Jean Huggins
1928 - 2017
Jean Huggins

Cedar Rapids

Jean Huggins, (born Dolly Eugene Thornton) 88, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, formerly of Des Moines, Iowa, died on Monday, February 27, 2017.

Jean was born in Vivian, Louisiana to Felix and Willie Thornton on July 12, 1928. She was the youngest of seven children, all now preceding her in death. She and her husband Fred were married for over 50 years and he died in 2001.

Jean lived in Des Moines most of her adulthood, actively participating in Calvary Reformed Church.

Jean worked at Montgomery Wards as department head of Bedding and at Suzette Candies. She enjoyed reading and playing duplicate bridge and she was a life master in Contract Bridge.

Survivors include her two daughters Tia Huggins and Lisa (John) Conkling; five grandchildren Veronica (Jon) Abu-Saba, Xander Saide, David (Carla) Saide, Bryant Conkling and Tyler Conkling; two great-grandchildren Nina and Ari Abu-Saba; and niece Linda Parker Van Kirk who was like a daughter to her.

Special thanks to Meadowview Memory Care and Care Initiatives Hospice for the care they gave her at the end of life.

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Published by the Des Moines Register on Mar. 1, 2017.
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I was in sales class at Lincoln High assigned to work at downtown Montgomery Ward half day. My first real job. (1972-1974) I was placed in bedding dept. for training. Jean was absolutely the best mentor! She took me under her wing & treatrd me as her daughter. She always was positive, always had a smile, loved to laugh, had a zest for life, devotion for God. But most of all the unconventional love for Fred & the accomplishments of her daughters. RIP Jean.
Donna Morano Frowick
March 5, 2017
So sorry to hear this, Tia. Thoughts & prayers for you & your family.
Linda Fraser
March 2, 2017
My thoughts go out to Tia and the family on this sad occasion.
Eugenio Matibag
March 1, 2017
Very sorry for the loss of your Mother/Grandmother. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Debra Hodgin
March 1, 2017
She was my aunt. I remember how she loved her daughters and was always so proud of them!
I will miss you, Aunt Jean!
Laura Peters
March 1, 2017
I love you, Grandma!
David S
March 1, 2017
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