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Alice Bamford - November 26, 2009


Alice Catherine (Taylor) Bamford, 91, of Haxtun, died Nov. 26, 2009 in Haxtun.

Alice was born May 2, 1918 south of Paoli to Ira J. and Isabelle (Hamilton) Taylor. She grew up and attended schools in Paoli and Haxtun until her mother died in the spring of 1932.

She then attended three years of high school and two years of college as a boarding student at Colorado Women’s College in Denver. In 1940 she received her baccalaureate degree in liberal arts at the University of Redlands near San Bernardino, Calif.

In her early life Alice was associated with her father in his farming and business interests.

Her first teaching job was at Pagosa Springs, followed by a teaching position at Sedgwick and numerous others through the years in high schools both in Haxtun and Holyoke. Her areas of teaching included English, speech and drama; plus she became a school librarian toward the end of her professional career.

In April of 1946 she married Galen Bamford following his discharge from the Army at the end of WW II. Initially they lived in Rapid City, S.D., moving to Sterling and Willard for a short time prior to returning to Phillips County in 1953.

Alice served on the Haxtun Library Board for 12 years, and the Northeastern Colorado Library Advisory Board for five years. She was active in the United Methodist Church at the local, conference and jurisdictional levels. She served as a member of the Western Jurisdiction Board of Directors Small Church Center in Filer, Idaho; and was past chairperson of Town/Country Small Membership Churches Member Network. She was president of the local Haxtun United Methodist Women group as well as president of the Cheyenne District UMW and as such was a member of the Rocky Mountain Conference Board of UMW. She also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Iliff School of Theology in Denver.

Alice and Galen traveled throughout the United States including Hawaii, and made trips to Europe, Canada, Mexico, Egypt, Israel and Eastern Africa. In the 1970s, they represented the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church, along with Bishop Melvin E. Wheatley, in a special affiliation and visit with Lawi Imathiu, the Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Nairobi and a member of the Kenya Parliament. This was the beginning of the Methodist Church Kenya Partnership—now called the Africa Partnership—which has sponsored over 150 work team members to visit Kenya during the last 30 years.

Alice was at the Hamilton family’s ancestral home area on the isle of Aran, Scotland as she conducted research for the book that she wrote and published: Belle, a Scottish Lass, a Colorado Pioneer. She also pulled together facts on the history of Paoli and printed a copy of that work.

She was a founder and officer in the Phillips County Historical Society & Museum, and helped establish that organization’s museum in Holyoke. She also served as a member of the board of directors for the Colorado Historical Society. She was a 67-year member of P.E.O. Sisterhood, and 71-year member of Order of Eastern Star and held numerous offices in those organizations. Alice was an avid reader and book reviewer and made presentations throughout Northeastern Colorado for over 50 years.

Alice had a passion for the Phillips County Literacy project and served 12 years as president of the board of directors of Phillips County Family Educational Services, Inc. She was also a member and past officer of both the Haxtun Commercial Club Auxiliary and Northeast Colorado Cowbelles.

She was a collector of antiques, stamps and coins. She loved to play bridge and cherished the opportunities it opened to her for fun and fellowship as well as making lasting friendships.

Alice is survived by her children: Greg (Trudy) Bamford of Gilbert, Ariz., Vicki (Jerry) Covey of Downingtown, Pa. and Kent (Naida) Bamford of Haxtun; six grandsons; eight great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Lois Bamford of Arvada and Opal Rosenbach of Aurora; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

Funeral service was Tuesday, Dec. 1 at Haxtun United Methodist Church with Pastor Keith Hudiburgh officiating. Interment followed in the Haxtun Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Haxtun United Methodist Church Centennial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 145, Haxtun, CO 80731.

Gerk Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.