Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory

Juanita S. Huff

7/11/1916 - 4/13/2017

PEKIN ~ Juanita S. Huff, age 100, of Pekin, passed away at 1 a.m. Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Pekin Manor.

Born July 11, 1916 in Hull to Oscar and Mary (Walker) Sprague, she married Aaron Gail Huff in 1936.  He died March 10, 2004 in Pekin.  She also was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Gladys Gillum and two brothers, Layo Sprague and Loren Sprague.

Surviving are her sister-in-law, Vivian Huff of Normal, many nieces and nephews including Wanda Speckhart of Quincy, Darrell Sprague of Batesville, AR, Sharon Huff of Normal and Laurel Sedgwick of Bloomington; many great nieces and nephews and many great-great nieces and nephews.  She also leaves her dear friends and caregivers, Philip Alvey, and Ashley and Ethan Tumilty, all of Glasford.

Juanita attended school at a one-room schoolhouse near Hull, IL.  She met her husband, Gail Huff, at Barry High School and they were married in 1936.  While Gail was serving in the Navy in WWII, the couple moved several times and lived in Florida and on Whidbey Island, off the coast of Washington state.  After the war, they settled in the Peoria area and then later moved to Robein, IL, and finally to rural Glasford.  Juanita enjoyed many hobbies and was an accomplished golfer, bowler, and bridge player.  She often drove a tractor and helped in other ways on the farm with her father and with Gail.  When her mother, Mary, got older, she moved in with Juanita and Gail, and Juanita cared for her until her death at age 99. 

Juanita loved animals and birds and spent many hours caring for and watching the wildlife around their farm.   She and Gail adopted many cats over the course of their lives, and she became especially fond of her cat, Sissy, who died at the age of 20, just a few weeks before Juanita became ill.  Juanita’s best friend from childhood, Elsie Lofgren and her sister-in-law Margaret Huff all lived to see their 100th birthdays, and that was one of Juanita’s personal goals that she attained, celebrating her 100th birthday with a party held in her honor at Pekin Country Club last July.

Juanita loved to travel and was able to take trips to Hawaii, Norway, Canada, Puerto Rico, the West Indies, San Antonio, Savannah, Arizona, Florida, and the Bahamas, among other destinations.

She never knew a stranger, and she was very loving and generous to her family and friends.  She will be missed greatly by all who knew her.

She was of the Baptist faith.

Her memorial visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2017 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Further services and inurnment will be in Kinderhook Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 Taps Lane, Pekin, IL 61554.

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