Alene “G.G.” Huffstutter
December 22, 1917 ~ November 13, 2013
Alene “G.G.” Huffstutter went to be with the Lord on November 13, 2013. She made her debut on December 22, 1917 and would have been 96 next month. She was born in Red Lodge, MT to Clarence and May Hall. Alene had fond memories of her early years in Montana, where the snow was deep and life was rustic, without electricity or inside plumbing. The family moved to West Hollywood, CA when she was nine, where they enjoyed the summer-like weather all year round. In November of 1945, Alene met her future husband, John, when they applied for the same job at the Los Angeles County Parks Department in Southern California. The director could not choose between the two of them, so she hired them both, and then proceeded to play Cupid to get the two of them together. Alene and John were married on May 17, 1946, in Thermopolis, WY. Together, they raised two children. Alene loved playing team sports such as volleyball and baseball, which she played until the age of 48, when the family moved to Olympia, WA. Alene thoroughly enjoyed the life of being a mom, until she found out how much more fun it was to be a grandmother. Her final promotion in life was to the role of great-grandmother, or “G.G.” as she was known. Her grandchildren cherish the memories of summers spent at “Camp Grandma”; her multi-acre home in Olympia, WA. In 1991, Alene and her husband, John, moved to East Wenatchee, where they delighted in watching any activity their grandchildren participated in. Alene loved to talk to family, friends and strangers alike. In her last week, Alene gained two new “best friends.” She genuinely loved everyone she met and made them feel like family. Her love extended to the animal kingdom as well. Alene was the proud owner of many pets during her lifetime, including; Louie the Wonder Dog and her sweet Maltese companion, Clancy, who brought her so much joy this past year.
Alene is survived by her son, William Huffstutter (Pam) of Bakersfield, CA; her daughter, Kathleen Schwab (David) of East Wenatchee; four grandchildren, Randy Huffstutter (Sheila) of Torrance, CA, Robin Huffstutter of Chicago, IL, Shawn Schwab (Melissa) of East Wenatchee and Richard Schwab (Jessica) of Hillsboro, OR; six great-grandchildren, Jason and Julia Huffstutter of Torrance, CA, Makenna and Conner Schwab of East Wenatchee, and Riggan and Rylan Schwab of Hillsboro, OR; her sisters, Marion Hammonds of Santa Clarita, CA and Norma Creighton of Olympia, WA. Alene was preceded in death by her husband, John; her parents; her brother, Forrest “Bud” Hall; and her sister, Martha Steward.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the Central Washington Hospital’s fifth floor nursing staff and especially to: Brent, Craig, Ryan and Ryan, as well as to Dr. Tom Dillon, for the respect and sensitivity they showered on Alene, as well as to us. They made this sad journey as painless as possible. Thank you.
A Celebration of Alene’s Life will be held at the East Wenatchee First Baptist Church on December 7, 2013 at 1:00 in the afternoon. Memorials may be made in Alene’s name to Seattle Children’s Foundation Uncompensated Care Fund, the Humane Society, or East Wenatchee First Baptist Church. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guest book at jonesjonesbetts.com. Arrangements are byJones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home.