Barbara Ellen (Hatfield) Cravens
February 23, 1928 ~ February 8, 2023
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 https://secure.myvanco.com/L-YR4R/home or Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N Santa Fe Ave, Pueblo, CO 81003 https://www.sdc-arts.org/ways-give. Online condolences at www.MontgomerySteward.com
Memorial Service: April 13, 2023 1:00 pm
Ascension Episcopal Church
18th Street & Grand Ave.
Pueblo, CO 81003