Barbara June McDonough June 4, 1934 - April 4, 2017 My sweet mother was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 4, 1934. On April 4, 2017, in Cedaredge, CO at home, tucked in her bed and listening to all the sounds of nature just a few feet from her bed, the call came in from above. It was time to go to heaven. Barbara adored her father, Edward R. Wales, born in Delta, CO, December 13, 1910 - July 20 1987, who passed in Glendale, CA and Helen Podwolski, born in New York on November 13, 1915, passed in Pasadena, CA on September 27, 1986. Barbara was the first child of six; Rodney, Camille (passed at birth), Sandra, Dawn and Forrest. Barbara has two daughters, Michele Solem living in California and Cherie Willis living in Cedaredge, CO; five grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. For several days before her passing I opened the arcadia doors about 4 a.m., bundled her up in her bed and we watched and listened very closely. It was an unforgettable experience. We watched the sun come up and the day begin, listening to all the sounds and beauty nature had to offer. The beautiful sounds of Surface Creek held many special meanings and memories for my mother. We listened to the birds sing their songs, we discussed the sounds her favorite wind chime made blowing in the April breeze. We watched the deer feed on the corn we offered daily; watching the deer feed just a few feet from the house was always a highlight of our days in the past. We felt the cool morning breeze and noticed the green leaves beginning to bud on the trees. In the past we had enjoyed all of these same things each day but at this time it all was more vivid and magical than before. Barbara also had the gift in the days before her passing of several family members by her side holding her hand and expressing their feelings. Just as many other families here in Colorado have contributed to the Grand Junction area, these are some of the things our family takes pride in and some of the things my mother, Barbara, enjoyed; The Grand Mesa was the favorite stomping grounds for my mother and her husband, with Water Dog being the preferred fishing spot. The Gilded Cage second hand and furniture store located on the top of Fifth Street above the bridge, Barbara and her husband operated from that location for years. Barbara's passion and profession was antiques. She was an exceptional artist. She belonged to the California Button Society for many years, collecting and studying the history of buttons. While operating the Gilded Cage and living on Orchard Mesa there were lots of family close by. Just below the hill on Fifth Street was one of the first and very well known scrap yards in Grand Junction. It was originally operated by my mother's father's sister and her husband then passed down through generations. Entrepreneurship was and still is a big part of our entire family. When the family lived in California, each summer we vacationed in Colorado. Visiting relatives held many special memories. The favorite fishing spot at that time was The Fall Creek camp ground in the Telluride area. Barbara's Grandpa George Wales lived in the cabin next to the old post office in Placerville. In earlier years George Wales had a homestead on the Lone Cone and took part in the construction on the Million Dollar Highway. Edward and Bert Wales (mom's dad and uncle) helped put in the first set of windows on the VA Hospital in Grand Junction. These are just a few family memories our family takes pride in. With honor it was her time to go to heaven. She had survived major brain surgery in 2002 and cancer for the last several years of her life, with never a complaint and always the strong desire to keep going. Many people in our family say she took after her father, Edward Wales. She had his strength and wisdom. Thank you to everyone that never stopped sending my dear mother greeting cards, gifts and letters in the mail. Every single one was important. They brightened her day over and over. We kept the cards close by in a box and she constantly pulled them out and spent hours looking at them. We would like to say thank you and are very grateful for her primary doctors that helped us navigate through this journey. Dr. Bryce Lokey, Internal Medicine Montrose, CO, you were thought so highly of by both my mother and her husband, they were fond of you and when it was time to go see the doctor it was a bright spot in their day! Thank you for that Dr. Lokey. Dr. Chun Lee, San Juan Cancer Center and the staff in Montrose, CO, at the first diagnosis of cancer it was somewhat rough understanding everything, but very soon into the treatment plan you were our hope and strength. I feel your care and treatment plan gave her a significant amount of additional quality time. Thank you so much Dr. Lee. HopeWest Hospice, Delta, CO, you guys are top notch! Your compassion combined with your expertise were god sent. Crippin Funeral Home, Montrose CO, thank you for allowing me to keep my promise to my mom that I would oversee her care until the very last second of the very last day. Her cremation was beautiful and unforgettable. Though it is sad to lose someone you loved so much, I think of the beautiful gifts I have received in my life and am grateful to have had such an incredible and amazing mother that was so graceful and beautiful. To experience and witness the peaceful smile on her face until the very end will warm my heart for a lifetime. Never in my life have I ever met a woman so graceful and beautiful. She was my mom and my angel. We love you Barbara McDonough. Our hearts are filled with love and your grace will helps us keep our heads high in your honor. Aunt Mary Wales, living in Grand Junction, CO, you were very special to my mother. She spoke of you often, she loved you very much! Mom, the way you touched us all with your special qualities will never be forgotten. Love you Mom forever......xoxo The second picture is Robert McDonough, moms husband. Professor of electronics at Cal State University, master gardener, piolot, master of many trades, August 4, 1919 - December 9, 2009. Many years ago she mentioned that she wanted his picture included in her obituary. Love you Mom!
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