Barbara Dewberry, 87, passed away peacefully at home on January 31st, 2022. Barbara was a loving, feisty, and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many. Born October 16th, 1934, to Siebert and Hattie Feathers in Bristol, Virginia, Barbara spent her life doing exactly what she wanted, when she wanted. Barbara had a fierce love for education and received her degree in English. She went on to teach math and English in Virginia during the Vietnam War and later she married the love of her life, Noble “Dewey” Dewberry. The couple traveled and lived all over the east coast and southern United States following Dewey’s career as a Chief Master Sargent in the United States Airforce. They went on to have three beautiful children: Bo, Gay and Chris. In 1975 – they made Howard, Colorado their permanent home and opened their successful water well drilling company, American Drilling Service. Barbara served her community of Howard proudly as a dispatcher for the Howard Volunteer Fire Department for many years. She was also an integral part of American Drilling Service and was a staunch supporter of both Salida and Cotopaxi school districts. If you knew Barbara at all you know that she loved a late night perched at her favorite slot machine in Cripple Creek, four-hour strolls through Wal-Mart, excessively feeding her grandchildren, and a freshly lit Pall Mall between her fingers. Her family and her friends also topped her list of loves and she made it her life’s mission to remind them all how loved by her they were. . . every day. Barbara’s love came in all forms; food sent home after a cup of coffee and a visit with her in her kitchen, silly trinkets she had ordered from a random catalog on her desk, or a stern reality check when needed. To be loved by her whether you were her family, her friends, customers of American Drilling Service, an employee of Bronco Billy’s, or just a familiar face in town, felt like the eighth wonder of the world. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Dewey, mother Hattie, father Siebert, stepfather Clay Spangler, brother Kenneth, and her sister Joan. Survivors include her three children Bo (Patty) Dewberry, Gay (Scott) Dewberry-Hahn, Chris Dewberry. Grandchildren Shelby Tucker, Dillon Dewberry, Emily (Anthony) Glovan, Alexis Dewberry, Alyson Dewberry, Nash Hahn and two great grandchildren Wesley Glovan and Rayner Cope. Services will be held March 5, 2022, 1:00 p.m. at the Howard Volunteer Fire Department in Howard. In lieu of flowers the grandchildren have asked that you please call your grandma, or someone else’s grandma. Tell them you love them. Donations in Barbara’s honor can be made to the Cotopaxi School Library (P.O. Box 385, Cotopaxi, CO 81223).
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