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, both age 59, of Elmwood, Okla., died March 28, 2007, on their ranch when a deadly tornado destroyed their home.

Barbara was born Sept. 8, 1947, to Archie and Fern Davisson in rural Akron, Colo. She attended grade school at Victory until the schools consolidated, and then she rode a bus to Akron. She graduated from Akron High School in 1965.

Barbra joined 4-H at age 9, and continued it through college. She had a deep love of horses and horse competitions. Barbra was chosen as Round-Up Queen in 1966.

She attended Ambassador College in Big Sandy, Texas, where she received an extensive Christian education. She met her husband, Vance, there, whom she was married to for nearly 40 years.

Victor “Vance” Woodbury was born Dec. 29, 1947, to LeDru and Shirley Woodbury of rural Oklahoma. He moved with his family to the Front Range of Colorado in his late teens. After high school, Vance also attended Ambassador College, working on the college ranch.

After Vance and Barbra married in 1968, they settled south of Beaver, Okla., where Vance worked for the Barbe Ranch. Four children were born there, and after they were all in school, Barbra began driving school bus, which she did for over 10 years.

They bought their own ranch later on near the old Woodbury ranch. Vance operated a road grader for Beaver County, and had worked there for the last 15 years. Barbra started a small business from their home. She also raised chickens for meat and eggs that she sold to customers. They started a cow herd 37 years ago, and continued to improve it by adding Purebred Angus Cattle over the years. Barbra’s home business provided her opportunity to travel to many places in nearby tri-state areas. She also cleaned offices and homes in the town of Beaver.

The couple supported their children, as well as the community, by always being a part of 4-H clubs, schools, and churches. Barbra actively helped the Beaver County Fair by working in the Poultry and School Department for many years.

They enjoyed helping the elderly, visiting with them, and Vance would lead them in Bible studies.

Left to lovingly remember them and the lives they lived are their children and families: a son, Army Sergeant Curtis Woodbury, who was serving in Afghanistan when he was notified of his parents’ deaths, wife Jolynda, and children Levi, Lindsey, Becca and Jessica of Hooker, Okla.; son Brad Woodbury and wife Carissa, and daughters Carmen, Brittani and Amy of Guymon, Okla.; daughter Vicki and husband Troy Shook, and their son Alex, of Sayer, Okla. They are also survived by Barbra’s mother, Fern of Akron, and Vance’s dad Le Dru Woodbury of Grand Junction, Colo.; and numerous other family members and friends.

Services were held April 2 in Beaver. They were buried next to their son, Scott Frank, in Pioneer Cemetery.

, age 82, of Carr, Colo., died Jan. 15, 2007, in Mesa, Ariz.

He was born in Cornish, Colo., to Wilbur and Ruth (Evans) Thomas. In 1932, when Lloyd was 8 years old, he rode with his family on the last major cattle drive across the state of Wyoming, from Point of Rocks, Colo., to Lodgegrass, Mont. In April of 1934, he moved to Carr with his family. He attended Carr High School through the 11th grade, and graduated from College High School in Greeley, Colo.

Lloyd married Marjorie J. Shelenberger in Carr on June 25, 1944. They moved to Plankinton, S.D., where he managed family-owned grain elevators for nine years.

They returned to Carr, this time with two new additions to the family, Larry and Luanne, in 1953, to manage and operate the family ranch. He also worked full time for the Union Pacific Railroad in Cheyenne, Wyo., from 1955 to 1975.

Lloyd was a professional cowboy, cattle rancher, and farmer. He enjoyed taking his cattle to the National Western Stock Show for many years, showing and selling them there. He was a compassionate person, and always was willing to help others in any way that he could. He enjoyed doing silversmith work, breaking horses and square dancing. He loved his children, and spent time with his grandchildren, teaching them to ride horses and to love the outdoors. He spent the last 10 years learning to play the electric organ, and he enjoyed spending the winters in Mesa, Ariz., since 1978. Lloyd had been a 4-H leader for many years, and was a Mason member for over 50 years.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Marjorie Thomas of Carr; son Larry Thomas and wife Judy of Cheyenne, Wyo.; daughter Luanne and husband Dave Cozad of Colorado Springs, Colo.; grandsons Jeff Cozad and wife Mollie of Greeley, Colo., and Todd Cozad and wife Tiffany of Colorado Springs; a great-grandchild, Evan Cozad of Greeley; and a niece, Beverly and husband Tom Collier of Tucson, Ariz.

Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, June Lehr.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Hospice of the Valley Arbor House, 6063 Arbor Ave., Bldg. B, Mesa, Ariz., 85206; or to the American Lung Association of Colorado, 5600 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Greenwood Village, Colo., 80111.

, age 88, of Longmont, Colo., died March 16, 2007, at Applewood Living Center.

He was born May 4, 1918, in Gering, Neb., to Harry O. and Hattie (Burkman) Brock. He graduated from Morrill High School.

Harlan Betty Ella May Barnes on Jan. 1, 1938.

