A loving sister and aunt and a longtime resident of Baton Rouge, she died early Sunday morning, June 3, 2007, at her home. She was born in Omaha, Texas, on March 19, 1917, and was a former resident of Kaplan. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St., on Tuesday, June 5, was from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visiting at First United Methodist Church on Wednesday was from 2 p.m. until service at 3 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Chris Andrews. Interment was in Greenoaks Memorial Park. She was preceded in death by her husband, Allison R. Kolb; and parents, Walton Felix Halphen and Zepher Wood Halphen. Survived by her sister, Shirley H. Bergeron and her husband, Ruffin L. "R.L." Bergeron, New Roads; devoted nephew, Feltus Barrow Leake III and his wife, Susan Parry Leake, Baton Rouge; sister-in-law, Virginia Smith Wallace and her husband, Stanley Wallace, Houston, Ark.; brother-in-law, William J. Whitney, Baton Rouge; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was a graduate of LSU, having received bachelor's degrees in art and music. She taught music at Kaplan High School and was a private music teacher. She was a life member of the Baton Rouge Opera Guild, serving as president from 1978 to 1980, an active member of the Music Club of Baton Rouge, and past president of the Philharmonic Music Club. She was a life member of the Woman's Club, member of Chapter AC of P.E.O. and Baton Rouge D.A.R. and a past member of the Ladies of the Bal Masque and Frolickers Dance Club. She was a charter member of the Louisiana Beta Chapter of Pi Beta Phi sorority and received a Pi Beta Phi Alumna Distinction Award. She was also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota honor society, Phi Kappa Phi and Mu Sigma Rho. She loved music and actively supported the education and development of LSU music and voice students. Our heartfelt appreciation to those who cared for her, Dorothy Stewart, Donna Layton, Elizabeth Trask, Janice Saxton and Jeanetta Beaulieu. The family requests that memorial donations be made to Baton Rouge Opera Guild Inc., 2338 Kleinert Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70806 or First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge, 930 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70802.
Published in The Advocate from Jun. 4 to Jun. 8, 2007.