July 15, 1940 – November 20, 2020
Anna B. Huff Breeding was born on July 15, 1940 in Mousie, KY to Shirley (Click) Huff and Commodore Huff. Anna was the oldest child, and loved to boss and mother around her younger brother Buford (Eva) Huff and younger sister Jean (Huff) Francis.
Mom and her siblings had many wonderful adventures in the “backwoods” of Kentucky, roaming the “holler” and creekbed looking for bugs and all the mischief they could get in. During one of her adventurous episodes, when she was 8 years old, she fell off the running board of her grandpa Frank Click’s truck and was accidentally run over. This caused a pelvic fracture and multiple internal injuries, necessitating multiple surgeries, many months in the hospital, and an awesome cast that went from her armpits to her toes. This led to her being a year behind in school.
Once mom entered high school, she wanted to catch up from being a year behind, and made the decision to go to the boarding high school at Caney Creek, in Knott County, Kentucky where all of the students worked on campus to help pay for their tuition. It was my mom’s senior year, and her love of showing off her high school ring, that caught my dad’s eye. In 1957, she met our father, Donald Breeding. While they were both students at Caney Creek, mom and dad started secretly passing notes (the school did not allow their male and female students to talk to one another).
They officially began dating a few months after the note passing started and they were in so much love that my dad would walk 22.1 miles one way just to see his “sweetheart” for a date night on some of the weekends when she was home.
On June 17, 1961, our parents were married. Our father was in the Air Force at this time and so dad was moved around to multiple locations and mom often followed him, never wanting to be away from “her man” for very long. It was during this time in the Air Force that our father had been taught of the Restoration of the gospel by two fellow servicemen and he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When he returned on leave dad told mom about joining the church, the missionaries came over to the house. Mom says she had nothing else to do, so she read the whole Book of Mormon within a week. It didn’t take long for her to be baptized. Mom and dad were sealed for time and all eternity in the Mesa, Arizona Temple on September 13, 1966.
Dad had been told that mom couldn’t have any children because of her accident. To prove how amazing she was, our mom had 4 perfect children of her heart, Charles (Renee) Breeding, John (Kristine) Breeding, Donna (Mike) Staker, and last of all came the great finale, Daniela (Shane) Beeder. She raised each of her children with so much love that each believed that they were her favorite child. She goes to her grave keeping secret the name of her favorite child... and her actual weight. We will be sure to discuss both in detail during every family gathering from hereon.
Mom loved being a mother and would use any excuse to see her 4 kids, 15 grandkids (Justin, Colton, Michelle, Ashley, Rachel, Mikey, Krissy, Sara, Hyrum, Elizabeth, Tyler, Buddy, Kevin, Sheila and Lauren) and 6 great-grandchildren (+1 on the day she passed, that we are sure she would have smothered with love). Food was usually involved with these excuses because she loved cooking and we love eating. She was an amazing cook, but trying to teach her kids how to cook with her southern recipe of “a little bit of this” and “a little bit of that”, has ensured that her daughters will never correctly replicate her biscuits and gravy recipe. With her passing, the family may also never correctly identify the frozen foods hoarded in her freezer.
On November 20, 2020 after a courageous 14 day struggle in the hospital at Intermountain Medical Center with COVID-19, she asked to come home. She came home and died with “her man” by her side. She was currently serving a mission for the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints as a Senior Missionary in her own Jordan North Stake in West Valley City. She was so happy to be a representative of the church that she loved so much.
In lieu of flowers, she requested that donations instead be placed towards the missionary fund. The funeral and viewing will be on December 1, 2020 at the LDS church located on Falcon Street in West Valley City . The viewing and services will be family only--due to COVID restrictions--but the services will be broadcasted for those who loved her to watch on Facebook which will be available following the services hosted through the Valley View Memorial Park and Funeral Home.
Mom leaves behind a very huge gap in this world, that we will try to fill with kindness, love and fried foods, just like she taught us. Our family would like to thank all of the staff at Intermountain Medical Center for the loving care they provided to her during her stay and their giant hustle to get her home so she could pass away with “her man” by her side, just like she wanted.
