Laura Ellen Patricia Huffman, 89, of Marinette, Wis. formerly of Gaylord and Menominee, Mich., passed away on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at Aurora Medical Center-Bay Area in Marinette, Wis. Laura was born on Oct. 22, 1929, in Muskegon, Mich., to the late Thomas and Gretchen (Phillips) James.
Although she was named Laura, to her father she was Patsy and to the rest of the family she has always been Pat. Her father passed away in 1935 and in 1937 her mother married again and the family moved to Wisconsin. Laura graduated from Marinette High School class of 1947 as a member of the National Honor Society. While employed at Woolworth’s she caught the eye of Robert L. Huffman and on Jan. 2, 1948, they started a married life that would last until Bob preceded her in death on Aug. 22, 1999.
Later, Laura and Michael Milidonis had a wonderful companionship. They were involved in many community activities and traveled often. In 2004 they moved to Gaylord, Mich. Mitch passed away in 2017.
Laura was a people person and showed this in her life choices. Laura was employed by Sears Department Store from 1963 until she retired in 1989. She began in the catalog department, excelled through her career and retired as the Manager of the credit department. She belonged to the Order of Eastern Star and held many offices, the last being Worthy Matron. She was also involved and held offices in the Menominee GFWC, the Marinette Area Business & Professional Women, the Northern Michigan Artists Guild, Gaylord Area Council for the Arts, Michaywe Red Hatters and Writers Bloc at GACA.  She was also very involved in church and led Bible study at the Brook.
Laura is survived by her son: Kurt (Rise) Huffman of Cincinnati, Ohio; two daughters: Kathleen (Greg) Dunlap of Laingsburg, Mich.; and Kris Huffman of Menominee, Mich; her granddaughter: Nicole (Nathan) Fries and their children: Braxton and Madison of Springs, Texas. She is further survived by two sisters: Constance Armbrust of Marinette, Wis., and Sandra (Mryl) Child of Allouez, Wis.; her brother: Mike (Deborah Bilzing) Deiters of De Forest, Wis.; sister-in-law: Judy Huffman of Marinette, Wis.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to her parents and her husband, Laura was preceded in death by her in-laws: William and Ruth Huffman; three brothers-in-law: James and Richard Huffman and Richard Armbrust; sister-in-law Ann Huffman, of Menominee, Mich.; and two nieces: Sara Deiters and Margo Huffman; and her companion, Michael Milidonis.
Funeral services for Laura will be held on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, at the St. James Church in Marinette, Wis., with the Eastern Star service at 3 p.m. followed by church services with Rev. Linda L. Forray officiating. Friends may call at the church from 2 p.m. until the time of services. Refreshments and fellowship will immediately follow services at the Red Arrow Beach in closed pavilion, in Marinette.
Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Menominee.
In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy and kindness can be directed to the Spies Public Library or the Gaylord Artist Gild (GACA).
The Cadieu Funeral Home is assisting the family.