Georgia Mae Huffaker
– Georgia Mae Huffaker, our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on November 11, 2023 at the Cedarwood Senior Living Community in Sandy, Utah.
Born on January 17, 1931 in Park City, Utah, to George Elmer Butler and Eleanor Irene Butler, Georgia was the youngest of three daughters. Her sisters Beverly and Betty adored her and she loved being adored as the baby of the family. Georgia spent an adventurous childhood in the hills of Park City. She attended Park City High School, where she had many friends and excelled in music and performance. She played saxophone in the school band and had leading roles in many musicals.
On February 22, 1950, Georgia married Calvin Huffaker and they were later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they raised four children: Paula, Steven, Mark and Kent. In 1959 they moved with their family from Midway, Utah, to Dillon, Montana, where they began a career in farming and ranching. Georgia’s greatest joy and accomplishment was her family. She was incredibly proud of her husband and children and was an excellent homemaker. She was a talented seamstress, crocheter, crafter and scrapbooker.
Georgia was very involved in her community in Dillon. She worked for many years in various local retail businesses and in her later years volunteered at Barrett Memorial Hospital and the Festival of Trees. Georgia was a people person with an infectious smile. She had a keen sense of humor and the ability to put those around her at ease. Knowing Georgia meant loving Georgia!
Georgia was a dedicated member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She loved singing in the community choir, working with the elementary school children and was a popular music leader for all ages. She and Calvin served as senior missionaries for the church and traveled throughout Montana singing with the Latter-day Sounds.
Georgia spent the last two years of her life in Sandy, Utah, at the Cedarwood Senior Living Community, where she made many dear friends. Her family members in Utah were happy to have her close, and Georgia’s devoted daughter Paula was her almost constant companion during the last two years of her life.
Georgia is survived by her children Paula Poulson and Steven (Dana) Huffaker, her daughter-in-law Christine Huffaker, thirteen grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Calvin, her sons Mark Huffaker and Kent Huffaker, her parents, her sisters and her son-in-law Douglas Poulson.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 12, 2024, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Dillon, Montana. 93 State Hwy. 91 S., Dillon, MT 59725. Graveside services will be Saturday, July 13, 2024, at Midway Cemetery in Midway, Utah. 600 W. 500 S., Midway, Utah 84049. A celebration of life will also be held on Friday, December 1, 2023 at 2:45 p.m. at the Cedarwood at Sandy. 10970 S. 700 E., Sandy, UT 84070.
Published by Deseret News November 28-29, 2023.