Barbara Jean Huber Hall Dearie (1935 - 2018)

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Barbara Jean Huber (Hall) Dearie, born in Zamboanga, Philippines, to Joseph & Thelma (Thompson) Huber of Akron, Ohio on 12/31/1935, grew up on a remote rubber plantation and passed away on 6/6/2018. When 6, her family was captured by the Japanese and spent 31 months in prison camps, ten days jammed in the hold of a Japanese freighter. At Santo Tomas in Manila, all were reclassified POWs, and she discovered art. Shrapnel barely missed her twice and all nearly starved to death. Their massacre had been ordered if rescue appeared imminent, but the First Cavalry Flying Column raced 100 miles to rescue them on 2/3/45. Her picture on one of its tanks appeared in US papers while the Battle of Manila killed 120,000. Home-schooled by her mother through 8th grade, she enjoyed carefree barefoot years on the plantation, riding horses bareback with a bit of rope for a bridle, swimming in the river and exploring the jungle. She attended Tallmadge, OH, schools, earned a B.FA. from the Sophie Newcomb College, New Orleans, and was Princess in a Mardi Gras ball. Marrying Robert Hall, they had Thomas and Gwendolyn. Shortly widowed, she returned to New Orleans, taught in the inner city and West Monroe, LA, schools, earning an M.Ed. She married James H. Dearie Jr. who had three sons. Katrina took their Lakeview District home in New Orleans and they moved to Baton Rouge, where he died in 2016. She is survived by children Thomas (Mary Ann), Gwendolyn Hall DeLaune (Tony); stepsons James III (Sandy), Dennis (Michelle) and Kenneth; brothers Joseph Jr. (Julia) of Cuyahoga Falls, OH, and Stephen (Paula) of River Ridge LA; grandchildren and a new-born great-granddaughter Gabriella Jo. Visitation will be held at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Greenwell Springs on Monday, June 11, from 10 a.m. until the Celebration of Mass at 11 a.m., officiated by Father Mike Moroney. Entombment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery & Mausoleum, New Orleans.
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Baton Rouge, LA 70818
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from June 8 to June 11, 2018