Dorothy Frances Huber

Dorothy Frances Huber

October 10, 1921 - July 09, 2011

Dorothy Frances Huber

October 10, 1921 - July 09, 2011


Dorothy Frances Rueff Huber, entered this life on October 10, 1921, and began eternal life on July 9, 2011, at age 89. Our sweet mother peacefully passed away of natural causes at home in the same way she lived, surrounded by her family.

Dorothy was a resident of Mission Viejo for over 45 years. As the eldest child of Gertrude and Frank Rueff, this native Kentucky girl helped raise her seven younger siblings during the Great Depression, often sewing them all beautiful clothes to wear with pride on special occasions. Dorothy was graduated with honors from Ursuline College in Louisville, Kentucky, and then married her USMC ‘pen pal’ Walter Lee Huber during WWII, and they were together for 66 happy years.

Dorothy was a Red Cross water safety instructor for 50 years and authored the book Baby Water Safe, and was a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. She was a loving mother and friend, and a gracious, talented woman. Her social and creative outlets included being a sailing instructor, photographer, family historian, community event organizer, and she was also active in the Officer’s Wives Club at every Marine base in which her family resided. She directed the annual Mission Viejo St. Patrick’s Day Parade for 25 years and helped decorated the city’s award-winning Rose Parade floats. She volunteered as Mrs. Claus during the holidays and rocked babies at the Orangewood Center. Dorothy enjoyed gardening, poetry, astronomy, world travel, crossword puzzles, swimming in the ocean and bird watching. Her Catholic faith and her devotion to the Blessed Mother were the essence of her being, and she kept that faith alive for her family by her own example of giving graciously of her time and energy, She was a regular churchgoer and made sure that her family attended Sunday Mass. Dorothy deeply loved her husband and family, as evidenced by her Sunday dinners, magical holidays, hugs and words of encouragement. She was the family backbone, the gentle voice of reason who kept the family compass on its true course. She was truly beautiful inside and out. Memories of Dorothy are of someone bright, cheerful, fun and quick to laugh, who provided love and care as part of her basic nature.

Now, Dorothy is back in the arms of her Marine, who preceded her in death in 2009. She is survived by seven children, 13 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

On Saturday, July 23, a Rosary will be recited at 9:30 am, followed by a funeral Mass at 10:00 am at St. Kilian’s Church in Mission Viejo. Her final resting place will be with her husband at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, one can make contributions in her memory to the American Red Cross, either for their Water Safety Program or for their programs supporting members of the military and their families, at

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3 responses to Dorothy Frances Huber

  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. We hope your family finds comfort in knowing that you are in the thoughts of many.

  2. Janet says:

    I’ve a favorite picture of Mom. In it however, her image is not featured. What is, are my children’s swimsuits and towels strewn over the bathroom counter after a fun-filled afternoon at the pool. I snapped that picture a couple of years ago because at that moment, I saw Mom so clearly. That scene captured the essence of who she was and what she loved. Mom loved the water. Beach, Pool, or bathtub there was no pretense with Mom when it came to water. I remember Mom rising early and gathering her towels and suits for a day of swim lessons, and afterward an ever changing mural, a tapestry, a kaliedoscope of color hanging over a make-shift wire in the garage as she carefully set them out to dry. Her favorite outing was the beach. I remember Onlsow beach in NC. Even though I was 5,I remember going on what seemed a long journey to an exotic locale, only to find out while visiting Camp Lejune decades later, Onslow Beach was only minutes around the corner from our house. Mom’s excitment and joy for that beach trip made it seem like I was going to the South of France. I remember her in Mission Viejo so tanned and wrapped in a coral sarong, sitting in her chair, drink in her hand. The fufillment of a day communing with sun, water, and nature. She never looked more beautiful. Mom was a beach bum in the best sense. Focused more on fun then appearance, she relished her time in the surf and sun. She was most relaxed in, near, or around the water. The best way to honor Mom is with water. Go to the beach, Jump in a pool, or take a hot, hot bath filled with her favorite Gardenia or Rose scents. Then you’ll know a joy my mother relished. Thank you Mom for instilling in me, and now my children, a love of sun, surf, pool, and especially the luxury of long hot bath.

  3. Mariam and I want to send our deepest sympathy to Dorothy’s children.
    My Dad was Bill Rueff, one of Uncle Frank’s brothers.
    We last saw your parents in the late ninties when we visited Laguna Beach. Prior to that we were at all the fun functions at Frank’s BIG BIRTHDAY weekend.
    Take care
    Jim Rueff

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