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Barbara Gazarian Stanford

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Special to The Aspen Times

Longtime Aspenite Barbara Gazarian Forst Martinsson McLoughlin Moore Stanford died Dec. 23, 2013 and her memorial service was May 25 at Red Butte Cemetery in Aspen where she was buried.

She was born July 6, 1928, to Kay and Hampar Theordore Gazarian in Boston, Massachusetts. After majoring in art at Boston College, she and her brother, Ted Gazarian, moved to Colorado Springs to study ice skating at The Broadmoor.

She met Raymond Forst in Colorado Springs and they were married in 1949. They had three children, Gary, Bonnie and Melanie.



Barbara moved to Aspen in 1957 and put her children in the Aspen Public Schools. In 1963 she partnered with Bil Dunaway in the radio station KSNO, selling her interest to Bil about 1978. Always physically active, Barbara was a ski instructor on Aspen Mountain and at the Highlands Ski Area. Through the years she worked at Bert Bidwell’s Ski Shop, managed the Smuggler Lodge and was a hostess at the Red Onion and the Limelite. She also had a shop in a red caboose on the Pride of Aspen Mine Dump where she custom-made ice skating outfits for local skaters. She was active in the local Armenian organization.

In 1960 she married ski instructor Arne Martinsson and they had a daughter, Toril, They also built a home in Snowbunny.




In 1966 Barbara married Tom McLaughlin and they moved to Denver with his ski business.

Returning to Aspen, Barbara lived in her home on West Smuggler. In the late 1970s she married Bob Moore and they had a restaurant in Lahina, Maui, Hawaii, from 1978 to 1981 with her son and daughter-in-law, Cathy and Gary Forst.

After selling the restaurant and returning to Aspen, Barbara married Tom Stanford in 1984 and they were married for 27 years. She and Tom worked several years on Humanitarian Ships and they always returned to their home in Aspen.

She is survived by her son, Gary Forst and his wife, Cathy, of Colorado Springs and daughters, Bonnie Cherne Gazarian of the Seattle area and Melanie Lessard of Astoria, Oregon, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


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