Carol Huddleston, 75, stepped into her heavenly home on September 1, 2020 after battling with dementia and other physical ailments.
Carol was born on August 27, 1945 in Eureka to her parents, Earl and Marguerite Butler. She was a lifelong resident of Humboldt County except for a brief period when she lived in Morton, Washington after marrying her husband, Gary.
Carol worked at South Bay Elementary School as a library clerk and also playground supervisor and eventually transferred to Pine Hill Elementary School to become their librarian until her retirement in 2006.
Carol was a member of the Eureka First Church of the Nazarene and attended faithfully until her health began to keep her from going to church. She played the piano there on occasion and many years ago sang in the choir until it was disbanded. She loved to sing and created a trio with her daughters Cindra and Conna, singing many specials in church over the years and for Christmas Eve services. In her younger years, she was involved with Child Evangelism Fellowship and taught “Good News Clubs” with her mother for the neighborhood children and led many of them to the Lord.
Carol married Gary in October 1963 and together they had 3 children: Cindra Huddleston, Conna Rodrigues, and Gerald “Scott” Huddleston. She and Gary were also foster parents to many children for several years. She waited a long time to be a grandma and was thrilled when Bryan and Michael were born, and Melody, Joshua, Sarah, Daniel, Rachel and Jenica became part of the family via adoption.
Carol loved to travel. She enjoyed a Gaither Homecoming Friends Cruise to Alaska with her husband, Gary. She also traveled to China with her daughter Cindra as she adopted Melody and Vietnam when Cindra adopted Jenica. She also traveled to China with her daughter, Conna and son-in-law, Paul as they adopted their daughter Rachel. She was also excited to travel to Japan to visit her son, Scott, daughter-in-law Dana and her grandsons when they were stationed there.
Carol is survived by her daughter, Cindra Huddleston; her son, Scott Huddleston and his wife, Dana and her loved grandchildren: Bryan Huddleston and his wife Brenica, Melody Collver, Michael Huddleston, Joshua Rodrigues, Sarah Rodrigues, Daniel Rodrigues, Rachel Rodrigues, and Jenica Huddleston. She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Marguerite Butler; her beloved husband, Gary Huddleston; and her sweet daughter, Conna Rodrigues.
Carol will be buried at Ocean View Cemetery on September 15, 2020 with her immediate family in attendance. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic there will be no memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating to the Conna Rodrigues Scholarship Fund at Redwood Christian School, your favorite charity, or to North Coast Dance’s scholarship fund, she loved watching her granddaughters, Melody and Jenica dance with the company, especially in NCD’s yearly production of “The Nutcracker.”
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