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Marjorie Jane Reed Huntoon


1920 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
MARJORIE JANE REED HUNTOON Marjorie went home to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on January 8, 2014 at age 93. She was born December 12, 1920 on North Buena Vista St. in Hemet to her parents Blanche and Earl Reed. Marjorie's brother, Charles, and sister, Bea, were also born in that home. When Marjorie was six years old, the family moved to three acres on South Girard St. Marjorie described it as "Really out in the country in those days." There was much work to do on "the ranch," but there were many happy family times as well. As a young person Marjorie worked alongside her mother, brother and sister in the apricot dry yards. As she grew older she and her sister worked in the Hemet Packing Company Cannery and after awhile Marjorie did office and payroll work for them for several seasons. Earl Reed was assistant postmaster in Hemet. Marjorie rode her horse, Cyclone, all over the valley. After graduating from the University of Redlands, Marjorie taught elementary school in Redlands, Claremont, Glendale, Riverside and Hemet for a total of thirty-two years; twenty-six years at Whittier Elementary in Hemet. She married Ralph Cecil Huntoon on June 28, 1952. Ralph also had strong Hemet roots, growing up on a citrus ranch in Valle Vista. The couple lived in Riverside for twelve years, where daughters, Patty and Linda were born, before returning permanently to Hemet in 1964. Marjorie had a special way with children and God called her to teach. She took great joy in teaching her students to enjoy learning, instilling confidence and creating a safe and comfortable learning environment for each child in her classroom. As one colleague described it, she "civilized" her students. Marjorie loved to read and study the Bible. She was very tenderhearted toward animals. She took in many strays and would rescue injured birds, nursing them back to health for rehabilitation. She liked traveling, especially to visit family. She enjoyed watching baseball and basketball with her beloved Ralph. Together they would root for the Angels, Dodgers and Lakers. Devoted to family, loyal to friends and loved ones, Marjorie lived out her faith each day. Her generous loving nature and sunny personality were a blessing to all who knew her. Marjorie received an Associate of Arts degree from Chaffey Junior College, a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Redlands and a Master of Arts degree with a major in education from California State College San Bernardino. She was a member of Inland Valley Baptist Fellowship, California Retired Teachers Association-San Jacinto Mountain Division, Hemet Heritage Foundation, The Sierra Club, and The Book Group. She was also a longtime member of Bible Study Fellowship, Interdenominational Bible Study Program, a former member of First Baptist Church in Hemet where she was a deaconess and sunshine chairman. Survivors include her husband Ralph Huntoon; daughters Patty Huntoon, Linda (Peter) Borromeo; sister Bea (John) Beckley, with many nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceding in death was her brother, Charles Reed. Heartfelt thanks to Luisa Acosta and her staff at Endless Care and Inland Empire Hospice. Services will be at San Jacinto Valley Cemetery, 2555 Santa Fe Ave., San Jacinto, CA 92583 on 1/16/14 2:30pm. A Memorial Service will be at Inland Valley Baptist Fellowship, 2700 W Johnston Ave, Hemet CA 92543 on 1/25/2014 at 11:00 A.M. Donations may be sent to Inland Valley Baptist Fellowship, Habitat for Humanity or Salvation Army. "This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Jan. 12, 2014
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