Wilma Leona Basford, 86, of Loveland, died Jan. 9, 1999, at Loveland Good
Samaritan Health Care Center.
She was born Sept. 22, 1912, in Glen Elder, Kan., to David E. Moore and Mary
She graduated from Red Cloud High School in Red Cloud, Neb., then received her
teaching certificate on July 2, 1931, from the University of Nebraska in
Lincoln, Neb. She taught for one year.
She married Archie L. Basford on Dec. 24, 1931, in Mankato, Kan. They lived on
the Western Slope. She worked as a retardation technician at the State Home
and Training School in Grand Junction, retiring in 1974.
She moved to Loveland in 1974. In 1994, she moved to Haxtun, then returned to
Loveland in 1998 to be near her daughter, Susan Denny and husband Vaughn of
A member of the Order of Eastern Star, VFW Auxiliary and the Moose Lodge, she
was an avid reader who loved gardening and her family.
She is survived by five sons, Allan Basford of Ione, Ore., Ethan Basford of
Salt Lake City, Utah, Ned Basford of Ely, Nev., Mark Basford and wife Terry of
Wiliamstown, N.J., and Jim Thorson of Grand Junction; six daughters, Ruth
McAlister and husband Gale of Cheyenne, Wyo., Linda Lampert of Searchlight,
Nev., Lydia Sandelin and husband Truman of Leavenworth, Wash., Susan Denny and
husband Vaughn of Loveland, Sally Basford of Perdy Mesa and Lila Munday and
husband Roger of Haxtun; 41 grandchildren; 69 great-grandchildren; eight
great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Virginia Peters of Prague, Okla.; and
one brother, David Moore of Arizona.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Archie Basford; one great-grandson,
Anthony Grey; two sons, Lloyd D. and Lawrence D. Basford; two sisters; an
infant brother; and her brother-in-law, Ralph B. Basford. Funeral services
will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Callahan-Edfast Funeral Home in Grand
Burial will be at Municipal Cemetery in Grand Junction.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation.