(1912 – 2003)
Christine Huber was a native of Limestone County, Alabama. She received her Bachelor’s degree in 1935 from Peabody College in Nashville and did additional studies at the University of Tennessee. She taught vocational home economics in Limestone County from 1937 to 1943. Her Extension career started as an Assistant Home Demonstration Agent in Marshall County in 1944. From 1948 to 1950, she worked in Lincoln County, Tennessee, for their Extension program. Returning to Alabama, she worked in Franklin and Marshall Counties before being reassigned to Madison County in 1962, from which she retired.
At the time of her retirement in 1977, there were 26 homemakers clubs in Madison County, with more than 400 women learning skills to improve family life. The theme for the year was “International Study and Friendship.” Each club chose a country to study the culture and foods. Many invited international students to join them. Spain, Germany, Mexico, Japan, Russia, and France were the most popular.
Extension provided programs such as New Fabrics and Techniques of Sewing, Family Togetherness, Skillet Cookery, Crock-Pot Safety, and Vegetables in Family Meals. Each of the homemaker’s clubs used these programs to help their families. The clubs were very involved in community service through adopting local schools, helping dependent and neglected children, visiting senior citizens, working with the local museums, assisting with the volunteer fire departments, and the list continues.
The homemakers saluted Christine this way: “The women of Madison County feel a real sense of pride in their homemaking and believe they have become better homemakers and citizens through their membership. We have always found it a joy to receive stimulating ideas and knowledge through the program that Miss Huber has provided.”
A colleague remembers her this way: “Miss Huber was such a lovely person inside and out. She knew home economics subject areas and was especially knowledgeable in food preservation. I remember going to her house and making fermented dill pickles. They were the best pickles I ever tasted!” Another colleague says, “She was truly well respected by all who knew her. She never had anything bad to say about anyone and always had a smile on her face.”
Miss Huber was a past recipient of the distinguished service award and was a life member of Epsilon Sigma Phi. As a lasting tribute to her efforts for families, the name of Christine Huber is inscribed on the dedicatory plaque of the Extension Memorial Chapel.
Chapel Plaque Inscription Number: 455