|Birth: ||Sep. 21, 1922|
Kit Carson County
|Death: ||Jun. 27, 2016|
Barbara Lee Cover Osborn Adams, 93, of Rocky Ford, died June 27, 2016. She was born Sept. 21,1922, to Lee Hulbert Cover and Helen Durbin Cover in Burlington, Colorado.
She is survived by Osborn children Katherine L. Romero, Michael D. Osborn, Carol O. Yellott (David) and Mark J. Osborn (Becky); by Adams stepchildren Larry Adams and Janet Haythorn; by sister Joan Matthew(Elvin); by Osborn grandchildren Gregg, Marisa, Barbie, Mike, Kelly, Marie, Meagan, Mary, Ashley and Daniel; by Adams grandchildren Steve, David, Brenda, Jeff, Tim, Sara, Glenn, Tammy, Shane and Aaron; and by numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family members of the Cover, Osborn, Matthew, and Adams families; and a host of friends from all over the western United States and Canada. She treasured every one of these relationships, though some she saw rarely. She loved people and made friends everywhere she went. She was preceded in death by parents, stepmother Pearl Cover, brother Durbin Cover, stepbrother Robert Steward, first husband Roy H. Osborn, second husband Glenn P. Adams, daughter B. Ann Osborn Romero, stepdaughter Barbara Meyer, and grandson Michael J. Yellott.
Barbara grew up in Rocky Ford, graduated in 1940, attended Western State College on a scholarship with the goal of becoming a teacher. Her education was interrupted by World War II, at which time she felt compelled to assist in the war effort. She attended Barnes Business School and proceeded to work in the ration offices in Manzanola and Rocky Ford. In 1942 she married Roy, who was first in the Army and then made his living farming. Barbara learned to drive a tractor to help with cultivating along with the myriad chores of farm life in the '40s, all the while raising five children. Their farms were near Manzanola and Lamar. In 1962, due to Roy's illness, she began working fulltime at the Agriculture Stabilization & Conservation office in Lamar and later Pueblo. They enjoyed respites at John Martin Reservoir and camping at San Isabel. During this time she still pursued education at the local junior college when able. Barbara married Glenn in 1965 and they returned to Rocky Ford several years later to work and finish raising their children.
When Barbara's mother no longer was able to live alone, Barbara took two years away from work to be her caregiver. With Glenn, Barbara learned to play golf and to fish. Many pleasant weekends were spent at Blue Mesa trawling for fish and enjoying the Rocky Mountains. Upon retirement Barbara needed something useful to do and began a 17-year volunteer career at Hospice in Otero County and in Casa Grande, Arizona. She was very proud of her service to these organizations. Barbara and Glenn spent six months of every year wintering in Casa Grande, where she walked, rode her bicycle, golfed, and participated in water aerobics. For years she arose quite early to secretly deliver the newspapers at the RV park right to the door of recipients. Only when Barbara left for a few days one year did park residents deduce who had been the delivery person. She quite enjoyed the secrecy of it all. Even though Barbara married two good men, neither was a dancer. Dancing was her favorite pastime, so in Casa Grande she learned to line dance and participated in a tap dancing group that performed at the county fair.
Barbara was a lifelong learner and reader with a wide variety of interests, both fiction and nonfiction. She regretted having never completed her education. She was a rule follower, but she also had an adventuresome spirit. During college she learned to rappel by practicing on the college buildings. During an actual mountain rappelling outing, one student was injured, so the others decided to stay on the mountain with him until help could arrive. She was the only girl and spent the night with several boys on the mountain, causing quite a scandal. Barbara loved to drive and loved to travel. In her lifetime she traveled from California and Washington in the west to Virginia & New England in the east and from Canada in the north to Texas in the south. At age 84 Barbara hiked to the top of Picacho Peak, 1,500 ft. above the desert floor in Arizona. At age 87 for her birthday she went sky diving. At age 90 she climbed 115 steps to the top of the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse tower in Virginia. Barbara lived independently through most of her 93rd year.
Age never slowed her down, but vision problems did. She made the decisions to stop driving and to move to Legacy Commons assisted living facility in Pueblo West. Special thanks go to the staff at Legacy Commons for the love, care and compassion given to Barbara during her two and a half months as a resident. She truly returned the sentiment and was grateful for the experience. Special thanks also to Brian Bentz NP for his exceptional medical care for her. Barbara donated her body for cancer research. She planned her own service, and per her lifelong thrifty nature, she asked that, in lieu of flowers, any memorial contributions be given to the United Methodist Women, the City Library, or the RF Ministerial Alliance at the Community Presbyterian Church, all in Rocky Ford, the little town she loved.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, at United Methodist Church in Rocky Ford.
Lee Hulbert Cover (1893 - 1984)
Roy Harold Osborn (1918 - 1965)
Glenn Perry Adams (1918 - 2006)*
Durbin P. Cover (1920 - 1978)*
Barbara Lee Cover Adams (1922 - 2016)
Body donated to medical science
Specifically: Donated for cancer research
Maintained by: Jess & Carl
Originally Created by: Patricia Cole(Gerlock)
Record added: Dec 30, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 46154404