Even after her death, Dee Huff has had a presence in Baright Public Library.
Now her presence will be visible.
Deb Groesser unveiled a painting of Dee Huff, a former children’s librarian at Baright Public Library and Ralston Public Schools Board of Education member who died in 2017, at the June 18 Ralston City Council meeting. The painting, which Groesser named “Storytime with Miss Dee,” will be displayed in Baright.
Groesser said it took six months to finish the painting because she couldn’t paint through her tears, but recently she felt Huff’s presence telling her to finish the painting.
She pictured Huff reading a story and surrounded by children and incorporated the faces of Huff’s grandchildren into the painting.
“This is my personal gift to the family, to the city and to the library in memory of Dee,” Groesser said.
Bailey Halbur, Baright’s current director, worked with Huff for four years. She said Huff worked tirelessly and outlined her service to the Ralston community, her leadership and support for Halbur and other library staff.
“Dee was deeply committed in connecting books to children so they could develop a love of reading and literature,” she said.
“Dee always made sure each and every person that walked into her life felt welcomed and loved, and I hope that people have that same feeling and fond memories of her whenever they see this painting in the library.”
Bill Huff, Dee’s husband, thanked Groesser and reiterated how much Dee loved children and the memories they had, especially of children during Halloween and during the Independence Day Parade.
“I can tell you this much: Dee loved Ralston,” he said. “She loved the people.”
Mayor Don Groesser told a story about how Dee Huff gave him a large stack of Halloween cards to sign.
“She just loved the kids and we were blessed to have her in our city,” he said while choking up.
There are two $500 scholarships given by RPS each year in her honor.