Jacqueline J. Barden, 75, of Julesburg, passed away September 11, 2023, at Melissa Memorial Hospital in Holyoke.
Jackie was born June 3, 1948, in Ovid, Colorado, to Charles and Edna Mae (Lammers) Haag as the youngest of their nine children. She attended school in Ovid.
In 1964, Jackie married Don Hirschfeld, and they welcomed a son, Jim. In 1968, she married Steve Schwartz, and they were blessed with three more children: Eric, Amy, and Carrie. For many years, Jackie and Steve farmed and raised grain and livestock in Chappell and Lisco, NE. She was a native "farm girl" and drove grain trucks, tractors, fixed fences, and all the other daily activities of raising kids and livestock. Jackie was undoubtedly a "Jack of all Trades".
Jackie briefly moved to Fort Collins in the late 1980s, where she often worked two or three jobs at a time. She owned a home and business cleaning service, drove school bus, assembled tooth care products, provided food service and worked in a care facility. Her hard work ethic has always been an integral part of who she was.
In 1992, Jackie married Norm Barden; by this union, Jackie gained another mom, Lee; two children, Rhia Young and Rodger, and additional grandchildren, Malorie Schmid and Murphy Young.
Jackie was crafty, clever, and creative. Over the years, she remodeled several homes. She reupholstered and refinished furniture. Together, Jackie and Norm renovated and opened Gateway Antiques and Charlie's Java.
Jackie loved making things. She sewed clothing, dolls, blankets, curtains, and countless costumes. She designed and created from scratch a Lion Mascot for the Julesburg High School. Jackie was generous, and she had a heart for helping others. This included several foster children and disabled adults. Jackie only knew how to cook for large quantities of people, so having family and friends over often was a common occurrence.
Jackie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Norm Barden; and six siblings: Glen, Marjorie, Max, Alice, Florence, and Linda.
Survivors include her children, James (Jennifer) Schwartz of Julesburg, Eric Schwartz of Zumbrota, MN; Amy (David) Young-Stoeckl of Sequim, WA; Carrie (Nate) Schwartz-Hofferman of Papillion, NE; children of the heart, Rhia Young of Scottsbluff, and her children Mallory and Murphy and their families, Roger (Tawnya) Barden of Three Rivers, MI; grandchildren/great-grandchildren, Jon (Amanda), Christina, Colt (Heather); Cadence, Paisley, Delaney, and Royce; Keyanna, Harper, and Quade; Cameron (Amber), Stephanie (Devon), Erika (Blayne), Andi, and Melanie; Michael and Ezra; Kyler, Aubree, and Quinnlyn; Aidan, Ethan, and Emiline. Survivors also include her sister, Stella (Larry) Lamm of Richland, WA; brother, Rex (Celiah) Haag of Broomfield, CO, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A memorial has been established in Jackie's memory for later designation. Condolences may be shared at prairiehillsjulesburg.com, where the services will be streamed live.
Services will be on Friday, September 15, 2023, at 10 a.m. at the Julesburg Christian Church with Pastor Alan Harris officiating. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery at Julesburg.
Memorial book signing will be on Thursday, from 4-6 p.m. at Prairie Hills Funeral Home in Julesburg.
Prairie Hills Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.