After 37 years, ‘Red’ rolls to a stop at bowling alley

By: Laura Newell Telegraph staff writer
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Known in the bowling community by her red hair and positive personality, one local lady is shelving her bowling shoes. Coral “Red” Barboza, 81, has made bowling not only a hobby, but also a passion. Barboza, the wife of a military man, said she became a bowler in the early 1970s after an officer’s wife came knocking on her door asking her to join their local bowling league. “I didn’t like bowling, I thought it was a rather silly pastime, but after I threw that first ball I was hooked,” Barboza said. “It just shows you that it’s important to try new things and not to dwell on things.” Barboza was born in England in 1929. She grew up in a show business family. She only stopped the lifestyle after meeting her husband and marrying in 1950. After living in and out of Europe, she moved to Mather Field Air Force Base in Rancho Cordova because her husband was a military man. They have five children, three boys and two girls. A couple of years later in 1974, they moved into their house in Folsom, the same year she found Folsom Lake Bowl. “I have now bowled at Folsom Lake Bowl for 37 years,” Barboza said. “It has been like a second home to me. I have seen many changes.” In her bowling career, Barboza has entered in more than 100 tournaments. She rolled her high game of 257 at Folsom Lake Bowl in 1992. Her best series of 639 came in 1995. In 1986, Barboza said she became the secretary of the senior league at Folsom Lake Bowl. A few years later in 1990 she moved to Pinebrook in Folsom and found herself in charge of the Pinebrook Bowlers. “Bowling has provided me with a lot of love and friends over the years,” she said. After 25 years, she is retiring from her secretary job at Folsom Lake Bowl this week. “It’s quite a record and I’m proud of it,” Barboza said. “I originally wanted to be a bowler, but once I started working as secretary, I couldn’t quit.” Many said they would miss their passionate redheaded bowler. Dan Dreher’s family purchased Folsom Lake Bowl in 1979 and said Barboza has always been a positive presence in the lanes. “I was a little kid running around the alley and I remember her,” Dreher said. “She’s been there forever. I’ve never seen her in a bad mood. She’s the happiest lady. Everyone loves her because she’s just a good person.” Lynda Maddox is the president of the Red Swingers league with Barboza at Folsom Lake Bowl. After Barboza’s retirement, Maddox will take over working as secretary. “She would do everything she could to make her bowlers happy,” Maddox said. “In the senior community, bowling is a place to go and socialize. Because of her keeping the league so efficient, it allowed us to have a fun outlet.” Barboza said after retirement, she plans to stay in contact with her bowling friends. “Bowling has really been a good life, a wonderful life,” Barboza said. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. Now I’ll find something new to do.”