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Audrey Marion Barbiero Fisbeck Galambos

April 2, 1928 January 3, 2022
Audrey Marion Barbiero Fisbeck Galambos
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Audrey was born in Hayden, Colorado, about 15 miles north of the mining town of Mt. Harris, where her
mother and father Okla and Sam Barbiero lived in “company” housing. Her dad wore many hats: teacher
and principal at the local high school, janitor, bus driver, coach, and Boy Scout leader, to name a few.
Audrey loved to tag along behind her dad, especially when he took the scouts on camping trips. She was
especially close to her grandparents, Earl and Vella Rice, who had homesteaded in the Bear River area
above Steamboat in the early 1900’s. Her love for the mountains grew from her time spent with them.
Audrey was the oldest of four daughters. Her sisters are Carrol (Bill) Oliver, Bonnie (Richard) Berardi and
Debbie (Nelson) King.
Audrey attended Hayden Union High School and graduated from Louisville High School after her dad got
a new job there. She was heartbroken to leave her beloved grandparents, the mountains, and her horse,
but summer breaks found her back on the western slope reliving her life as a cowgirl. She went to the
University of Colorado Boulder, where she studied P.E. and met her first husband, Al Fisbeck. They were
married in 1949, both graduated in 1950, and moved from Denver to Sterling to Louisville and finally
settled in Broomfield in 1956, when they purchased their first home on Beryl Way. Their family grew with
four daughters: Christi, Vicki, Shelli, and Merri. Audrey was a true mom of the ‘50’s, ending all of their
names with “i”. She worked primarily as a homemaker and she also taught P.E. at Broomfield Junior High
School. Al was the Executive Director of the American Sheep Producers Council for many years, which
enabled the family to move into a larger home in Applewood, near Golden, which was closer to Audrey’s
parents and grandmother Vella.
The Fisbeck marriage ended in 1976 after 27 years. Audrey attended a “Beyond Divorce” dance one
night where she met her second husband, Max Galambos, who grabbed her heart by bringing a lovely
salad to the potluck and being an excellent dancer! They married in November 1976 and shared a
wonderful life skiing, playing tennis, traveling around the world, and dancing, of course! Together they
shared the love of their extended family, which included Max’s daughter Candy (Roger) Edwards; Christi
(Kevin) Pash; Vicki (Kevin) Marsden; Shelli (Bill) Bergmann; and Merri (Eric) Owens; grandchildren Clinton
(Keri) Edwards and Wendi (Dan) Worrell; Amanda (Paul) Brimmer and Hailey (Scott) Stransky; Ryan
Marsden (Matt Wilcox); Will and Rachel Bergmann; Adrienne (Ryan) Tafilowski and Justin Owens; and
great-grandchildren Mitchel Edwards; Ben, Josh, and Ethan Worrell; A.J. and Juniper Brimmer; and
Katherine and Samuel Tafilowski. She is survived by her sister, Debbie (Nelson) King and over 69 nieces,
nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.
Audrey was an excellent bridge player, having played well into her early 90’s when she moved to assisted
living. The Covid pandemic put a damper on so many activities for the elderly -- on top of the isolation
from family -- while everyone was in quarantine; Audrey’s progressive dementia was no exception. She
stayed fairly lucid until she fell and broke her hip last March. She survived surgery and rehabilitation for 8
months. Her hip healed, but her gusto for life never really returned. Many friends and family visited
Audrey in her various facilities, but the restrictions of Covid kept her from enjoying full rehabilitation of
walking on her own.
She’ll be remembered for her talent as a Girl Scout leader, sports enthusiast, cook, loving wife and
mother, along with her great sense of humor. Her family and friends will miss her dearly.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to El Jebel Shrine (www.shrinerschildrens.org), Mile Hi Church
(www.milehichurchfoundation.org) or the Wounded Warrior Project (www.warriorsproject.org).

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Memorial

Thursday

13

Jan

9:30 AM 1/13/2022 9:30:00 AM
Mile Hi Church

9077 W. Alameda Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80226

Services will be held at the Mile Hi Church in Lakewood on January 13th at 9:30am (masks are required. A reception will follow at The Sheraton Denver West, 360 Union Blvd., Lakewood, CO 80228 starting at 11am.

Mile Hi Church
9077 W. Alameda Avenue Lakewood 80226 CO
United States
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