Winifred "Wyn" Huss

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Winifred "Wyn" Huss, 65, died Nov. 13, 2007, at her Anchorage home of complications after a courageous battle with breast cancer and leukemia.
A funeral and community potluck will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Kotzebue High School gym. The Rev. Sean P. Thompson will officiate.
A second funeral Mass will be in Anchorage at 2 p.m. Nov. 24 at St. Benedict's Catholic Church. The Rev. Steven C. Moore will officiate.
Wyn was born Sept. 18, 1942, in Topeka, Kan., to Joe Elmer and Winifred (Buchanan) Traughber. She spent her early years in Kansas, Oklahoma and San Diego, Calif. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees in education from East Central State University in Ada, Okla.
Wyn arrived in Alaska in 1967 to teach for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Point Hope. She then transferred to Kotzebue, where she taught in the elementary school and high school for the next 30 years. She retired in 1998 and moved to Anchorage to be near her grandchildren.
Wyn was active in the Kotzebue Community Education program teaching bread making, cake decorating, jelly making, skin sewing and quilting. She helped with the Fourth of July beauty and beautiful baby contests. She was class sponsor for many years for FHA, cheerleaders and student government, traveling throughout the state and Lower 48 on student activity trips. Wyn was a member of the NEA-Alaska and the American Home Economics Association. She was named the Alaska Vocational Teacher of the the Year and the Alaska Home Economics Teacher of the Year. Wyn also served as president of the St. Francis Xavier Church Parish Council and president of the Kotzebue Arts Council.
"Mom devoted her life to her two great loves: her family and teaching," her children wrote. "While actively teaching in Northwest Alaska for 31 years, she made time to raise a family that has grown to six adult children, four spouses and 11 grandchildren. She not only raised her family, but two generations of students in Kotzebue. Her devotion to education and long hours at school not only earned her many state awards but endeared her to the community and her co-workers.
"Following retirement in 1989, Grandma's house was always filled with the sounds of happy children, great kitchen aromas and surrounded by a beautiful garden. While always busy with crafts and soap-making, she was never too busy to quiet a crying child or talk over the latest problem. She will be forever missed by everyone who was touched by her compassion, her love of family and her tireless work as an educator.
"Wyn's life touched so many people that she reminds us of the words of John Donne when he wrote that 'No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main ... Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.' "
She is survived by her husband, Charles "Sandy" Huss; daughters and sons-in law, Amber and Toby Drake of Kotzebue and Anchorage, and Cameron and Daniel Morris of Columbia, S.C.; sons and daughters-in-law, Micah and Judy Huss of Kotzebue and Anchorage, and Gabe and Jennifer Huss of Anchorage; and daughter, Ra Ja Huss and son, Jordan Huss, both of Anchorage.
She is also survived by her mother, Winifred Traughber; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Janice and Steven Marshall, all of Newbury Park, Calif., and Teresa and Don Gillaspy of Ramona, Calif.
She is survived by grandchildren Callan, Teigan and Mairyn Drake, Raegan, Ciernan and Caidan Morris, Austin, Rohyn, Gillian and Buchanan Huss, and Ronnie Priscilla Lyn Huss; and honorary granddaughter, Zellal Dogan-Drake of Hamburg, Germany.
She was preceded in death by her father, Joe Elmer Traughber.
Wyn would like all of us to spend more time with our children and grandchildren and hug them often.
Flowers and condolences for the Tuesday service in Kotzebue can be sent in care of Tammy Baker, Kotzebue 99752.
Flowers and condolences for the Nov. 24 service in Anchorage may be sent in care of Amber Drake, 4790 Sundi Drive, Anchorage 99502.
Donations for breast cancer research in Wyn's name would also be appreciated.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Nov. 17, 2007
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