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Marlyn "Marti" Kates Huffstedtler
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Birth: Mar. 19, 1946
Ventura County
California, USA
Death: Jun. 10, 2013
Polk County
Missouri, USA

Marlyn Huffstedtler, 67, of Bolivar passed away Monday, June 10th at the Parkview Healthcare Facility in Bolivar. She was one of 7 children born to Edward and Naomi Kates in Oxnard, California.

Marlyn moved to Bolivar in 2010 to be near her sisters and brother coming here from Ventura, California where she had lived and raised her family. She had worked at the Ventura Star-Free Press for many years.

She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Ventura and she was a volunteer in the community helping with Veteran's activities. She was very active in her church functions and derived her greatest pleasure from helping others and serving the Lord. As her health permitted she enjoyed water activities such as boating, camping, fishing and swimming.

Marlyn was a member of the Bolivar Pentecostal Church of God.

Marlyn was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Robert and Dale Kates, and a grandchild.

She is survived by her husband Terry Huffstedtler of Ventura, California; sons Eric Huffstedtler and his wife Lynette of Oxnard, California and Aaron Huffstedtler of Ventura, California; daughter Terra Murphy Brown of Texas; brothers Eddie Kates of Bolivar and James Kates and his wife Donna of Westminster, Colorado; sisters Ruth Herr and her husband Darren of Springfield and Pat Hayes of Bolivar; 5 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Marti was a loving and kind friend and helper to many of the residents of Parkview Healthcare Facility.

Memorial services for Marlyn Huffstedtler will be held 11:00 AM Friday, June 14, 2013 at the Bolivar Pentecostal Church of God with Pastor Harold Johnson and Pastor Norman Culbertson officiating.

Online condolences may be submitted at

Following from 'Parkview Outlook' Feb 2012

Marlyn Marti Huffstedtler was born in Oxnard, CA. March 19, 1946. She was the third child of Edward and Naomi Kates. Her siblings are Eddie, Robert, Dale, Perry (James as he prefers), Ruth and Pat.

Edward worked on farms in California to support the family and Naomi worked as a housekeeper and later packed lemons. Some of Marti's memories of childhood include trying to help her dad lay out the sprinklers at the farms, riding her uncle's horses, learning to crochet, and playing baseball. One time during a baseball game when her Dad was playing, he threw the ball so hard he almost broke her arm.

One day a man came over to the Kates' home and while there told Marti's brother he was going to marry her. Soon, Terry Huffstedtler's prediction came true when Marti said yes and they married September 14, 1963. Three children soon blessed the couple, Eric, Tara and Aaron. Through the trials and tribulations of marriage and divorce, she married and divorced Gary Sutton before reconciling and remarrying Terry in November of 1999.

Marti held different jobs to help support her family. She worked as a housekeeper at hotels and at a plastic factory The factory produced medical bottles which Marti put labels on and then box and stack, getting them ready for shipment. Marti remembers fondly her job inserting flyers at Ventura Free Press. She worked her way up to taking the paper off the press and loading paper into the machine.

After Marti's second grandchild was born and diagnosed as hearing impaired, Marti was inspired to go to college to become a deaf interpreter.

While in California, Marti was a member of The Avenue Community Church choir for three years and she taught Sunday School and helped teach an adult Bible study class. For pleasure, Marti likes to sing, she has taken piano lessons, plays bingo and has bowled in leagues. She won several patches, including a 300 patch and a trophy. Her passion is drawing. She has even drawn and painted a 5' by 7' mural for a music academy in Santa Barbara.

Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Created by: luann
Record added: Jun 12, 2013
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Marlyn Marti <i>Kates</i> Huffstedtler
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