He helped build and worked in the Chester B. Brown Bean Company in Morrill, where he became manager of the sorting and handling of Government beans. In 1946, he took a job with Craig Electric in Gering, Neb. He managed the branch office in Lingle, Wyo.

Harlan became the assistant electrician for the Town of Morrill Light and Power, and was the Volunteer Fire Chief. In 1951, the family moved to Bailey, Colo., to manage the Tomahawk Ranch. He purchased five cows from the neighbor, which started his long and prosperous dairy career. From 1952 to 1972, the family worked together to make the Mile High Swiss Dairy Farm at Erie, Colo., one of the premier registered pure breed Brown Swiss dairies in the United States. Upon selling the cows, he worked as a field man for the Mountain Empire Dairy Association, and served as Membership Relations Director until his retirement in 1983.

Harlan moved to Erie and was mayor from 1973 through 1979. His first wife Betty Ella May died in 1986.

He married Betty Sterkel on July 3, 1987, and moved to Longmont, Colo. Together they started a career for the Medicine Bow National Forest in Wyoming as Visitor Center Hosts for 14 years. Harlan and Betty both received the Chief of the Forest Service Volunteer Program National Awards for 1998.

Harlan is survived by his wife, Betty Lou; two sons, Kenneth L. Brock of Allenspark, Colo., and Terry Brock and wife Toni of Cambridge, Ill.; daughters Danna and husband Scott Roy of Torrington, Wyo., and Kay and husband Ron Silvrants of Spokane, Wash.; two step-sons, Craig Sterkel of Longmont, and Steven Sterkel and wife Michelle of Erie; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Dale Brock and wife June of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Duane Brock of Washington, Iowa.

, age 66, of Pierce, Colo., passed away in the presence of her family on April 14, 2007, at Hospice Inpatient Unit at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo. She fearlessly battled cancer for two years before peacefully retiring to a place where the horrible disease could no longer reach her.

She was born to Thomas and Florence “Red” (Carroll) Black in Charlotte, N.C., on June 28, 1940.

Patsy married Buck Moskalski on April 2, 1960. They spent years in Virginia, California, Illinois, Texas, and Greeley, Colo., before moving near Pierce on the Bar Lazy “P” Ranch. She attended Lees-McRae College and went on to the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, where she became a medical technologist. She did virus research before becoming a full-time mother, homemaker, and most recently, a cowgirl.

Patsy was well-known for her love of all things Western. She was a member of Weld County Cattle Women, Questers, Old Buckers, Wranglers, the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) and the American Scotch Society. She volunteered tirelessly for the Greeley Independence Stampede for a number of years, garnering accolades that included becoming the first woman on the Stampede Committee, as well as serving as Grand Marshall with her husband, Buck.

She was buoyed by all her friends, and especially those from SNIPS sewing club and the Charlotte Central High School class of ’58, who provided her with the greatest strength and the will to fight on. Their uplifting devotion helped her more than they will ever know.

Patsy is survived by her dear husband, Elton “Buck” Moskalski; son Mike and wife Janet of Evans, Colo., and Eric and wife Tommie of Loveland; grandsons Cody and Mason, and granddaughters Cassidy and Sierra-Lynne; a brother, Thomas Black Jr. and wife Lynn of Sharon, S.C.; and her various and assorted critters: Shamrock, Clyde, Reba, Red, Co, Spook, Suds and Petticoat.

She left instructions to invite all her friends to a celebration of her life where there would be “no moping around like a bunch of sissies.” The celebration was held on April 19 at the Island Grove Exhibition Building in Greeley.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice and Palliative Care of Northern Colorado, or the American Cancer Society in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631.

, age 88, of Longmont, Colo., died March 16, 2007, at Applewood Living Center.

He was born May 4, 1918, in Gering, Neb., to Harry O. and Hattie (Burkman) Brock. He graduated from Morrill High School.

Harlan Betty Ella May Barnes on Jan. 1, 1938.

He helped build and worked in the Chester B. Brown Bean Company in Morrill, where he became manager of the sorting and handling of Government beans. In 1946, he took a job with Craig Electric in Gering, Neb. He managed the branch office in Lingle, Wyo.

Harlan became the assistant electrician for the Town of Morrill Light and Power, and was the Volunteer Fire Chief. In 1951, the family moved to Bailey, Colo., to manage the Tomahawk Ranch. He purchased five cows from the neighbor, which started his long and prosperous dairy career. From 1952 to 1972, the family worked together to make the Mile High Swiss Dairy Farm at Erie, Colo., one of the premier registered pure breed Brown Swiss dairies in the United States. Upon selling the cows, he worked as a field man for the Mountain Empire Dairy Association, and served as Membership Relations Director until his retirement in 1983.

Harlan moved to Erie and was mayor from 1973 through 1979. His first wife Betty Ella May died in 1986.

