Obituary: Barbara Anderson |

Obituary: Barbara Anderson

Longtime valley resident Barbara Anderson died on Monday, Nov. 17, after a long battle with cancer. She was 63.

Barbara was born in Ashton, Idaho, on May 8, 1940, to Robert J. and Edith E. Timmons. Barbara attended the University of Idaho, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics and met and married Twirp Anderson.

After spending several years in the Pacific Northwest, where Barbara taught home economics and English, Barbara and Twirp moved to Aspen in 1969 and then settled in Carbondale in 1977.

Barbara gave up teaching to become an Avon Lady during the 1970s and ’80s, followed by a brief career in real estate at the Real Estate Corner in Carbondale.

In 1994, she opened the Novel-Tea Bookstore in Carbondale. In 2001, her daughter, Wendy Anderson, took over the store.

Barbara is survived by Wendy and son-in-law (in spirit) Greg Forbes, son Eric Anderson, granddaughter Annika Mae, daughter-in-law Natalie Anderson, and ex-husband Twirp Anderson, all of Carbondale; daughter Heidi Anderson Humbeutel and son-in-law Paul Humbeutel of Denver, and sister Linda Timmons Hossner of Fort Collins.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and brother Robert J. Timmons Jr. of Ashton, Idaho.

A memorial service was held Saturday at Crystal Meadows Senior Housing in Carbondale.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Barbara can be made to Carbondale Senior Housing Corp. (CSHC), 1250 Hendrick Drive, Carbondale, CO 81623.

The family wishes to express gratitude for all those who provided support and companionship to Barbara throughout this journey. Her strong will and inspiration will be her lasting legacy for all who knew her.

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