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Barbara J. Colburn (Hutt)

Barbara J. Colburn, 79 of Doylestown, formerly of Milford, CT, passed away Friday, November 5, 2021. Born June 14, 1942 in Greenwich, CT, she was a daughter of the late Theodore and Estelle (Cumisky) Hutt.

As a young child she was passive and quiet until one day her little sister Sharon threw her favorite doll over the fence, that single event flipped a switch inside her and the Barbara we all knew was truly formed on that day. At the age of 9 she grew weary of her mother feeding the family liver and onions for dinner. At that moment she decided to take control of her family kitchen, bought her first cookbook and nudged her mother away from the stove. Proclaiming this family would never eat liver and onions again, thus kick-starting her culinary journey.

By the time she got to High School she had become such a force that she strong-armed the Varsity Football Team to put on cheerleader uniforms and dance on stage like fools for the entire school to witness her dominance. Knuckles McGursky still can’t walk by a dress shop to this day without breaking into a cold sweat. Her sovereignty solidified, Barbara graduated and was ready to conquer the adult world. 

Her higher education began with training to become an X-ray technician but realizing she did not need technology to see through people, she switched gears and entered the world of finance. With a solid career now in place she began a family by getting married and having her first child, a daughter. Training her first born to cook, clean and help balance her checkbook by the age of 3 she grew complacent and decided to try again to have one more child. Doctoring herself by taking 10 pills a day she bore her only son, a boy she swore looked like Brad Pitt but honestly today more closely resembles a peach pit.  

Her family now set and in her 30’s she decided to become more athletic. With one toss of a baseball and ultimately two less front teeth Barbara realized she would be better off as a sports fan than a participant. Since playing sports proved to be painful, the next logical step was to become a Philadelphia Eagles fan. Coercing her children to be fans alongside her because she wanted them to know that life is sometimes hard and feel what it is like to get your front teeth knocked out year after year.

She loved raising her family, ultimately becoming a grandmother was one of her true joys in life. Everyone would volley and proclaim they were her favorite. In her Will, it states that she wrote the name of her favorite grandchild on a slip of paper and hid it somewhere in her house. They must go through every nook and cranny to find that piece of paper to see who came out on top. Honestly, it was just an attempt to get the grandkids to clean the house for her one last time.

She continued to work well into her 70’s when she finally found her ‘Dream Job’ cooking meals for the Priests at Mary Mother of the Redeemer Catholic Church. To know she was able to nurture the loving servants of her faith with the meals that she shared with her family, countless friends and anyone in need, truly filled her heart with joy. 

Barbara is survived by her loving companion of 22 years, Kenneth Walp; two children, Cathy Raimo (Nick) of Montgomeryville and Joseph Babinetz (Cindy) of McKinney, TX; six grandchildren, Alex Raimo (Elaine), Catie Raimo (Craig Sitler), Michael Raimo (Madelyn), Kira Babinetz, Brittney Moe, and Natalie Ronscavage; four great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Jonathan, Riley, and Landree; a sister Sharon Raytar (Carl); and her beloved cat, Sophie.

Relatives and friends are invited to greet the family from 10:00 to 10:45 am, Thursday, November 11, 2021 at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Church, 1325 Upper State Road, North Wales, with the funeral mass to follow at 11:00 am. Interment will take place at St. John Neumann Cemetery, Chalfont.

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  • Morning Visitation

    Thursday, November 11th, 2021
    10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

    Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Church
    1325 Upper State Road
    North Wales, PA 19454

  • Service

    Thursday, November 11th, 2021
    11:00 AM

    Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Church
    1325 Upper State Road
    North Wales, PA 19454

  • Cemetery

    Thursday, November 11th, 2021

    St. John Neumann Cemetery
    3797 County Line Road
    Chalfont, PA 18914

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