MaryAnne Hanowell HuffmanJanuary 28, 1943 ~ April 6, 2017 (age 74)
MaryAnne Hanowell Huffman (January 28,1943-April 6,2017)
Family and friends mourn the loss of a dear mother, sister, grandmother and devoted partner.
MaryAnne Hanowell Huffman passed away April 6 at the home of her daughter Julie and son in law Nick Elias after a courageous battle that included hip surgery, dementia, and renal cell carcinoma. Born in Port Angeles, WA to Anne Julia and Ernest A Hanowell, she was raised on 14th St. with her brother Paul and sister Kathryn. MaryAnne attended Jefferson, Roosevelt and PAHS class of 1961. She had three children, one son; Paul James, and two daughters Christina Marie and Julie Anne. Throughout her life, she focused on her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren along with her devoted and loving partner Jerry Nelson. Furthermore, MaryAnne attended Peninsula college and later moved her family to Seattle to work for Klopensteins fine apparel. She transferred with Klopensteins to Alaska for a short period of time before returning back to her home town to become a medical transcriptionist. MaryAnne worked for Clallam County Home Health for approximately 26 years before working for Clallam Bay prison, and then Peninsula Mental Health. In addition to her work, she loved being a volunteer for the Sequim Hospital Guild. MaryAnne also loved to travel. In 1994 MaryAnne joined her sister Kathryn and husband Tim in taking their mother to meet sisters and family in newly independent Ukraine. She made a second trip with Kathryn and cousin Vera Ullstrom Keller a few years later, and that was only the beginning of the places she would see. She and Jerry started their travels together taking many beautiful vacations to Hawaii, Florida, Australia, and New Zealand. They traveled throughout the states making trips in record time. Their favorite trips however were local when they would drive the Northwest loop. MaryAnne loved to go for a drive, it didn't matter how long or how far, if the wheels were turning she was loving it! She and Jerry would either head westward for a short drive to Forks for chicken or they would head to Port Gamble for ice-cream almost daily. After MaryAnne had hip surgery and could no longer walk, Julie and Jerry would roll her into the van daily and take her for a much-needed ride. She absolutely loved it, and it continued to provide her with happiness the last two years. Along with travelling, her other joy in life was making other people happy. She never forgot a birthday or a friendship. She always found value and true happiness in making others happy. She also had a love for music as she herself played piano by ear. She loved listening to her grandchildren play their instruments and it was always a highlight for her. She was an avid lover of bluegrass and loved to hear her relatives play and sing the barbershop quartet. Throughout her life, she exemplified courage. Despite her battles, she spent the last two years with a beautiful smile and with her daughter Julie and devoted partner Jerry by her side daily to ensure comfort and happiness. Her Family would especially like to express their profound gratitude to Julie and Nick and the care they provided which allowed MaryAnne to pass away surrounded by love in their home. Those who will especially miss MaryAnne are devoted partner Jerry Nelson, children Paul James(Heather)Matthews of Camano Island and their children Leslie Leanne and Maggie. Christina Marie Matthews of Olympia and children Nico and Justina. Daughter Julie(Nick) Elias of Sequim and their children Crystal, Courtney, Dannielle and Nickolas. Brother Paul(Billie) Hanowell of Port Angeles and family. Sister Kathryn Hanowell(Tim Mcmurry) of Everson. Best friend forever Nicolette(Eddie) Davis of Tacoma and family and the Hanowell cousins. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date, however Donations can be made in MaryAnne’s honor to Olympic Peninsula Humane Society 1743 old Olympic Hwy Port Angeles, WA 98362. An online Obituary is also available at: Sequimvalleyfuneralchapel.com.
Olympic Peninsula Humane Society
2105 W. Highway 101/PO Box 3124, Port Angeles WA 98362