Lura Lewis Barnard, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2013, in Dallas, Texas. Lura was born on June 29, 1923, in Weld County, Colorado, Glen Thompson and Xola Oliver Lewis and was the middle child of three children. Lura is survived by her daughter, Rita Barnard, son, Greg Barnard, his wife, Patti Barnard, grandchildren, Justin Morrison, Caitlyn Barnard and step daughter Jocelyn Cyr. Lura was preceded in death by her daughter, Roberta Lewis Morrison (Adrian). Lura's siblings, David McKim Lewis and Glenxola Faye Selby also preceded her in death. Lura graduated from Greeley High school at the age of 16. The following year, she attended Northern Colorado University and after two and one half years, got her first job teaching school in Keota, Colorado. Lura worked at Columbia University, New York until she married Robert Jacob Hart in 1944, with whom she had two daughters, Rita and Roberta (Adrian). Lura returned to worked for the United States Air Force in the claims department, and becoming one of the first computer program analyst for the Air Force. Robert and Lura divorced in 1955. In 1960, Lura married Glen Rice Barnard. They each brought two children into the new family and then added their own son, Greg. Lura always considered her children her first priority, and now concentrated on her new family. They lived close to Randolph Air Force Base at Schertz, Texas. While her children attended school, Lura went back to college at age 50 in San Marcus. Lura received her degree in Bachelor of Science Education with honors. She returned to the work force in 1979 and became a contract negotiator for the government. Lura retired at age 62. During retirement, Lura enjoyed a close relationship with her family, sponsoring trips all over the world. Adrian, Rita and she traveled the world together during Adrian's battle with ovarian cancer. Lura had attended the Rolling Oaks Christian Church in San Antonio where she was an Elder Emeritus in the Christian (Disciples of Christ) Church. She joined the Greenland Hills Methodist Church in Dallas. At her daughter's request, Lura moved to Dallas in 1999. Lura loved attending cultural events and supported the arts. She loved spending time with her friends playing bridge, mahjong and Keno. She will be remembered for her quick wit and generosity to her friends and family. Her favorite expression was being able to "give with warm hands" and that she did. She will be buried in Evens, Colorado, next to her mother, father and sister.
Published in Dallas Morning News on Mar. 31, 2013