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Jean Colbert


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Jean Colbert Obituary
JEAN FRANCES COLBERT Jean Frances Colbert passed away peacefully on December 19, 2018 in Riverside, California from complications due to a stroke. Jean was born on June 15, 1930 in Waukesha, Wisconsin to Oscar and Viola (Hamp) Highley. Jean's father was in the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Army and the family moved frequently while she was growing up. In 1947, they moved to Hawaii, where Jean graduated from Roosevelt High School. She attended the University of Hawaii for one year, before transferring to the University of Missouri in Columbia, from which she received a BS in Education in 1952. Jean was an active member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, where she made lifelong friends. While at Missouri, Jean met her husband Bruce. They were married within one year and celebrated their 66th anniversary this year. Bruce joined the Marine Corps and for the next 27 years Jean made a home for the family as Bruce was stationed across the country. Favorite postings included Quantico, Virginia where they lived the longest (14 years) and Kaneohe, Hawaii where they lived just steps from the beach. At Kaneohe, Jean enjoyed taking classes in yoga and Japanese flower arranging and driving her baby-blue '67 Mustang convertible all over Oahu. After Bruce retired from the Marine Corps, they moved to Riverside where they have resided for the past 38 years. Jean and Bruce spent their retirement years living life to the fullest. For six years, they commuted between a condo in Camdenton, Missouri and Riverside. While in Missouri, they caught up with mid west family and friends and delighted in attending 4-5 Missouri home football games every fall. Jean loved to travel, and for over 20 years she and Bruce took an international trip each spring and drove around the U.S. each fall. Travel highlights for Jean included touring China, cruising up the Nile and down the Rhine, and exploring the Sacramento Delta by boat. Of course, her favorite destination of all was Hawaii, which felt like a second home to her. Jean excelled at being a homemaker. She was a wonderful cook and seamstress, sewing many outfits for herself and the three children she and Bruce had - Cathy, Bruce and Chris. Outside of the home, Jean taught elementary school over a period of ten years and for a short while worked at Neiman Marcus, which she loved. Known for her social personality, Jean enjoyed entertaining family and friends over dinner, participating in happy-hour gatherings, and hosting parties. She was always "dressed to the nines", had a green thumb, was an avid reader and liked catching up with family and friends on Facebook Jean set a wonderful example of generosity and charity. She assisted one on one with friends and also volunteered for many nonprofit organizations. At March Field Air Museum Jean assisted in organizing many fund-raising events and spent over 200 hours volunteering. Other non-profits she contributed her time to were the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Riverside Meals on Wheels, Friends of the Riverside Public Library, and the Riverside Art Museum. Jean had an open heart and was a cherished and loyal friend to all who knew her. Her parents, her son Bruce, and her sister, Jerry Highley McGuire, precede her in death. Survivors include her devoted husband Bruce; daughter Cathy Colbert; son Chris Colbert (Sindy); granddaughter Christa Colbert, and niece Betty Casey. Funeral services will be at Riverside National Cemetery on January 16, 2019 at 2:00pm.
Published in Press-Enterprise from Dec. 30, 2018 to Jan. 13, 2019
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