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
December 1, 2020
She help me reading a lot better thanks 🙏
November 30, 2020
Ann was a great lady. One of the most wonderful most caring people I had the privilege of knowing. She was a joy to listen to in book club. She will greatly be missed. She had such a strong testimony and was a pillar in our ward. She is now serving whole heartedly beyond the veil. Until we meet again.
November 30, 2020
"Bug" and I lived beside each other for most of my life until she married and moved away.
I remember visiting with her and Don in Utah when my daughter attended a conference. What great hosts. They showed us all the sites and even cooked us lunch. They recommended that I attend the taping of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Radio Show. What a great experience.
Bug also made a quilt for my daughter when she was born many, many years ago. Today my daughter is using that same quilt with one of her twins.
Bug, Jean and I along with many of the neighborhood girls spent many hours climbing those hills. Getting lost, drinking from the streams, looking for snakes, all wonderful times.
To the grandchildren: I just learned how to make those southern biscuits that my Mom always made. It is never too late.
Rest in peace Bug.
November 30, 2020
Mamaw was always there for our big events ❤️
November 30, 2020
I always will remember Mamaw’s gravy and biscuits that she would make for us whenever we stayed at her house. The gravy was a little brown tinted and she used the beef sausage which I loved. When we were younger there was a small hole in the green carpet under the kitchen table that we would hide things in while Mamaw would ask us whether we wanted milk, juice or water.
As a young child I would want to call Mamaw everyday but didn’t have anything in particular to say so I would wish her a happy birthday. I also remember many times when we would wake up and Mamaw would be in the kitchen making us breakfast (meaning our Mom was in the hospital giving birth) and I was more excited about Mamaw being there then about meeting my new sibling.
Mamaw loved telling stories and helped me learn to read, leading me to becoming a teacher just like she was. I loved how Mamaw talked about the gospel and how she read the Book of Mormon in just a few days! She always loved reading and attended books clubs quite frequently and when we would go over she would tell us about the books she was reading.
Mamaw and Papaw became missionaries this past year and were in the MTC while I was working in alterations. They came to see me and it made me so happy.
I remember only one time where I saw Mamaw upset.. she was watching me and my siblings while my parents were away (and we were in high school) and my sister was supposed to meet us somewhere in the school but we just couldn’t find her even though we called and texted her. Mamaw who had been waiting in the car showed up inside the school and got after us for giving her a fright because she didn’t know where we were.
Mamaw had the sweetest voice and was like a grandma for more than just her grandkids. She always welcomed our other cousins, friends, and kids around the block into her home and treated them with just as much love as she treated us with (which was a lot). I’m so excited to see her again one day <3 I love you Mamaw!
November 26, 2020
So sorry about Ann she was a great lady. she was friendly to all You have a great family Don I remember the days you were are Bishop. Ann helped everyone and stood by your side in everything you did. May our Father in Heaven be with you and your family at this time.
November 25, 2020
Ann is such an amazing person, I remember before our oldest daughter left on her mission in 2014 to NC Ann said tell her to come over and I will teach her Southern, you can't learn that language in the MTC, just one memory of her that I will always remember, Don and Family we are thinking of you and send our love.
November 25, 2020
She was always a pleasure to be with. She always had a smile and a heartfelt laugh.
November 24, 2020
Anna always wore a smile. She always had something interesting to share.
November 24, 2020
Sorry for your loss. Bug was a special double first cuz. Both her and Don played a special role in my life by involvement in taking time out of their lives to both care for me and introducing me to scouting when they lived in lexington Kentucky. I will never forget Bug and Jean feeding me as much candy as I wanted on a visit to their house. Of course I got sick but WOW what a fun time. Rest In Peace I know you are celebrating with the family! Cuz Frankie and family
November 23, 2020
I remember Bugs silly laugh that she had and her kindness. When I was a child I thought how tiny her waist was and her beautiful clothes. Memory comes back many times while talking to mommy about her accident and how she would probably never have children. Boy did she prove them wrong. Loved you Bug!!!!!!