Olowene (Brown) Huff

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Olowene Brown Huff, 98, a longtime resident of Reading, Ohio, died at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Glendale Place.

She was born March 15, 1919, in Casey County, as the second child of the late George W. Brown, farmer and carpenter, and Minnie Campbell Brown. She started her off-the-farm working life as a governess in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Clifton and was a longtime member of the Lockland Church of Christ. She subscribed to the Casey County News almost 65 years. Widowed at age 49, when her husband, Vertreese H. Huff, died of a heart attack at age 51, she became an avid and proficient quilt maker after retiring from the General Electric Co. aircraft manufacturing plant in Evendale at age 62.

She gave her handmade baby quilts to every firstborn baby of relatives and members of the Lockland Church of Christ. She made full- or king-size quilts as wedding presents for family and friends.

Her manufacturing work started as a "Rosie the Riveter" during World War II at Wright's in Evendale. In 1946, she purchased a small farm in Casey County, to which her family moved when her husband was discharged from the Navy. She returned to working on aircraft engines in 1951 when the family moved back to Ohio. She was a faithful Generalettes member, attending monthly luncheons through January 2016, the month before she entered Glendale Place.

In the 1950s she received a leadership award from the Hamilton County Agriculture Extension Office as leader of the first urban 4-H Club in Hamilton County, after her oldest daughter wanted to continue 4-H membership in Reading.

She played team volleyball at GE before retirement and recreational volleyball into her late 70s, taking her own equipment to Huff family picnics. She mowed her own grass into her 80s and drove her own car into her 90s.

At Glendale Place she continued working word-search puzzles, following the Cincinnati Reds (She and her sister, Thelma, had attended 13 consecutive opening day games, including one when it snowed) and reading daily Enquirer sports pages.

Her four children, who survive, are Jo-Ann (Henry "Bud") Albers of West Chester Township; Joyce Allen of Plano, Texas; Susan (William) Worley of Gatlinburg, Tennessee; and Paul Henry (Dorothy) Huff of Symmes Township. She is survived by seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson; two sisters, Thelma Brown Luttrell of Mason and Betty R. Thomas of Hamilton; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Josephine Brown Garrett and Anna Brown Osterkamp; and two brothers, George "Junior" and Loyal R. Brown.

The funeral was June 23 at Gwen Mooney Funeral Home, 11285 Princeton Pike, Glendale, Ohio. Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Lockland Church of Christ, 419 W. Wyoming Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45215; or Hospice of Southwest Ohio, 7625 Camargo Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45243.
Published in The Casey County News on July 12, 2017