Irene P Huffman was born December 2, 1930, the daughter of Earl & Celia (Affolter) Gonser and died May 22, 2023, at the age of 92. When she was 10 days old, her mother died, and she was adopted and raised by her maternal grandparents, Jacob and Elizabeth Affolter.
Irene grew up in the Morganville area and attended Mulberry School and graduated from Morganville High School. She moved to Clay Center and worked as a telephone operator for South Western Bell. She married Richard A. Huffman on November 23, 1950, in Clay Center, and to this union was born two children Dick and Donice.
Irene worked at Tasty Pastry Bakery for 16 years. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Clay Center where she taught Sunday School for many years and served on various committees.
Richard and Irene built their own house in 1966. They enjoyed square dancing, taking trips, camping, and their garden. Irene loved cooking, baking, sewing, and crocheting. Her family and friends were very important to her.
Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Richard A. Huffman, in 2015, her parents and grandparents, grandson, Mark Huffman, and brother, Carl Affolter.
Survivors include son Dick and wife Pam Huffman, Smith Center, daughter Donice and husband Mike Frey, Wamego, 4 grandchildren Chris (Julie) Huffman, Smith Center, April (Clay) Cole, Gaylord, Emily (Ben) Asnicar, Overland Park, and Eric (Kate) Frey, Wamego, 9 great grandchildren, Nicole, Natalie, Nathan and Nolan Huffman, Cody and Emma Cole, Libby, Caleb, and Luke Asnicar, sisters-in-law, Elsie Affolter and Judy Huffman, and numerous relatives and friends.
Visitation will be from 4-6PM Thursday, May 25, 2023, at the First Presbyterian Church in Clay Center, KS.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00PM Friday, May 26, 2023, at the First Presbyterian Church in Clay Center, KS. Burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery, Clay Center, KS.
In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorials to the First Presbyterian Church of Clay Center, KS and may be left in care of Neill-Schwensen-Rook Funeral Home.