Born in Los Angeles, California on April 14th, 1928

Departed on June 7th, 2020 and resided in Denver, Colorado

  • Committal Service: Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Room: Area "C"
    Thursday August 6th, 2020 1:15 pm
Barbara Shilala passed away peacefully at her home on June 7, 2020.  She had been cared for at home by her two daughters Cynthia Shilala Joynt and Cheri Shilala Petersen with
support from The  Denver  Hospice.
Barbara was born at home in Los Angeles, California weighing an amazing 13 pounds.  People from the neighborhood came over wanting to see the “huge” baby.
During WWII Barbara worked much like “Rosie the Riveter” assembling aviation parts in a Hughes aircraft factory.  It was there she met her life-long friend Virginia Crimi who remained her best friend for nearly 80 years!
She moved with her husband to Colorado in 1984 to join their daughters who had moved here in 1979 and 1983.
Barbara was an excellent chef and pastry maker who was also widely known for her outstanding seamstress abilities.  She was able to tailor everything from draperies to men’s suits to elaborate wedding dresses primarily using patterns of her own making.
Working with her husband she reupholstered furniture such as dining chairs, armchairs and sofas.  As a team there appeared to be nothing they couldn’t do.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Vitout Leonard (Babe) Shilala and her sisters Virginia Hair and Fern (Dede) Lloyd.  She is survived by her two daughters Cynthia (Stephen) Joynt and Cheri Petersen, her four grandchildren Courtney (Joe) Leigh, Craig (Carrie) Joynt, Tyler Petersen, Alexis Petersen Van Wagner and her six great-grandchildren Jameson and Graham Leigh, Sierra and Savannah Joynt and Karissa and Havynn Van Wagner.
A service will be held on Thursday, August 6th, Fort Logan National Cemetery, 3698 S. Sherican Blvd. in Denver Area “C” –  – attendees will meet at 12:45 pm to proceed to the funeral pavilion.  The service will be at 1:15 pm.  Masks should be worn.
Following the funeral people will gather at the Shilala home at 3500 So. King St., Lot 123, Denver, Colorado 80236-6195.
Cindi       720-501-7434
Cheri      916-990-5431

Guestbook Entries

Courtney Leigh

Lovely obituary. Captured her beautifully.

July 27th, 2020 at 1:51pm
Darlene L. Shampine

I will always remember my “Aunt Barbara”!  I looked up to her and her beauty! You are at peace with “Uncle Babe” forever!  Rest In Peace to you both!  Together again!

July 27th, 2020 at 4:50pm
Alexis Van Wagner

I miss you best friend… So much. You were the most beautiful person ever, Grandma. I love you so much and would do anything for a phone call or visit right now. Rest In Peace and watch over us all. I hope you are sprinting around in heaven with Pa and Snowball. See you on the other side. 

July 27th, 2020 at 9:14pm
Teri Morales

My Aunt Barbara was truly a beautiful woman. She had tremendous creativity and had such a sense of class and style. I was fortunate to stay with her for a short time, just before my own mother passed away. The meals she prepared when I stayed with her were the best ever, so tasty and varied. I so admired how she cared for and raised her daughters. She was such a great mother and I will always look up to her. She is now joined with the love of her life, my favorite Uncle Babe, and the two can now share eternity together, once again in each others arms.

August 1st, 2020 at 12:03pm
Teri Morales

Love to you all,
May she Rest In Peace 

August 1st, 2020 at 1:11pm
Tyler Petersen

I love you Grandma. Thank you for never giving up on me. I hope you and Pa are cruising the open road again, with Pa behind the wheel of his new white Chevy pickup, hauling a brand new 5th wheel towards your next exciting adventure together.  

August 6th, 2020 at 7:51am

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