He married Betty Sterkel on July 3, 1987, and moved to Longmont, Colo. Together they started a career for the Medicine Bow National Forest in Wyoming as Visitor Center Hosts for 14 years. Harlan and Betty both received the Chief of the Forest Service Volunteer Program National Awards for 1998.

Harlan is survived by his wife, Betty Lou; two sons, Kenneth L. Brock of Allenspark, Colo., and Terry Brock and wife Toni of Cambridge, Ill.; daughters Danna and husband Scott Roy of Torrington, Wyo., and Kay and husband Ron Silvrants of Spokane, Wash.; two step-sons, Craig Sterkel of Longmont, and Steven Sterkel and wife Michelle of Erie; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Dale Brock and wife June of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Duane Brock of Washington, Iowa.

, age 66, of Pierce, Colo., passed away in the presence of her family on April 14, 2007, at Hospice Inpatient Unit at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo. She fearlessly battled cancer for two years before peacefully retiring to a place where the horrible disease could no longer reach her.

She was born to Thomas and Florence “Red” (Carroll) Black in Charlotte, N.C., on June 28, 1940.

Patsy married Buck Moskalski on April 2, 1960. They spent years in Virginia, California, Illinois, Texas, and Greeley, Colo., before moving near Pierce on the Bar Lazy “P” Ranch. She attended Lees-McRae College and went on to the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, where she became a medical technologist. She did virus research before becoming a full-time mother, homemaker, and most recently, a cowgirl.

Patsy was well-known for her love of all things Western. She was a member of Weld County Cattle Women, Questers, Old Buckers, Wranglers, the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) and the American Scotch Society. She volunteered tirelessly for the Greeley Independence Stampede for a number of years, garnering accolades that included becoming the first woman on the Stampede Committee, as well as serving as Grand Marshall with her husband, Buck.

She was buoyed by all her friends, and especially those from SNIPS sewing club and the Charlotte Central High School class of ’58, who provided her with the greatest strength and the will to fight on. Their uplifting devotion helped her more than they will ever know.

Patsy is survived by her dear husband, Elton “Buck” Moskalski; son Mike and wife Janet of Evans, Colo., and Eric and wife Tommie of Loveland; grandsons Cody and Mason, and granddaughters Cassidy and Sierra-Lynne; a brother, Thomas Black Jr. and wife Lynn of Sharon, S.C.; and her various and assorted critters: Shamrock, Clyde, Reba, Red, Co, Spook, Suds and Petticoat.

She left instructions to invite all her friends to a celebration of her life where there would be “no moping around like a bunch of sissies.” The celebration was held on April 19 at the Island Grove Exhibition Building in Greeley.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice and Palliative Care of Northern Colorado, or the American Cancer Society in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631.

, age 92, of Longmont, Colo., died April 18, 2007, at HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties Care Center in Louisville, Colo.

She was born Aug. 10, 1914, in Johnstown, Colo., to Oscar and Helen (Dick) Decenick.

Martha moved to Longmont in 1927. She married Oscar H. Bloom on Feb. 10, 1935, in Longmont. She was a homemaker and a farmer’s wife.

She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, the Altar and Rosary Society, Legion of Mary Auxiliary, and Chapman Extension Club. Martha loved to travel, and babysit her grandchildren.

Martha is survived by two sons, Larry D. Bloom and his wife Donna of Longmont, and Bob G. Bloom and his wife Louise of Goodyear, Ariz.; nine grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Oscar in 1980; her parents; two brothers, Frank and Albert Decenick; two sisters, Mary Allen and Margaret Beauprez.

Mass of the Resurrection was held on April 24 in Longmont, with interment at Foothills Garden of Memory.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the OUR Center and sent in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel.

, age 80, of Eaton, Colo., died April 20, 2007, at her home.

She was born in Kersey, Colo., on Aug. 31, 1926, to Conrad and Katherine (Sinner) Herbst. She attended Valley View School, and graduated from Kersey High School in 1944.

Lillian married David Kreps Jr. in Greeley on Nov. 22, 1946. Following their wedding, the couple moved to Galeton, where they farmed, dairied and ranched.

Lillian volunteered in the community, and was a charter member of the Galeton Willy Workers Extension Club.

She is survived by one son, Ron Kreps and wife Jan of Galeton; daughters Lori and husband Mark Cronquist, and Pat and husband Tom Sullivan, all of Greeley, Colo.; and six grandchildren: Jerod Cronquist and Adam Cronquist, both of Greeley, Heath Cronquist of Fort Collins, Colo., Kimberly and Jeremy Helzer of Windsor,

Colo., and Julie Kreps and Rick Kreps, both of Fort Collins; and two great-grandaughters, Lily Grace Helzer and Mayzie McKenna Helzer. She is also survived by one brother, Herald Herbst and wife Lucille of Eaton, and one sister, Ruth Coppage of Littleton, Colo., as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were held on April 26 in Greeley. Interment took place at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Greeley.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Hospice and Palliative Care of Northern Colorado, or the Galeton Fire Department in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80634. Friends who wish may visit an online memorial at http://www.mem.com.