Sarah S. Huffman

Sarah S. Huffman, 77, of Lansing, died Sunday, July 7, 2013, at the Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo. She was born Aug. 3, 1935, in Vincennes, Ind., the daughter of Joseph Theodore and Harriette Virginia (VanDement) Friend.

Sarah S. Huffman

Sarah’s father died when she was young and her mother married Hector Joary, her step-father. She was educated in the Catholic schools in Vincennes and graduated from St. Rose Academy high school in 1953. She attended Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in Vincennes.

Sarah and Clyde William Huffman were united in holy matrimony on Dec. 30, 1955, at the Old Cathedral in Vincennes. Sarah left nursing school prior to graduation when Clyde joined the military as an Army officer, serving his country for 20 years. Sarah served her country too as an Army wife until 1976 when Clyde retired from active duty.

She loved being a military wife, looked forward to every new station and enthusiastically joined each community - in Virginia, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Germany twice for a total of five years, Kentucky, Maryland, Texas, Washington, D.C., and Kansas - where they lived. She was active in the officers wives clubs wherever they were stationed. Sarah later returned to school, graduating Cum Laude in 1982 as a Registered Nurse. She was a certified CCRN and worked in the critical care ICU at Providence St. Margaret Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. and worked PRN in the critical care ICU at the Dwight D. Eisenhower VA medical center in Leavenworth, Kan. Sarah retired from nursing in 1997 after 15 years.

Sarah was a Eucharistic minister, regularly visiting Golden Living in Lansing. She was always active in community and church organizations throughout her life. She chaired committees at St. Francis deSales church in Lansing.

She was a member of the Leavenworth Community Club, PEO-EN chapter, the Ya Ya Book Club, Cushing Hospital Auxiliary and served on the boards of the Lansing Historical Society and Kansas Regional Prison Museum. Sarah and Clyde delivered Meals on Wheels for several years and volunteered at the Soup Kitchen in Kansas City. Sarah was named a Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow, for her years of dedicated community service.

She was preceded in death by her loving parents and step-father; her son William Joseph Huffman in 2009; and in January, 2013, her husband of 57 years, Clyde.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary (Jim) Woodward of Topeka; her daughter in-law, Carey Huffman of Leavenworth; her grandchildren, Jennifer Woodward, Andrew Woodward and Nina Huffman; her brothers, Joe (Michelle) Friend and Dick Joary; her sisters, Mary Jo (Stan) Stanhope, Jean Wagner and Linda Myers; her sister in-law, Jo-Ellen (Ray) Wininger; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Sarah was known for her gracious hospitality, welcoming and loving family and friends equally. Her Christ-like compassion and genuine concern for others will continue to warm hearts and inspire glad memories always. “Her children rise up and call her blessed, her husband too and he praises her – a wife of noble character who can find? Her value is far above that of rubies." - Proverbs 31.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 2013, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 9 a.m. Friday at St. Francis deSales Church. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Francis deSales building fund, the University of Kansas Medical Center Endowment for Cancer Research, or Kansas City Hospice House.