Anne Elizabeth Huebner left her body for new adventures on September 21, 2016 after a courageous fight against a rare cancer.
She was born in Madison, WI on January 21, 1952, daughter of Frederick and Alice Bast Huebner. As a child, she enjoyed her summers in Three Lakes, WI at her paternal grandparents' cottage as well as playing with her many cousins who came to visit her maternal grandparents living next door in Madison.
She received her B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation in 1976 from the University of Colorado - Boulder. She went on to receive a M.S. in Natural Resource Management in 1982 and a Ph. D. in Environmental Economics in 1988 from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. In between degrees she worked as a certified ski instructor, including teaching in a premier adaptive ski program, and for Colorado State Parks as a seasonal park ranger.
Anne worked for the Federal government in public land management agencies for 22 years, including the USDA Forest Service as a Research Forester in Washington D.C., Supervisory Forester in Oregon, Interpretive Naturalist living onboard the Alaska Marine Highway in southeast Alaska, and District Ranger on the White River National Forest in Colorado. She also worked for the USDI Bureau of Land Management in western Colorado as a Field Manager, overseeing 3 million acres of Federal surface lands and mineral rights. She worked for several Environmental firms as a Senior Consultant in the U.S. and abroad, and then returned on a special appointment to work as the Environmental Director at Naval Station Everett on Puget Sound. Anne brought a high degree of personal accountability, integrity, and honesty to her job as a land manager.
She lived most of her adult life in the Western States where she enjoyed RVing, hiking, and kayaking. She was spiritually sustained by being out in wild places. Anne returned to Madison in January of 2016 for cancer treatments at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center and at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
She is survived by sisters Mary (Fritz) Hasler of Lindon, UT and Ellen (Jerry) Desmond of Sebastopol, CA. She has 6 nieces and nephews: Anneliese (Brad) McDonald of Pleasant Grove, UT, Marta (Adam) DeBellis of Sydney, AU, Katherine (Darrell) Jett of Winston-Salem, NC, Matthew (Amy) Hasler of Lindon, UT, Geoffrey Desmond of Santa Rosa, CA, and Katherine Desmond of Petaluma, CA. She also has 12 great nieces and nephews.
Anne's life was enriched by numerous wonderful friends who shared many adventures, and gave her joy and happiness, and have supported her as she faced the challenge of cancer. Anne appreciated all those who came to visit her in the last months and have given her special attention during her illness. Particular thanks to sisters Mary and Ellen, friend Donna Fernandez, and cousin Jean Bast Chaput for their unwavering support, care, and kindness. In addition, thank you to acupuncturist Kate Behrens and the staff at Agace Hospice. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her. Lastly, she loves forever her four- legged angels Ellie, Zoe, and Otis.
She is preceded in death by her sister Laura Jean Huebner and her parents.
Her ashes will be buried by her parents and sister in Forest Hill Cemetery as well as among her favorite wild places.
A memorial service will be held on November 19, 2016 at 11:00 at Bethany United Methodist Church at 3910 Mineral Point Road. In lieu of flowers, Anne asks that donations be made to your favorite charity, if you so desire.