Libby, as her friends called her, was born in 1923, the ninth and last surviving child of ten children (five boys and five girls) of James Pinkney Colbert and Mattie Mae (Bowles) Colbert, in West Point.
She graduated from West Point High School and furthered her education at a business college. Libby joined the Marine Corps during WWII, becoming a recruiting sergeant and subsequently working at the Pentagon. She was one of five Colbert children serving in the War, proudly displaying 5 stars on the door of their family home.
After the War, she moved to St. Louis, Mo., to live with a sister, where she met her future husband and love of her life, Russell Speckert. They married in 1950, had two children, Pam and Mark, both graduates of Webster Groves High School. They spent 36 loving years together prior to Russell’s death in 1986. She worked for Ira E. Berry, currently Coldwell Banker, for over 40 years as one of the top sales agents for the Kirkwood office.
Never losing her charming southern accent, Libby returned to West Point, yearly for Christmas, summers and many family gatherings. She loved to have fun and was fun to be around. She was an avid Cardinals fan, was famous for her homemade fudge. She enjoyed life and family to the fullest, as matriarch of the Colbert Clan. “Once a Marine, always a Marine”, was one of Libby’s favorite quotes, as she was proud of her service to the United States and the Marine Corps.
Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday, February 22, 2013, at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church of Webster Grove, Mo. Burial will be in Jefferson Barricks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.