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Sept. 13, 1913 - June 21, 2003

BALL GROUND, Ga. - Marie L. Huffman, 89, of Ball Ground, passed away on June 21, 2003, at her home in Ball Ground.

Mrs. Huffman was born in Macon County, Mo., on Sept. 13, 1913, and as the story goes, 13 miles from town, she weighed 13 pounds and the doctor charged $13 for the delivery. She was the daughter of James Adam and Lucille Hannah Nelson Sackett.

In 1933, she and her family moved to Billings, where her father, Jim Sackett was employed by Great Northern Railway as a freight house manager. She spent many of her younger years in Billings, often returning to Missouri for summer vacations with relatives and friends.

She met her husband, Vaughn Huffman, and were married on July 1, 1933 at Macon, Mo. They returned to live in Montana, where they raised their family. Marie worked in a number of places in Billings, including several years at Billings West High School cafeteria. Upon her husband's retirement from Exxon Oil Company, they moved to Excello, Mo., where she and Vaughn farmed for several years. In 1986, Marie and Vaughn moved to Canton. Vaughn passed away on March 11, 1992.

Marie was best known for her sense of humor, her cooking and her love for her family. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, canning, travel, and teasing her grandchildren. She created a lasting impression on people for her warmth and vitality and was known and loved by many.

Surviving are one son, Wesley V. Huffman, Jr. and his wife Sandie of Parker, Colo.; two daughters, Norma Jean Thompson of Ball Ground and Nancy Ann Brown of Billings; four grandchildren, Nicky Brown and Sandy Johnson, both of Billings, Jimmy Thompson of Ball Ground and Jadine Romagnoli of Fresno, Calif.; six great-grandchildren, Jordan Thompson, Tony and Robbie Johnson, Bobby, Chelsea and Nicholas Kelly.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; infant son, James D.; and two brothers, Burley and Denver Sackett, both of Billings.

Funeral services were held June 25, at the Hutton & McElwain Funeral Home in Macon, Mo., with Rev. Eugene Runnels officiating. Burial followed in the Friendship Baptist Cemetery in Macon, Mo.

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