Gwendolyn Deloris Huffman

September 18, 1934June 24, 2018
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Gwendolyn Deloris Huffman, 83, of Houston, Texas died peacefully in her sleep at home on Sunday, June 24, 2018. She was born in Birmingham, Alabama on September 18, 1934, the daughter of the late Lester and Pauline Herring. Her daughter, Dr. Joyce Huffman and granddaughter, Jameson Ada Huffman, of Houston, Texas and her two sons, Hans Huffman of Chicago, Illinois, and Odie Huffman Jr. (Ricky) and his wife of Huntsville, Alabama, survive Mrs. Huffman. She was preceded in death by her husband, Odie Huffman, of East Greenwich, Rhode Island and her four brothers—Fred Herring, Jesse Herring, and Charles Herring of Birmingham, Alabama, and Leon Herring of New York, New York. Her four sisters, Celeste Moore, Linda Herring, Brenda Herring and Jeannette Aldridge, their spouses and numerous nieces and nephews, also survive her. Gwendolyn graduated from Birmingham’s Parker High School in 1951. She graduated from Tuskegee University in 1956 with a B.S. in nursing following an affiliation in New York City at King’s County and Bellevue municipal hospitals and began her career as a Registered Nurse. Married to an U.S. Army officer, she traveled the world for more than 20 years and created a home for her family at every post. The Huffman family settled in Bristol, Rhode Island following her husband’s retirement from the military. In 1986, Mrs. Huffman graduated from Salve Regina University with a Master’s Degree in Psychology, specializing in holistic counseling. She continued her career in nursing and retired as Director of Nursing for a state hospital in Rhode Island in 1997 and moved to East Greenwich, Rhode Island. In retirement, Mrs. Huffman served as a Deacon of the Congregational Church of Bristol, Rhode Island until 2003. In 2009, Gwendolyn moved to Houston, Texas. A beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and community volunteer, she continued her counseling practice and pursued her love of international travel, reading, baking and spending summers in Blue Hill, Maine with her family. A memorial service will be held at 2PM on Saturday, July 14th at Brookside Funeral Home—Champions, 3410 Cypress Creek Parkway, in Houston, Texas. Family and friends are welcome to a gathering with refreshments immediately after the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Gwendolyn D. Huffman to Monarch Family Services at or at 3730 Kirby Drive , Suite 904, Houston TX 77098. Funds will be designated specifically for research and outreach programs that assist foster children to find legal and permanent forever families.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 14, 2018

Gwendolyn Deloris Huffman

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Pat McGinn

July 14, 2018

To the Huffman Family,
"Caregiver and Teacher" I am very sorry to hear about your Mom's passing on. Gwen was one of the most caring people I have ever met. She always had time for the veterans she cared for, their families, and her staff. Your Mom asked for so little and gave us all so much.
Everyday was a teaching day for Gwen, a chance for her to help you be a better nurse and person. We were all better caregivers for having your Mom in our lives. She taught me to hug, even those I didn't want to. I wish you all every comfort in your time of great loss, wish you comfort in honoring a life so well lived.
With Sympathy, Pat McGinn

Meg Carroll

July 14, 2018

Oh Joyce,

I’m so sorry. Although you must be devastated, you were such a good daughter to her that you must be pleased with the fact that you gave her such a wonderful life these past years, and I know that you and Jamie were the lights of her life. She was a wonderful woman, and I missed her so much when you moved; I think of her so often. She leaves you and Jamie such a legacy. She was brave, and funny, and loving, and I wish there were more like her. We were privileged to know her..I was privileged to laugh and cry with her, and to yell at the television when the politics of the moment infuriated us. I will never forget election night 2008 as we waited for North Carolina to come in for President Obama...when I yell at the TV now and when I go to protests, I always imagine that she’s with me.

Much love to you and Jamie, and please know that our hugs are sent virtually, but are heartfelt indeed.

Mary Heidel

July 13, 2018

Our loss is truly Heaven’s gain.

Gwendolyn was part of our lives for many years, when our boys were very little they deemed her Gramma Gwen and from there she was our Mama Gwen.

We were blessed to have a friend that shared her mom with us wholeheartedly. Gwen was an icon for us to look up to and to strive for betterment in our own lives. Gwen was honest and fierce in conversation as well as a compassionate listener. That voice of reason and motherly advice when, even as an adult, could sternly object when we needed that tough love. Humble while proud, confident, Gwen showed an amazing grace in her balance of knowing herself and making no apologies for those that thought otherwise. She did not suffer fools.

So we will not say goodbye, we will not say farewell, we will say until we meet again, until we are all together, with a glass of wine in hand, a hug upon greeting, a tasty meal, and a comfy chair to rest while we talk and laugh about our adventures since we last shared our day.

Make the moments count and the hours will be filled with meaning – You will be remembered.

With all our love to Gwendolyn… Our Gramma Gwen and our Mama Gwen. God Bless.

Love the Heidel Family

Jeanette Aldridge

July 11, 2018

Gwen is my sister who I will miss dearly. I will miss the sharing of emails, then texts and phone calls. I know the phone calls are the hardest because I loved her voice and laughter. The last time we talked it was not a long conversation, it was a check-up call to say hello and ask how she was doing. She was always up beat and positive, and expressed how much Joyce my niece took great care of her. Gwen was my oldest sister, and I am the youngest of 5 daughters. She was like my mom giving advice, and making her opinions heard, I loved that about her. All of my memories of her are special, but if I have to mention one it was our road trip to Maine from Rhode Island all 5 sisters and Joyce. We laughed often about it, this was "Murphy's Law Trip. I miss knowing she was always their to console and listen to me. I am happy I never missed an opportunity to tell her that I loved her, never!

Lois Avalos

July 9, 2018