Oct. 6, 1923-Feb. 6, 2004
PENDLETON - The funeral for Myrn E. Huff will be 10 a.m. Saturday in the chapel at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton.
Mrs. Huff, 80, of Pendleton, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, at Fairlawn Care in Gresham.
The youngest of three girls, she was born Oct. 6, 1923, at Pomeroy, Wash., to David and Alice McFall. She grew up at Pomeroy, where she attended school, graduating from the Pomeroy high school in 1941. She attended Central Washington University, then, Central Washington College of Education, at Ellensburg, from the fall of 1941 until the spring of 1944. Since it was during the war, she received an emergency certificate and was hired as a fourth grade teacher at Prosser, Wash. She had 47 students in her first classroom. She signed her first teaching contract when she was 20 and taught at Prosser from 1944 until 1946.
In the summer of 1946, she married Jim Attebery of Waitsburg. They lived at Toppenish from 1946 until 1948. She applied as a substitute teacher, then was hired in 1947 to teach second grade in a classroom with 45 students.
Mr. Attebery was employed by Northern Pacific Railroad and the family moved several times. He was transferred in Washington state from Toppenish to Zillah, to Gibbon, and they lived at Prosser for a time. She again applied for a teaching position and was hired to teach fourth grade. She taught two more years, giving her five years experience in Washington state. During this time, her daughters, Joyce and Linda, were born. Ill health prevented her from working for two years and her husband was again transferred, this time to Pendleton, in 1954. She applied for and was hired as a second grade teacher at Hawthorne School where she taught for 30 years.
Mr. Attebery died in 1976 of a massive heart attack. In 1978, she married Loyd Huff. She retired in January 1984 to care for her husband who was ill. They spent many years traveling in the winter with the "snowbirds" to Yuma, Ariz.
She enjoyed crafts, especially learning to make decorated photo albums and decorating and designing sweatshirts to sell at park bazaars.
She had many fond memories of her years of teaching, especially stressing phonics and the New Math Cuesinaire, teaching math with rods. She attended classes at Eastern Oregon College of Education in La Grande, and took many night classes to earn her bachelor of arts degree, and she tutored children during the summer.
She enjoyed playing bingo, and bunco, enjoyed crochetng, reading, working in her yard, working with people, raising oriental lilies, roses and tuberous begonias, watching and feeding the birds and squirrels, and especially enjoyed her good friend and buddy, her schnauzer, Sally.
She had served as president of the Pendleton Emblem Club, Degree of Honor, member of Retired Teachers, Woman's Club, Marian Cochran Guild, Dirt Dabblers Garden Club, First Presbyterian Church, and was a life member of the Pendleton Elks. She volunteered at the Pendleton Bargain Counter and with the bingo games at the Elks.
Survivors include daughters, Joyce Miller of Medford and Linda Minden of Gresham; grandchildren, Kristine Miller Close and Christina "Tina" Minden, a great-grandson, and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Alice McFall, by sisters, Jeanne McFall and Marjorie Clark, by a nephew, David Clark, and by her husbands, James Attebery and Loyd Huff.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Elks Eye Clinic or the American Cancer Society.
Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.