Barbara Cornell (1927 - 2018)

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To everything there is a season, a time for every
matter under heaven;
a time to be born,
and a time to die; a time to plant,
and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to keep, and a
time to cast away.
-Ecclesiastes

Barbara Jane Cornell, 91, of Brighton, passed away May 28. She was cared for by Avamere Care Center because of her congestive heart failure.  The Avamere commented how she had so many friends and family members that came to see her.
Barbara was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 8, 1927. Her parents divorced when she was 2, and her mother Frances Witham married Wilbur Colwell. When she was 3, they moved to Oahu, Hawaii. At 4, she contracted tuberculosis and was in and out of the hospital for two years. She was 14, she was in her backyard and the Japanese airplanes flew over her head, the start of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  
Six months later they left and moved to Denver, Cheyenne and then they settled in Fort Collins where she finished high school and went to Colorado State College for Animal Husbandry. She didn't complete her degree but she did meet her husband of 66 1/2 years. Wes Cornell and Barbara Cornell were married Sept. 1, 1951, and moved to Torrington, Wyoming. Their two children, Jon and Dianne, were born.  
In 1954, they moved to Burley, Idaho and had two more children, David and Julienne. From there they moved to Casper, Wyoming. In 1962 they moved to Thornton and, in 1979 they moved to Brighton.
Barbara always continued her love of animals and became a professional breeder of golden retrievers, smooth fox terriers and one batch of Irish setters while she was raising her children. She was a part of numerous dog organizations and belong to numerous garden club organizations.  
Survivors include her husband and their children Jon Cornell, Dianne O'Leary, David Cornell and Julienne Bosk; four granddaughters; one grandson, five great-granddaughters; and six great-grandsons. 
Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 8, at Tabor-Rice Funeral Home in Brighton, Colorado, which handled the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Hearing Dog, 5901 E. 89th Ave. Henderson 80640, or via website: https://www.hearingdog.org/how-to-help/donate.html

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Tabor Rice Funeral Home
75 S. 13th Ave
Brighton, CO 80601
(303) 654-0112
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Published in Commerce City Sentinel Express on June 12, 2018