Barbara Kay Miley

September 13th, 1941October 21st, 2015

Barb, affectionately nicknamed “Bossy, Sassy Big Toot” by her mother,  passed away in Lafayette Colorado on October 21st at 74 after deciding that she had had darn well enough of ALS.  After growing up in Coshocton, Ohio with her parents Lola and Victor and brother David, she spent more than 50 years in Colorado, settling in Boulder after being inspired by the beautiful vistas and sunshine on a trip west with her husband, Edward, in 1966.  She graduated from nursing school at Ohio State University, qualifying for Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society.  She nursed, taught nursing and later became a realtor, living up to her nickname and making lifelong friends with her colleagues, real estate clients and neighbors who admired her big heart, humor and independence.
 
Her greatest joy may have come from being a devoted and special Grammy to her 5 grandsons, Nathan, Trent, Mitchell, Tasman and Zane.  Their big hugs, sticky hands and messy faces among the vibrant colors and festive furniture she painted herself at her home in Lafayette made for many perfect afternoons that made her just want to burst with love. 
 
Barb had 3 special men in her life, Ed, Jim and Wayne, all of whom she dearly loved and forgave as necessary, as she hoped they would do for her.  Her three children, Jill, Brent and JoEllen and their spouses, Sylvia and Chris, always knew her love and support was unconditional and ever present. She tried to spread this to others as well, mentoring at-risk young women through the I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County.
 
Thank you to all who made her life full and helped her in these past difficult months.
Services
We will be hosting an open house (of course!) from 1-4PM on Tuesday, October 27th at 944 Garfield Avenue in Louisville to celebrate Barb’s life.  Some remarks will be made at 3PM.  Attendees are asked to bring a photo with Barb labeled with name(s) on the back that we can keep for the celebration.
 
In lieu of flowers please drink a glass of white wine and toast to Barb!  Donations also accepted on Barb’s behalf to The I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County at www.ihadboulder.org or the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the ALS Association at 10855 Dover Street, Suite 500, Westminster, CO 80021.
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