OBITUARY

Mary Elizabeth Hufford

February 16, 1939January 31, 2021
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Mary Elizabeth Hufford, 81, of Fort Wayne passed on Sunday, January 31, 2021. She was born in Palo Alto, CA to the late Robert and Annie Calkins. She spent her early years in Northern California and Northeast Indiana, ultimately graduating as valedictorian from Kendallville High School. After graduating from Indiana University in Bloomington, she began a career in education teaching at all levels from elementary students through master’s degree candidates. Mary also held a master’s degree in education from the University of Saint Francis. Additionally, Mary spent over 30 years working alongside her husband, Tom at the non-profit Consumer Credit Counseling Service of NE Indiana. Mary was passionate about music and sang for over 30 years in the First Wayne Street United Methodist Church Choir. She was a long-standing ticket holder of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and volunteered frequently with that organization. Mary is survived by her husband of 58 years, Tom Hufford; sons, Andrew (Terri) and David (Mindy) Hufford; granddaughter, Sarah (Taylor) Browning; and grandsons, Erik, Brian, and Joe Hufford. A funeral service will be held at 1pm on Monday, February 8, 2021 at Klaehn, Fahl, & Melton Funeral Home 6424 Winchester Road Fort Wayne, Indiana 46819, with visitation beginning at 11am. A private burial to follow the service at Lindenwood Cemetery. You may also join the service via livestream by visiting Klaehn, Fahl, and Melton Funeral Home on Facebook. Memorial contributions can be made to Visiting Nurse Foundation or the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.

  • DONATIONS

  • Visiting Nurse Foundation
  • Fort Wayne Philharmonic

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, February 8, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, February 8, 2021

  • Final Resting

    Monday, February 8, 2021

Memories

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Becky Wieser

February 25, 2021

Tom, I've very much missed seeing you and Mary in church, and I'm sure you miss her very much. I'm sorry I won't get to see her when we resume in-house worship March 7, but I hope you will be able to come.

Toni Kring

February 12, 2021

We were so sorry to hear that Mary had passed. The last time we saw you, you said she was not doing well, but we didn’t realize how ill she was. We enjoyed being neighbors for 10 years.

Kathy Bock

February 11, 2021

We're so sorry for your loss, Tom! The neighborhood just won't be the same without your beautiful wife. The photos of Mary and your family are lovely. Hugs from Kathy and Suzanne across the street.

Sam and Jan Schwartz

February 8, 2021

We were so sorry to hear about Mary. She was such a great lady and will be missed by all. Please let us know if we can help in any way.

Rachelle Darabi

February 6, 2021

I so enjoyed working with Mary at IPFW. She was so wonderful with our students. Please accept my deepest condolences.

Susan Ensley

February 6, 2021

I am so sad to hear of Mary’s passing. She was a wonderful friend to me for so many years. We met in graduate school and both taught at USF. I’ve learned many things from her about teaching and about life. The most outstanding thing about Mary, in my opinion, is how beautifully she took care of her family. Mary, I will miss you so much. ❤️❤️❤️

Greg Anderson

February 5, 2021

I so enjoyed working with Mary at St. Francis and IPFW. Everyone, at both institutions, loved her and appreciated her. A great friend!

Al Diefenbach

February 5, 2021

Tom, our sympathy to you and your family.

Ellen Dittmer

February 5, 2021

John and I have fond memories of visits to Fort Wayne. Mary was a warm and welcome supporter of my work and kind enough to invite me to speak to her students. Her remarkable talents and concern for teaching and learning shaped careers for her family and her students. We are deeply saddened by her loss, but Mary’s deep commitment to her work, family, and friends will keep her memory safe in the hearts of all who knew and loved her. Our deepest condolences to Tom and all the Hufford Family.
With Love,
Ellen and John Dittmer

Barbara Jones

February 5, 2021

Tom, sending my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Mary was such a kind and gentle person. I pray that your happy memories of your life together will comfort you in the coming days.
Barb Jones

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