 at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2650 Parish View, Colorado Springs, reception following. Memorial donations can be made to Foundation Fighting Blindness, 7168 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, MD 21046.
Published in The Gazette from Nov. 3 to Dec. 3, 2017
Arrangements under the direction of:
Swan-Law Funeral Directors
501 North Cascade Avenue | Colorado Springs, CO 80903 | (719) 471-9900
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