Barbara Colbert
1943 - 2020
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Barbara Ann Colbert was born on Oct. 3, 1943, in Karnack, Texas, to the late Henderson Hygh Sr. and Etwill "Red" Woods. She passed away on Oct. 2, 2020, in her home in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Barbara graduated from Karnack High School and attended Jarvis Christian College then later moved to Los Angeles, California. During her time in California she met the young Bennie D. Colbert, Sr., and they fell in love and married on Nov. 15, 1966, and had three beautiful children. Barbara received a Bachelor of Science in early childhood development and a Master of Science in special education.
During the early '80s, Barbara and her family moved to Fairbanks. She became involved in the Fairbanks foster care system and became a foster parent. Because of her love for children she adopted 12 foster children. With her ability to work with special needs children and children with behavioral issues, her business grew as the owner Fairbanks Early Learners Childhood Development Center.
Barbara was loved by everyone, she was easy to talk to and had a caring heart. Her compassion for humanity and selflessness made her known as "community mother," and everyone was always welcome in her home.
Barbara leaves behind to cherish her memory a loving and devoted husband, Bennie D. Colbert, Sr.; daughters, Latissue' Colbert, Shawnte Colbert, Sherie Colbert, Erin Colbert, Ashley Colbert, Shannon (Russel) Colbert and Mayzalene Colbert; sons, Bennie D. Colbert, Jr., Andra' Colbert, Omar (Thomas) Colbert, Carlos Colbert, Shamiko Colbert, Demiko Colbert, Avery Colbert and Chief Colbert; her maternal aunt, Mable Bernice Williams; paternal aunts, Murtis Durham, Gladys Marie Conner and Willie Ruth (Wendell) Pace; grandchildren, Lorraine Knoxson, Jaquelle Oates, Taylor Colbert, Kylee Colbert and Kennedy Colbert; nieces, Vernetta Evans, Heather Hygh and Sara Lewis Clabo; nephew, Pete Lewis; two goddaughters, Darcelle Jones and Jenifer Brown; one godson, Darell; best friends Shirley Montgomery, Val Cofield, Brenda Jones, Stanislaus Butler and Alene Porche; and a host of cousins, relatives, friends and classmates.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 3030 Peger Road, Fairbanks, Alaska. Viewing will be 12:30-2 p.m. with the service to follow at 2 p.m. Please respect social distancing guidelines and facial coverings will be required.
Arrangements are entrusted to Fairbanks Funeral Home.

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Published in Daily News-Miner on Oct. 23, 2020.
Funeral service
02:00 PM
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October 31, 2020
I was fortunate to know Barb in her role as a foster/adoptive parent - always willing to take children into her home, regardless of whatever issues they came with and no matter what time of day. Barb will be sorely missed in our community.
Lynn Hoffman
October 29, 2020
Please accept my condolences for your loss. May the peace of God be with you and may he comfort you during this most difficult time.
October 26, 2020
I met Mrs. Colbert a few years ago. Every time she entered the room she was always ready to tease me. She was the most loving, kind, and caring person I've ever met. I'm pretty sure she was that way with anyone who met her. She just brought this love that is indescribable. She definitely made me feel special. My love and prayers for her husband and children and her best friend. May these days be filled with nothing but beautiful memories.
October 24, 2020
Your family has our sincere condolences during this difficult time.
The loss of your beloved wife and mother is a loss for our community as
well. Know that you are in our prayers daily. God be with you!

Vander and Debra Pearson
October 23, 2020
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October 23, 2020
I met Mrs. Colbert when she came to pick up her grandson from our school, Hamilton Acres Baptist Church School. She was such an encouragement and blessing to me! My prayers for her sweet family. Mrs. Lena Hamilton
Lena Hamilton
October 23, 2020
Barbara was one in a trillion! What a wonderful human and mentor. Peace, blessings, prayers, and hugs.
Phil and Kay Gilbert
October 23, 2020
The children in my former church, University Community Presbyterian Church, and more specifically, my children, benefitted from the care received from Barbara, both in the church nursery, and in her preschool. She nurtured and helped educate many young Fairbanks children, and will be truly missed.
Prayers for Ben and family.
Anne (Cass) Baker
October 23, 2020
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