Barbara C. Brelsford |

Barbara C. Brelsford

Barbara Craven Brelsford, 83, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 11, in Sun City, Ariz. She was born on March 19, 1924 in Summerfield, Kan. Barbara and Clifford married on June 1, 1948, and had known each other since they were in fourth grade. Her life was one of devoted and selfless service to her family and to humanity.

She graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in home economics and a B.S. in nursing from the University of Kansas. In 1957, she and her family moved from Kansas to Aspen. Barbara and Clifford owned the Glory Hole Motel at the base of Little Nell until 1962. Then, she was the only nurse at the Aspen Clinic with Drs. Whitcomb, Gould and Oden. She was a Blue Lady at the hospital and involved with various community charities and groups.

Cliff and Barbara retired in Sun City, Ariz., in 1978. Barbara used her nursing skills to teach, to heal and to help others in their passage to a better place through more than two decades of dedicated service through hospice. Barbara’s last words typified her life: “Keep smiling,” she said. We carry her smile with us always.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Clifford D. Brelsford; daughters Crystal Zevon and Caren von Gontard; grandchildren Ariel Zevon and Paul von Gontard; and great-grandsons Max and Gus Zevon-Powell. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Eve’s Place, P.O. Box 8331, Surprise, AZ 85374 (, or to Chapter CC PEO, Program for Continuing Education, c/o Shirley Dail, 10238 White Mountain Road, Sun City, AZ 85351.