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Barbara Louise Graham of Boulder Colorado, formally of Pittsburgh PA, Milwaukee WI, and San Marino CA died on May 27, 2017.

Barbara was born in Boston, MA on May 7, 1929 to Charles Knox Laughton and Marguerite Louise (Kaltreider) Laughton. Barbara attended Reading High School, Reading, MA and graduated in 1947. Barbara was Miss Massachusetts 1948 and a semifinalist in the Miss America pageant.
She met her husband, James Madison Graham, at a Harvard University dance in 1947 and they were married on December 4, 1948. James and Barbara were married for 67 years, when James died in 2015 she lost her best friend and the love of her life.

In 1972 Barbara moved to Boulder with James, when James started with the Lange Company.
Over the next forty five years they made many life-long friends in Boulder. Barbara was an accomplished cook who took great pleasure in entertaining her family and friends. She enjoyed gardening, hiking in the Colorado Mountains and exploring Colorado Jeep roads with James. Barbara embraced her husband's love of sailing. Together they sailed on the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Coast of New England. After her husband's retirement they enjoyed extensive travel, seeing the world, as well as their many friends across the country. She was registered with the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1947 and was a member of the Arapahoe Chapter the DAR for many years.

Barbara will be remembered for her selfless devotion to family, her incredible energy and warmth. As a family we have been very fortunate to have such a wonderful woman as a wife, mother and grandmother. She will be dearly missed.

Barbara is survived by her son James M. Graham (Marsha), her daughter Diana L. Graham, her grandson James M. Graham III and her brother Charles K. Laughton of Reading, MA.

In accordance with Barbara's wishes no services will be held in Colorado. Interment will be at Red Lion Cemetery in Red Lion, PA where a graveside service will be held. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Barbara's memory can be made to Tru Hospice Community Care, 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Lafayette, CO 80026. or the Wild Life Animal Sanctuary, 1946 County Road 53, Keenesburg, CO 80643. Arrangements under the direction of Crist Mortuary, Boulder, CO.