Mary Lou Huff
Passed on Oct 18, 2016
Mary Lou Huff
August 22, 1928 - October 18, 2016
Our sweet and wonderful mom, Mary Lou (Young) Huff, passed away on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. She was born on August 22, 1928 in Estes Park, Colorado to Grady and LaRue Young. She grew up in Estes Park until the age of 6, then lived at Colorado Springs School for the Deaf during the school year until she was 14. While living in Estes Park as a child, she lived with her parents, younger sister and brother at the town's Fish Hatchery where her father was Superintendent. As a child, the Rocky Mountains were her backyard including a pet deer named Rolly.
Mary Lou was 14 when her family moved to Grand Coulee, Washington where her father was a welder on the Grand Coulee Dam from 1942 to 1948. During that time, she lived at the Vancouver School for the Deaf near Portland, Oregon where she met her future husband, Donald Everett Huff. In 1948, Mary Lou moved with her parents to Tracy, California where her father became a heavy equipment operator. Don kept in touch with Mary Lou for two years by mail, eventually driving to Tracy to marry her on January 15, 1950.
Don and Mary Lou lived in Spokane with Donald's parents from 1950 to 1963 where their first four children, Donna, Terry, Kristy and Sue were born. The family moved to Kent in 1963 to live closer to Don's place of employment at a Salmon Cannery in Seattle. In 1965, their fifth child, Jerry, was born in Seattle.
Don passed away from lung cancer in August of 1975, when he was 50 years old. Don and Mary Lou were able to celebrate their "25th" wedding anniversary in January of that same year.
Mary Lou loved taking care of her five children; had a lifelong love of animals and pets; enjoyed crocheting afghans, tablecloths and doilies; collecting stamps and coins, loved Disney characters and movies, as well as, putting together jigsaw puzzles. Mary Lou collected Shirley Temple dolls and Mickey Mouse memorabilia since they all shared the same birth year of 1928.
At family events, vacations and most other times, Mary Lou would have her multiple cameras and video recorder making sure she took every needed photo of family and friends. And yes, you had to be in the picture!
Mary Lou was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Renton for 39 years who dearly loved and treasured her Church Family. A "Celebration of Life" for Mary Lou will be held on November 12th at 12:00 noon at her Church - 1032 Edmonds Ave NE - Renton, WA 98056.
Mary Lou loved living in her home in Kent for 45 years before she moved in with her oldest daughter, Donna and son-in-law, Tom in Auburn, Washington in 2009 when she was 81. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2012 and moved to a wonderful Memory Care Facility called Auburn Meadows in February 2016 where she lived for 8 months getting wonderful love and care and many "hugs" from the loving Caregivers. Mary Lou also attended "School" every Wednesday for a year and half at Cherished Acres in Auburn.
Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents, Grady and LaRue Young; her brother, Lee Young; and her husband, Donald Huff.
Mary Lou is survived by her sister, Phyllis Buck of Cool, California; her children, Donna (Tom) Rohde of Auburn, Washington; Terry Huff of Spokane, Washington; Kristy (Charles) Standridge of Kasilof, Alaska; Sue Ulmer of Stockton, California; and Jerry (Anna) Huff of Tacoma, Washington.
Her 11 grandchildren include: Cindy (Denvie) Wright; Darrin Huff; Brian (Shawna) Huff; Jeff (Tatiana) Standridge; Jenna (Derek) Ratliff; Joshua (Amanda) Ulmer; Bretten Ulmer; Talina Stafford, JC (Rachelle) Rohde; Michael (Amy) Rohde; and Angela Ness.
Her 17 great-grandchildren are: Kailyn (Jordan) Wolf; Tucker, Jayce, MJ, Parker and Serenity Rohde; Drayson Huff; Tyler, Jayce, Tayte and Mylah Standridge; Lilian, Jaxon and Adalyn Ratliff; Zachary and Blake Ulmer; and baby-to-be Luciana Marie due in December.
Mary Lou also has two great-great-granddaughters: Kaydence and Miah Wolf.
Mary Lou "touched the hearts" of everyone who met her and she will be truly missed!
In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to Auburn Meadows "Expressions" Memory Care Wing where Mary Lou lived for eight months receiving excellent care and "many hugs" from the Caregivers, Med Tech's and Staff at 945 - 22nd St NE - Auburn, WA 98002.
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