11/03/1937 – 3/02/2020
Mary Annette Stockey-Colbert passed away peacefully at home at the age of 83 after a heroic three-year battle with ovarian cancer.
Annette was born in Glendive Montana, the first of five children. Annette’s early childhood years were spent as she and her mother followed her father throughout the United States while he served as an officer in the US Army. After her father had completed his tour of duty in the Second World War the family settled in Pompeys Pillar, Montana, where Annette completed High School. Following high school, Annette attended the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas where she received her teaching credential and went on to teach in several Mid-Western parochial schools.
Annette later returned to her family which had relocated to Downey California and from there secured a teaching position at Main School in Carpinteria. Annette (Miss Stockey) taught fifth grade in Carpinteria from 1970 until her marriage to William Colbert in August of 1993. She then retired to become a homemaker and to pursue her many other interests.
Annette’s strong Catholic faith and her love and devotion to family and friends was the guiding principle of her life. Ever the teacher, Annette was involved and devoted to teaching RCIA and Contemplative Prayer both as an instructor and mentor. She also loved serving as a Eucharistic Minister at the Santa Barbara Mission and was for many years involved in Music Ministry at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Carpinteria.
Annette’s love of learning and travel took her and her husband on many adventures throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Their last trip to Europe was in May of 2018 and was by far her favorite—a nine-day Pilgrimage to Lourdes France sponsored and led by the Knights and Dames of the Order of Malta.
Annette is survived by her husband of 27 years and her brother Thomas (Rosemary) Stockey. She is preceded in death by her parents Gertrude (GiGi) and Anton Stockey, as well as her younger siblings Christopher, David (Janet) and Susan (Ryan) Yanagihara.
She will be greatly missed by all those whose lives were touched by her love, devoted friendship and compassion.
The family would like to thank the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center and VNA Health for their wonderful supportive care.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at 10 a.m. at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church 1532 Linden Ave. in Carpinteria.
Arrangements are being made by McDermott-Crockett