Barbara Nesse, age 63, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 27, after a year-long battle with cancer.

Barbara was born on October 11, 1954 to Paul Motz and Maxine (Poole) Motz in Akron, Ohio. On March 29, 1988, she married Anton Nesse in Tarpon Springs, Florida. After residing in Florida and Minnesota, Barbara settled in Colorado in 2003.

Barb had a passion for horses and was actively involved in the Morgan Horse breeding and competition world – taking numerous horses to the National and World Championship level. She was also a member of New Horizons Band in Colorado Springs for 10 years playing the clarinet, and she was a skilled stained-glass artist.

She is survived by her loving husband, Tony; her son: Matthew B. (Jennifer); her grandchildren: Sonja and Jason; her mother: Maxine; and her siblings: Paul (Kate), Russ (Mary Jo), and Patty (Jim); and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Paul.

A visitation will be held from 5pm-7pm on Monday, July 30, at the Shrine of Remembrance, 1730 East Fountain Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO 80910. A funeral service will be held at 10am on Tuesday, July 31, also at the Shrine of Remembrance. Interment will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery. A reception at noon will be held following interment at Edelweiss Restaurant, 34 East Ramona Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80905.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Barb’s name may be made to the Colorado Springs Salvation Army (, or to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (

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  1. Dear Family of Barbara, I remember when I was younger, and my family would visit Barbara, and her family, in Bath. The one thing I remember about Barb, was her love of horses! Although, I hadn’t seen her in years, I was so happy to see her and Tony when they were in the area last year. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Cousin, Cindy

  2. Dear Tony, Matthew & family, Please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of such a sweetheart of a woman. We have many great memories with Barb and you, Tony. The ALL MY CHILDREN murder mystery dinner at your house was a hoot for all of us in the New Residents Club. Barb let so many of our kids come out to the house and ride Honey or Precious. It was always so special being with her. Without Barb, I don’t think I would have ever seen all that the Twin Cities had to offer. She and I went out on so many shopping trips. She loved the Mall of America, numerous western stores, and antique malls. And most times, we never bought anything, but lunch. God be with you all and may your memories of Barb be happy memories. Loving hugs, Katie and Ben

  3. Dear Tony and family, Our deepest Condolences…Barb brought such life and laughter to the New Residents club. I always think of Barbs bright blue eyes and that sassy laugh of hers. She took me riding once and a turkey chased us around the barnyard! She will be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers Steve and Stacy Kiffe

  4. My deepest sympathies go out to Tony and family. I will truly miss watching Barbara drive her beloved Morgan stallion, Be My Prince William in the carriage classes at horse shows.

  5. Tony, we are thinking of you and hope for the best.

  6. Dear Tony and Matthew, sending my love and my deepest condolences . I have so many beautiful memories of the times we spent together in MN. and even some in FL. I’m sorry we lost touch once I moved back home to IL in 03 but will always remember all the great times we shared. I think of Barb every time I look at the beautiful stained glass items she made for me and I will cherish them always. Love, Shirley ( Zgobica) Laudati

  7. Please accept my sincere sympathy for the loss of your love one. For the God of comfort knows what loosing a loved. For he promises us that in the near future there is a Ressurection Hope for mankind. He also promises to do away with pain, tears, sorrow, outcry and even death will be a thing of the past (Revelation 21 verse 3 and 4). He is aware of our pain. Please visit for more comfort during this most difficult time.

  8. Barb…Motts, as I called her…is my oldest friend. We met in Mrs. Blalock’s first grade and became ‘besties’. We had so many shared memories and experiences! I had the privilege of spending time with her during this last year of her illness. She was such a champ through it all, accepting the surgeries, treatments, etc in her matter-of-fact manner, and with humor (“I used to sound like Chewbacca, but now I think I sound like Donald Duck”). She was my hero and a great friend! Condolences to Tony, Matthew and her family.

  9. My deepest sympathies go out to Tony and family. I will truly miss watching Barbara drive her beloved Morgan stallion, Be My Prince William in the carriage classes at horse shows.

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