Barbara Breeding was born Aug. 13, 1932 in Las Vegas, Nev. She passed away Sept. 19, 2020. Her father worked on the Boulder Dam as an electrician and when he died in 1935 her mother moved them back to Wheatland, Wyo., to be near family.
Barbara graduated from high school there in 1950 and attended the University of Wyoming. She taught at a country school after her freshman and sophomore years. She had one student her first year and two students the second year. She graduated in 1955 and taught high school physical education and was a guidance counselor in Jackson Wyoming High School.
Barbara then attended University of Colorado where she earned a masters degree in physical education. She taught at Western State College for six years. She went to Washington State University where she earned a Ph.D. in physical education and administration. She then taught at the University of Wyoming as coordinator of women’s physical education. She promoted sports competition for women and coached basketball.
Leaving teaching in 1972 she returned to Gunnison and bought Sportsman’s Liquor. Two of the winters she coached women’s basketball at University of Denver. In 1986 she and partners opened the Western World which she ran for 30 years.
During the summers while teaching she worked in girls camps in Wyoming, Ohio, Alaska and Maine. She loved her horses, enjoyed golf and traveling to all the states.
She would like to thank her extended family, many friends and cousins for adding to a full and happy life. You know who you are.
Please, no memorial service, ashes are to be scattered over Laramie Peak. If you wish to donate, do so to the animal shelter. When you think of me, smile.