Barbara Elayne Vardaman

December 12, 1933June 20, 2018
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Barbara Elayne Vardaman, age 84, of Lakewood, Colorado passed away on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Barbara was born to Harley K. and Vera Mae Parker Howard on December 12, 1933 in Shambaugh, Iowa.

Barbara was a woman of many talents. She worked in many capacities to support the activities of her children. Cub Scouts, Webelos, Brownies, Little League Baseball, softball, and Westernaires became her passion.

No matter where they lived, she worked devotedly for her church. For many years, she cooked meals at church or in her home for people in need.

Barbara valued her friends and loved spending time with them playing bridge, hand and foot, or just laughing over a meal.

Barbara is preceded in death by her parents, Harley K. and Vera Mae Parker Howard, her husband, Marion Vardaman, her brother, Harley Jr. Howard, and her nephew, Brett Howard MacDonald.

Barbara is survived by her children, Craig Lindley Vardaman (Diana Murray), Kristin Elayne Vardaman, and Curtis Alan Vardaman (Denise), and grandchildren, Justin Vardaman (Sarah), Odean Vardaman, and Shanice Vardaman, as well as great-grandchildren; Taylor, Echo, and Nadya Vardaman, and sister, Beverly MacDonald (Jerold).

A visitation will be held on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Olinger Hampden Mortuary, 8600 E. Hampden Ave. Denver, Colorado, 80231. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 29, 2018 at 2:00PM at Green Mountain United Methodist Church, 12755 W. Cedar Dr. Lakewood, CO 80228. A reception will follow in the Green Mountain United Methodist Church reception hall.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Vardaman family.


  • Harley K. Parker Howard, Father
  • Vera Mae Parker Howard, Mother
  • Marion Vardaman, Husband
  • Harley Jr. Howard, Brother
  • Brett Howard MacDonald, Nephew
  • Beverly MacDonald, Sister
  • Jerold MacDonald, Brother-in-law
  • Harriett Howard, Sister-in-law
  • Craig Vardaman, Son
  • Diana Murray, Daughter-in-law
  • Kristin Vardaman, Daughter
  • Curtis Vardaman, Son
  • Denise Vardaman, Daughter-in-law
  • Justin Vardaman, Grandson
  • Shanice Vardaman, Granddaughter
  • Odean Vardaman, Grandson
  • Taylor Vardaman, Great Granddaughter
  • Echo Vardaman, Great Granddaughter
  • Nadya Vardaman, Great Granddaughter


  • Visitation Sunday, June 24, 2018
  • Memorial Service Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Committal Service Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Reception Friday, June 29, 2018

Barbara Elayne Vardaman

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Suzan Crary-Hoover

July 29, 2018

Dear Vardaman family,
My parents, Babe and Charles Burton, were friends with Barbara and Marion when we all lived in Rapid City. I remember them playing lots of cards and games together and of course, enjoying lots of home-cooked meals! My dad passed away at age 87 last November and mom is now living in MacKenzie Place Memory Care here in Colorado Springs. Thanks for letting us know of Barbara's passing. I wish you all the best.

Randal Vardaman

June 27, 2018

I can remember vividly when Marion and Barbara were married..they appeared to be on a mission, new life, and were full of confidence...they did achieve much of their goals in life.. Barbara was a wonder cook, and always wanted you to sit at the table..we enjoyed conversations and laughed..she loved her family and truly cared about their well being..She will be missed..she is the last of that generation on our side of the family. we are with the children as they celebrate their mother and her passing

George & Saralee Wallen

June 24, 2018

We have many fond memories of Barb and Marion. We always had a meal before we played many bridge games and celebrating someone's birthday or anniversary. We enjoyed the bridge group travel to Branson, MO just to have fun and play bridge. A very fun couple!

Barbara Sharp

June 23, 2018

To all the Family,
My husband and I would like to express our heartfelt thoughts of sympathy to everyone. Cherish all the happy memories that Barbara has helped create with all of you over her lifetime. She was always so open and friendly. Her friendship means a lot to us. I remember so well what a great organizer she was. She always stayed on top of things and always got the job done no matter what. We will miss her greatly as I know all of you will. May God bless you and be with all of you at this time.