Barbara Ellen (Hatfield) Cravens

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February 23, 1928 ~ February 8, 2023

Born in: South Bend, Indiana
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Barbara Ellen (Hatfield) Cravens, 94, passed away on Feb. 8, 2023. She was born in South Bend, Ind. on Feb. 23, 1928, to Frances M. Rist and Virgil L. Hatfield. A graduate (Magna Cum Laude) of Hanover College (Indiana), class of 1950, she was employed by Carter Oil Company in Denver, Colo. She married Jackson Riley Cravens on April 5, 1952, at Iliff Seminary in Denver. They had three sons, Dixon R (Laura), The Rev. James O. (Mary Kay), and David M. (Karen); and five grandchildren, Natalie, Rachael, Rachelle, Madeline, and Gregory.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jackson; parents; stepfather, Robert Dowden; and sister, Marjorie Wagner.

Barbara and Jackson raised their family in Pueblo. She was employed as news director of the Colorado State Fair and later by the Pueblo Library District. She established an art and music department there, subsequently becoming Chief of Administrative Services.

She was a member of Phi Mu Fraternity, the American Association of University Women, and served on the boards of the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Administrative Management Society, League of Women Voters, Pueblo Philharmonic Symphony, and the YWCA. As a parishioner at Ascension Episcopal Church, she was a member of the Altar Guild, Clerk of the Vestry, Co-Chair of the Pastoral Care Commission, and served on the Discernment Task Force.

Memorial service, 1 p.m. April 13, 2023, at Ascension Episcopal Church, Pueblo. Memorials may be made to Ascension Episcopal Church, 420 W 18th St, Pueblo, CO 81003 or Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N Santa Fe Ave, Pueblo, CO 81003 Online condolences at


Memorial Service: April 13, 2023 1:00 pm

Ascension Episcopal Church
18th Street & Grand Ave.
Pueblo, CO 81003


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  1. Bobbie was my sisters Godmother and a significant part of our childhood. My deepest sympathy to my dear friends Dixon, Jim, and David. The escapades of our childhood put many gray hairs on our poor parents heads. The memories we all shared as children will likely live on in stories told for generations!

  2. My sympathy to all the family. Barbara was my neighbor and friend for over 50 years. My mother and she shared the same birthday. I babysat her children. Barbara was so proud of all her children and grand children. I enjoyed our conversations, she enjoyed sharing their accomplishments and special celebrations be it a graduation, wedding or just a visit. She and I both enjoyed working in our yards and being outside soaking up the sun. It was a moment when we could catch up and have a laughter or two over pull out the weeds. May God be with you all, as he holds you in his hands, and gives you comfort. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  3. Dixon and David,
    Your mom was such a light at church-loved hearing her laugh! My prayers are with you and your family. I wish you all peace,

    Lynn Logan Chavez

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