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Alma Scharf
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“Dusty and Alma, both will always be in my heart. They left me so many sweet memories of my childhood and Girl Scouts. ”
1 of 4 | Posted by: Dorothy (Wilson) Allred - CO

“Alma was such a special lady. She was always so positive and interested in people. Anyone who visited with her felt energized by her spirit. She...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Nancy Tanner - Pueblo, CO

“My thoughs and prayers are with Alma's family during this loss. I always enjoyed visiting with Alma and anytime I was over at the house helping her...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Randy Losey - Las Animas, CO

“Too many memories to count, I count you as a blessing in my life. Love you forever xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo ”
4 of 4 | Posted by: Jan Mitchell - Buena Vista, CO


Alma Oletta Scharf passed away in her home July 25, 2013. She was born August 16, 1921 at her family home near Miles, Texas. She grew up on cotton farms with her parents and 6 siblings. Alma graduated in 1939 from Miles High School and attended business school in Fort Worth, TX. After completing business school, Alma worked as a purchasing agent for the 45th Army Division at Camp Barkley near Abilene, TX.
In 1946, Alma passed through Las Animas, CO with her sister-in-law Marian on their way to Denver. Marian arranged for them to meet Robert (Dusty) Scharf for dinner at the Palace hotel in Las Animas. Dusty and Alma's brother Earl had served together in the Air Force and had become friends. It was love at first sight and Alma and Dusty were married 9 months later in Abilene, TX.
Alma and Dusty began their 66-year marriage living in the Decker apartments in downtown Las Animas. Alma helped Dusty in the farm machinery and auto dealership business and together they kept books for various other businesses in town. In 1952 they moved into their newly built home on 6th Street which they would call home for the next 61 years and where they would raise their family.
Soon after moving to Las Animas, Alma became very active with the American Red Cross "Gray" Lady program at Fort Lyon VA Hospital. She was involved with the Girl Scouts program for 26 years and served on the Columbine Council Board that oversaw the Girl Scouts in the area. She was instrumental in developing the Girl Scout Camp at Hasty. Alma was a Candy Striper leader and helped many girls earn badges at Bent County Hospital. She worked with citizens of Las Animas to develop and clean up parks, and provide art and recreation programs for the youth. She delivered Meals on Wheels for many years and considered it her mission to visit nursing home residents and the house bound elderly.
Alma was proud of her 66-year membership and service to the First Presbyterian Church. She taught Sunday school for many years, served as an elder, deacon and an officer in the women's organization. She believed strongly in the church's mission to help the poor and needy; and she lived her life by the creed of living simply so that others may simply live.
Alma loved Colorado history and was especially interested in the history of Bent County. She read every piece of historical literature about the area that she could get her hands on and became a self-taught expert on the topic. To anyone who would stand still long enough, she would happily tell lively stories about local places, and historical people and events.
Alma took great pride in being a fine homemaker, and caring for her family was her greatest joy. She loved celebrations and holidays, and her sugar cookies were adored by her family and friends. Alma was happiest when she was working in her large yard, cooking, entertaining, visiting with friends, or surrounded by her family.
Alma will be remembered by those who knew her life and her love, especially her daughter and son-in-law, Susie and Ron Barbee of La Junta; son, Donald Scharf, of Colorado Springs; granddaughter, Libby Barbee and husband, Brandon Laird of La Veta; grandson, Kris Barbee and partner, Jennifer Kinkade of Rocky Ford; adopted granddaughter, Lisa Chaparro Lucero and family, and adopted great-grandson, Isaiah Chaparro all of La Junta; sister, Ernestine Watson of Monahans, TX; sister and brother-in-law, Jimmie Sue and T.D. Pope of San Angelo, TX; brother, John Balkum of Whitesboro, TX; the families of her late sister, Tennie Bitner and brothers, Earl and L.T. Balkum; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Robert "Dusty" Scharf who passed away exactly one month before her death. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Arkansas Valley Hospice or The First Presbyterian Church of Las Animas.