KILMARNOCK—Mildred Coe “Milly” Huffman was a remarkable wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She died peacefully on February 13, 2021.
Milly was the loving wife of Richard (Dick) Huffman; and mother of Ward (Noriko) Huffman of Ashiya, Japan, Allen Huffman of Arlington, Keith Huffman of Rockville, Md., Sarah Huffman of Vienna and Lynne (Allan) Huffman of Stanford, Calif. She was the delighted grandmother of Emma and Mia Huffman, Brooke and Andrew Huffman, Garrett (Nancy), Austin and Morgan Huffman, Evan (Amy), Rebecca and Avery Reiss, and great-grandsons, Braiden and Mason Huffman, and Francis Reiss. She also was a caring sister to Anna Holland and Conway Coe; and an encouraging and supportive aunt to nieces and nephews, including Anna Brennan, Hazen and Claybrooke Dean, Guy and Gai Smythe.
Milly was born on October 13, 1931, in Washington, D.C. She was the third child to Conway Peyton and Anna Hart Coe. She enjoyed a wonderful childhood in Chevy Chase, Md., with amazing education at schools supporting the education of young women and with time spent at the family farm in Bluemont.
After attending Madeira High School (McLean), Milly graduated from Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) in 1953. In 1954, she married Dick Huffman, her childhood friend. After marriage, Milly and her growing family lived in Washington D.C., San Angelo, Texas, Kensington, Md., and Garrett Park, Md.
In 1993, Milly and Dick moved to Kilmarnock. In Kilmarnock, Milly established a home on the bank of the Prentice Creek at the base of the Chesapeake Bay, added her favorite antiques as well as furniture created by Dick, and gloried in the birds that came to visit. As always, she filled her home with family and friends.
Creative, kind, reflective, forgiving, dedicated and funny with an infectious laugh are words that describe Milly well. Throughout her life, Milly was an activist for civil and women’s rights, a gifted artist and craftsman, especially quilting; and she was committed to historical preservation, including the Garrett Park demi-sesquicentennial, Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern and the Tavern Quilters Guild.
A very special thanks from her children to the staff at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury for supporting Milly during her stay, enjoying the ways that she extended her community of friends, and giving her exceptional care.
A service and celebration of Milly’s life will be planned for a safer time in the future. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Civil Liberties Union, Tavern Quilters Guild and Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern Foundation.
Currie Funeral Home LLC of Kilmarnock handled the arrangements.