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Barbara H. Colby
Viewing: Wednesday, July 22 from 5:30pm until 7pm (valet parking provided)
Service: Thursday, July 23 at 10:30 AM
Location: Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Barbara Heinzen Colby  

Died peacefully Thursday, July 16, 2015 at the age of 94. She served with her husband and their family during his long CIA career in Sweden, Italy, Vietnam, and Washington, DC, culminating in his service as Director of Central Intelligance from 1973 - 1976. She served on the Agency's Family Advisory Board, and played an important role in the passage of legislation guaranteeing a share of lifetime benefits to former spouses of Agency employees. She received the CIA Director's Award in 2002 for her "untiring efforts on the part of former Agency spouses" and her "constant concern for the welfare of Agency families," Mrs. Colby was born Barbara Ann Heinzen in Springfield, Ohio on December 25, 1920. Her father, Karl, was a journalist, businessman, and president of the Bayer Aspirin Company in the mid-1930s. Her mother Annette was a fashion coordinator for the Montgomery Ward Company. Barbara received a B.A. in History from Barnard College in 1942 and was an advertising copywriter before marrying William Egan Colby in 1945. Their marriage ended in divorce. In 1992 she received an M.A. in the Humanities from Georgetown University. She was a Dame of the Order of Malta. A beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she is survived by four children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren: her son Jonathan and Susan Colby of Jupiter Island, FL, her son Carl Colby of Washington, DC, her son Paul and Amie Colby of Alexandria, VA, and her daughter Christine Colby Giraudo and John Giraudo of Washington, DC; her grandchildren Emily and Scott McLellan, Elbridge Colby and Susana Cordeiro Guerra; George Colby, 1Lt. Arthur Colby, USMC, Peter and Sabrina Giraudo, and Charles and Elizabeth Colby as well as three great grandchildren. A daughter, Catherine Ann Colby predeceased her in 1973. The family is grateful to the loving support of her caregivers Sandra Zerrudo, Sherill Abrigo and Anunciacion Cabangon.
Friends may call on Wednesday, July 22 at the DeVol Funeral Home, 2222 Wisconsin Ave., N.W. (complimentary valet parking will be provided) from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass of Resurrection will be offered on Thursday, July 23 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 35th and O Sts., N.W. in Georgetown. Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Maryland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to her summer parish Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Charlotte, VT, or the Epilepsy Foundation.

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