Margaret Barge, artist and teacher, dies at 88

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Margaret Barge, artist and teacher, dies at 88

She helped found Durango Arts Center
Margaret Barge, who died Wednesday at 88, displays a painting in 2009.
Memorial service

A private family service will be held at a later date for Margaret Barge.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Durango Arts Center at www.durangoarts.org or 802 East Second Ave., Durango, CO 81301.
Born Oct. 28, 1927, to Edith and Gilbert Gilbertsen in Duluth, Minnesota, her father was the son of Norwegian immigrants. The family moved to Arizona because a sister had rheumatoid arthritis, where Barge graduated from Tempe High School.
While attending a Methodist youth group, she met her future husband, Edward Mason Barge. The couple married April 3, 1946, in Tempe.
After her husband earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Arizona State University, which she attended, the Barge family followed his teaching career to Prescott, Arizona, and Anaheim, California, before moving to Atlanta, where Mr. Barge earned a master’s degree in geology. They lived in Durango from 1954 to 1964 and returned for good in 1968.
Barge was preceded in death by her husband of almost 56 years, Edward Barge.
She is survived by her children, Barbara Carol Nolan of Pinetop, Arizona, and Marcy Mason Barge of Bozeman, Montana, and Steve Gilbertsen Barge of Fort Collins; sister, June Fallon of Mesa, Arizona; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Margaret Barge, artist and teacher, dies at 88

Margaret Barge, who died Wednesday at 88, displays a painting in 2009.
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