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JERLINE "GERRI" HUFF, 65, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, after a long battle with lung cancer. Born in Knoxville, Tenn., she settled in Fort Wayne during the summer of 1971. She lived on Eleyetta St. until her divorce in 1988. She went on to meet the love of her life, John Huff, who remained by her side until her last breath. She was a caretaker with Catholic Charities for 10 years. "Jerline gave a tremendous fight to stay with her earthly family; the Lord decided that she has more important things to do in Heaven, where she has her health back and can help out. The world has lost a great daughter, wife, mother, and friend." She is survived by her husband of 21 years, John E. Huff; children, Tawana Brown, Virgil Allen (Cheri) Garner Jr. and Scott (Nicole) Garner; mother, Ethel Nelomns Thomas; stepchildren, Johnny Ray (Laura) Huff and Betty Sue (Rick) Davis; brother-in-law, Carson Huff; grandchildren, Kyler and Keaton; 10 step-grandchildren; 22 step-great-grandchildren; and one step-great-great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her father, George Nelomns; infant brother, Raymond; sister, Ada Nelomns Akins; and sister-in-law, Ruby Huff. Funeral service is 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740 St. Rd. 930 E., New Haven, with calling one hour prior. Pastor Rick Davis officiating. Calling also from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at the funeral home. Burial in Highland Park Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Preferred memorials to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne. To share online condolences, please visit
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Feb. 2, 2013
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