Barbara J. Eberling

barbara eberling

August 4, 1932 ~ March 17, 2021

Born in: Pueblo, Colorado
Resided in: Silver Cliff, Colorado

Barbara Eberling
Barb passed March 17, 2021, at age 88. Kind and caring and full of love, she saw things from the other person’s perspective and never passed judgement on others. She was loved by all who knew her and most especially by her family. Barb was an accomplished ice skater, skier, bridge player and flower gardener. She could also play a good hand of poker.
Barb was born in Pueblo on August 4, 1932 to Hank and Stevie Showalter, the eldest of her two sisters Patty Marions and Sharon Vernon. After graduating as valedictorian of Central High School in 1950 she married Walt Eberling and gave birth to Steve and Kathy. As a young mother Barb worked as a secretary at Rocky Mountain Ice and then Sommerlid elementary school. After their kids graduated college, Walt and Barb moved to Silver Cliff where they purchased a liquor store and built a motel and mobile home park. Their business enterprise was quite successful, allowing them to sell the motel and liquor store in 1986. Shortly thereafter Walt died in a boating accident while the couple was vacationing in Canada. Two years later Barb reunited with and married her high school sweetheart Don Shipler with whom she shared 20 years before Don passed.
Barb continued to own and operate Eberling Mobile Home Park until she was 85 years of age. She remained in her beloved home in Silver Cliff at the base of the majestic Sangre de Cristo mountains until just three months prior to passing. Barb loved “the Cliffs” and contributed to her community in many ways. Barb and her friend Alice French were instrumental in establishing the Westcliffe library and she served as a trustee on the Library Board for twelve years. Barb served as a trustee on the Silver Cliff Town Board for thirteen years. She was also a member of Columbine Club and various bridge clubs.
Graveside gathering at the Silver Cliff Cemetery, March 27, 2021, at noon followed by lunch at Barb’s house. Online condolences,

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  1. Dear Steve, Kathy and Jen,
    We are very sorry for the loss of your Mother. She was always very nice to all of our family and my parents thought very highly of her. Take care and God Bless.
    Dave and Cathy Dehn

  2. Sorry for your family loss. Barb was secretary at Somerlid when my 2 boys were there. Donna Seilheimer was my son, Brent Denney’s teacher. Barb was a wonderful lady.

  3. Barb was kindness embodied, with a unique perspective and understanding of the human condition.
    Condolences, Steve and Kathy. Your mom will always be fondly remembered in our family.

    • Thanks, Jerry. You were always one of mom’s favorite people. She was delighted when you visited. Mom is still with us, embodied in the magnificent Sangre De Cristo mountains.

  4. Fond memories of Barb at Somerlid. She was always smiling, kind and helpful.
    She looks the same in the obit picture as she did 50 years ago – a tribute to her beautiful soul. May you be blessed by cherished memories and hold them always close to your hearts.

    • Thanks, Donna – mom loved working at Sommerlid with all of you wonderful teachers and those mischievous kids!

  5. Kathy and Jen – The Town of Silver Cliff is saddened by the loss of your Mother. She was an incredible lady and her dedication and contributions to our Town and residents will not be forgotten. Please let me know if the Town or I can do anything for you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

    H.A> “Buck” Wenzel

  6. Kathleen and Jennifer- Thinking of you and sending warm wishes for peace and fond memories.
    Scott and Jan Epstein

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