Barbara Hartford

November 25, 2012 • Obituaries


A celebration of life for Barbara Hartford, 78, of [auth] Roswell, will be held Monday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m., at Christ’s Church with Pastor Lonnie Owens officiating. Barbara went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, in Lubbock, Texas.

Barbara was born June 18, 1934, to Howard and Elsie Stoker in Chicago, Ill. She moved to New Mexico in 1951 and married William Hartford July 1, 1955, in Roswell. They raised their family in Albuquerque and moved back to Roswell in 1988. She was a member of Christ’s Church, Pecos Valley Quilters, Misslamo Extension Club, Jingle Bob Telephone Pioneers, Tops Club and volunteered as a “Pink Lady” at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center.

Barbara was a seamstress and quilter who also made cards and other crafts, and loved to pass both the crafts and the craft to others. When she wasn’t doing those things, she loved to work puzzles and read. She had a heart for helping others, and if she received a request for prayer, she would stop whatever she was doing to pray.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband William Hartford, of the family home; two sons, Mark Hartford and his wife Janan, of Affton, Mo.; Paul Hartford and his wife Theresa, of Plymouth, Minn.; one daughter, Anne Hartford, of Roswell; step-daughter Cris D’Elena and her husband Henry, of Garland, Texas; six granddaughters, two great-grandsons, three great-granddaughters; her brother Howard Stoker and his wife Annette, of Knoxville, Tenn.; numerous nieces and nephews, including a close nephew Bill Berckes and his wife Connie and their children, of Roswell.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Elsie Stoker and her sister Jane Berckes.

Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories in the online register book at

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to either Harvest Ministries of Roswell ( or Samaritan’s Purse (

Services are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.

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