July 1, 1931 ~ February 13, 2020

Born in: Evanston, Illinois
Resided in: Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Catherine Barbara Clarke, 88 of Highlands Ranch, CO died peacefully February 13, 2020 surrounded by her daughters. Born in Evanston, IL on July 1, 1931 to Robert James, Jr. and Josephine James. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of fifty-six years Mike, her brother and sister in law Robert and Beverly James and brother in law William Maloney. She is survived by her three daughters and their spouses Katherine Wheeler, Mary Therese and Joe Dixon, Patricia and Matt Bean and three grandchildren: Ellen and Greg Wheeler and Leo Dixon, her sister Antoinette Maloney and 7 wonderful nieces and nephews.

She graduated from Marywood High School in Evanston, IL and attended Mundelein College in Chicago, IL. She met her beloved Mike on a blind date, and they were married December 30, 1961. A devoted wife, mother and loving grandmother, Barb was active in her communities wherever those were. While Mike was in the Navy, she was active in the Navy Wives Clubs. Upon retiring from the Navy, they moved to Colorado where Barb has been an integral community member for nearly fifty years.

A quick wit and a willing smile, she was always there when people needed her. While her three daughters were in Carl Sandburg Elementary School she served as secretary of the PTO for 2 terms. She was a devoted volunteer and retired after spending more than 20 years at the Carl Sandburg School library, where she won numerous awards and was always recognized for her reliability and cheerfulness. A faithful founding parishioner at St. Thomas More parish in Littleton, she was one of the first women Eucharistic ministers and served throughout the years with Helping Hands. An avid gardener, she was a member of the Cherry Knolls Garden Club and the Colorado Federation of Garden Clubs Friendship Gardener.

Family, friends and faith were deeply important to her and she always had an open home and an extra plate at the table. She loved sports and always knew the latest on her beloved Cubs, Rockies and Broncos. She brought joy and humor to everything she did. She leaves a legacy of unconditional love and will be deeply missed by her friends and family.

In honor of Catherine, a Funeral Mass will be held 11:00am, Monday, February 24, 2020 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church (8035 S Quebec St, Englewood, CO 80112), reception to follow. Graveside Service 1:00pm, Tuesday, Febraury 25, 2020 at Fort Logan National Cemetery Staging Area “A”.

Honorable contributions may be made to:

Porter Hospice Foundation https://www.rmahf.org/porter-hospice-foundation.html
Alzheimer’s Association – https://www.alz.org/
Catholic Charities Good Samaritan House https://ccdenver.org/ways-to-give/


Funeral Mass: February 24, 2020 11:00 am

St. Thomas More Catholic Church
8035 S Quebec Street
Englewood, CO 80112

(303) 770-1155

Reception: February 24, 2020 12:00 pm

St. Thomas More Catholic Church
8035 S Quebec Street
Englewood, CO 80112

(303) 770-1155

Graveside Service: February 25, 2020 1:00 pm

Fort Logan National Cemetery
3698 South Sheridan Boulevard
Denver, CO 80236

(303) 761-0117

Room: Staging Area "A"

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  1. We will miss her. She was our great neighbor for many years. And now she has gone to join Mike in life everlasting. God bless and help the family through these tough times.

  2. Sweet Aunt Barbara- her infectious smile, wittiness and singing will truly be missed!
    May all the wonderful memories bring comfort and peace to you all.
    Love you!

  3. We are so blessed to have had Barb in our lives. Her clever wit left us always laughing & smiling, and memories of her, Bob, & Toni breaking out into song at any given moment are memories no one can steal. Heaven just added a new member to the choir.

  4. Barb was definitely my second mother and I was blessed to have her as my godmother. The world will miss her smile and wit! All my love to Pattie, Therese and always Katie.

  5. Sending love and prayers to Barb and Mike’s three beautiful daughters. Barb’s good cheer and service to others lives on in you!

    Hugs to you all,


  6. Katie, Mary and Pattie (and all the family),

    Lynn and I are sending our thoughts and prayers to you all and celebrating the fact that we were were fortunate to know Barb. Since our first meeting in 1983, there have been many laughs, great conversations and fun visits that occupy a giant place in our hearts. And of course, the Cubs. So fun being a Cub fan and knowing a legitimate one like Barb. I will always give an extra cheer and take an extra sip for Barb when we attend a Cubs game.

    Much love,

    Ben and Lynn

  7. Ms. C ,
    I will miss and love you always. You have touched so many lives with you love and your faith. What a privilege it has been, to be a part of
    so many wonderful moments of our family gatherings for over 50 years. I will cherish all the great memories forever.

  8. Katie, Mary, and Pattie, I have so many fond memories of your mother from our middle school and high school days. My deepest sympathies to you and your families.


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