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Colleen Huber

Colleen Adlene Huber

Wednesday, March 30th, 1927 - Friday, October 2nd, 2020
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Obituary

Colleen Adlene Baker-Huber, of Sun City, California, died, Friday, October 2, 2020.

Colleen was born in Concordia, Kansas, on March 20, 1927 in the family home. She is a mother of five, who obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from California Polytechnic University at the age of 55.

A fine artist and graphic artist, Colleen’s dream was to own an art gallery in Laguna Beach which she did from 1986-1993. Her art can still be found on the website Cocobienartgallery.com and Facebook. She was a portrait artist for Disneyland in the late 1950s and known for trying to sell Walt Disney a portrait of himself as he walked through the castle.

Her artwork has won numerous awards and has been in the collections of prominent Hollywood movie stars. Colleen moved to Sun City in 1994 and began volunteering around the community. She volunteered to teach the basics of fine art to senior citizens at the Lake Elsinore Senior Center for more than 20 years. The city of Lake Elsinore recognized her with several awards of service, and she organized their annual Veteran’s Day art show at the Lake Elsinore Cultural Center. Colleen served as a judge for art shows around Southern California and donated her art to numerous fundraising auctions.

Colleen created street paintings on her hands and knees at the Temecula Street Painting Festival until the age of 88. Colleen also volunteered at the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival from 1994-1997 and 2001 to 2014. She has been named numerous times in Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of American Artists. Colleen was also a writer and won awards for her two children’s books as well as her fine art column “Art World” published in Oklahoma and Washington State.

Colleen was the publisher of Community Women in Orange County, a monthly publication that highlighted women in business during 1970s and 1980s.

Colleen married Wallace Charles Huber October 18, 1945. The couple moved to California in 1949 with their newborn son and set down roots in Orange County. Colleen is survived by her daughters, Candace (Huber) Richey and Melody (Huber) Brunsting, sons-in-law William Richey and Calvin Brunsting, brother Richard Baker, sister Elizabeth (Betty) Price, four grandchildren, six great- grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Her grandchildren called her “Painter Grandma.” Colleen was the third eldest in a family of 11 and is preceded in death by; her husband Wallace Huber, sons Wallace Charles Huber Jr, Shawn Dale Huber, and Devron Kelly Huber; brothers Keith Baker, Claude Irving “Jud” Baker Jr., Adrian Baker, Victor Baker and Gerald Dean Baker; sisters Susie Baker, Corine Baker Ott, and Gwynne Baker Lamooney.

Private services for the family are being held in Sun City on October 24, 2020. In lieu of flowers share her artwork on Facebook.com/cocobienartgallery and Cocobienartgallery.com. If you happened to be a recipient of her hand painted Christmas Cards, we ask that you share one on Facebook and tag Colleen Baker-Huber.
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