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Laurice Arlette Huey of Esmond, Illinois, left this earthly world October 21, 2017. She was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on January 15, 1943, daughter to the late Chas B. and Dorothy (Gross) Waltner and sister to the late Wilfred and Sharon Waltner. She graduated in 1961 from Freeman High School, where playing the saxophone in band and lead roles in drama were among the many things she was actively involved in.
She met the love of her life, Charles LeRoy Huey, when she was 15 and they were united in marriage on July 14, 1962. They began their lives together in Fort Riley, Kansas, where Charlie was stationed. After he was honorably discharged in 1963 they took up residence in Dimock, South Dakota. In 1967, they relocated their family first to Burlington, Wis., for a short time, and then settled in Twin Lakes, Wis. She retired, after 18 years, from Watlow Thermal Systems (formerly known as Claude S. Gordon) in Richmond, Ill., in 1990 where she started as a clerical secretary, and ended her career there as an export specialist. For many years, she also worked seasonally as a tax preparer for H&R Block. Shortly after 1990, she again relocated, for the last time, to Esmond, Ill., where she worked part time at the Post Office. She especially enjoyed her semi-retired work there as well as serving as an election judge for DeKalb County.
Laurice was an avid reader and amateur poet. Her most treasured poems are the ones she wrote for each of her children and her grandchildren. She enjoyed card games and board games, Sudoku and crossword puzzles. Other hobbies included bowling for many years in a couple's league with her husband as well as gardening. When her mobility diminished, she then became quite the bird watcher.
Her homes throughout the years, including their cabin in Adams/Friendship, Wis., were always open to family and friends. All who entered were greeted with warmth and the reassurance you were always in a safe place, a place in which you were accepted, your words were heard, and wisdom was shared. These times with Laurice/Wheezie/"Ma Huey" will continue to be cherished memories as she left an imprint on many.
The everlasting constant in her life was her faith. She was born a Mennonite and chose to follow the Lutheran faith after marriage. She actively served the Lord as an organist, Sunday School teacher, and member of many committees that included key roles in the establishment of Strawberry Patch Christian Preschool in Kirkland and continued success of Messiah Lutheran Preschool in Twin Lakes, Wis. She treasured her Bible studies and those she shared them with. "Thy will be done" was what she always knew, always believed and always trusted as all would be according to God's plan and his timing.
Laurice is survived by her loving husband, Charles; cherished by their children, Debbie (the late Rob) Wright, Kevin (Karen) Huey and Darla McManus; and adored by her grandchildren, Steve (Brianna) and Jennifer Wright, Rachel and James (Cheyenne) Huey, Shane (fiancée, Faye Burlo), Jessica and Kayla McManus, as well as her great-grandson, Mason Wright-Smith. Laurice was loved and respected by many and will be remembered by other relatives and dear friends.
Her life will be celebrated Saturday, November 4, 2017, at First Lutheran Church of Kirkland, 510 W. South Street, with visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. and memorial service at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Carl L.M. Rasmussen officiating.
Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Quiram Kirkland Chapel, 309 South Fifth St., Kirkland, Ill.

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  1. Ann Hutcheson

    Charlie you have our deepest sympathy in your loss. Laurice was a great person, who cared for everyone. She will be missed by me at Election time, we had some great fun together. She was a person who enjoyed life, people, the Lord and especially you Charlie. I truly believe she will always be near.

  2. Teresa Carter and Sheron Gunn

    So sorry to hear of your loss! There are so many good memories of Laurice its hard to say, but she was friendly and kind. She will be missed!

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