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“Illa was one of the most encouraging and thoughtful friends I have ever had. She truly lived her faith and made a difference in the lives of those...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Debby File - Lynchburg, VA

“We were so sorry to hear that your mother had passed away. We will pray for comfort for you and your family. ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Chuck and Doris Kanitz - MI

“Saddened to hear of Illa's passing. I lost track of her and Don many years ago. ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Barbara Nelson - Kalamazoo, MI

“Ma Huff will always and forever be my "ma". She was always happy to hear from me and always good to talk to. She was upbeat even when she wasn't at...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: J-me Andrus - WI

“So sorry to hear- she was always very nice. ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Mike Horsman - B. C.

“So sorry to hear of Illa's passing. She was a special neighbor back in our Pennfield days, and we will always remember her beautiful smile and...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Connie Katz - Battle Creek, MI

“I knew Illa through a mutual friend and was always impressed with her kindness and compassion. Such a true Christian. We have become poorer by this...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Cathy and Rod Puff - CERESCO, MI

“I will never forget her cards and words of encouragement when they were so needed. Let her memories and the love of others provide you some much...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Jeff Woodworth - Battle Creek, MI

“Sorry to hear of your mom's passing,Nikki. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Becky Armock - Battle Creek, MI

“Illa Mae truly was a very kind, loving, compassionate, tenderhearted woman -- also my beloved sister -- whom I will greatly miss and love deeply. She...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Sandy Finney - Battle Creek, MI

“So sorry for your loss. So thankful for the times we shared with Illa. She was such a joy to know and be around. We will miss her. Our thoughts and...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: David Mackaluso - Battle Creek, MI

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Illa Mae Huff, 71, of East Leroy, MI, went to be with her Lord on Monday, January 11, 2021.

Illa was born May 31, 1949 in Kendallville, IN, to Walter and Cordelia Elizabeth (Goodpastor) Harnish. She was a 1967 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and attended Kellogg Community College. Though she held many different jobs over the years, her favorite and most recent was office manager at Dr. Goldstein's practice.

Illa Mae Harnish married Donald William Huff at Southside Bible Church in Battle Creek, MI, on Valentine's Day, 1971. On their fifteenth anniversary, they renewed their vows among family and friends at Calvary Baptist Church, also in Battle Creek, MI. They were currently attending Wakeshama Community Church in East Leroy, MI.

Illa will be remembered for her generosity, her tender heart, and her genuine love for others. Her grandchildren meant everything to her, and she loved spending every minute with them she could. She liked to make cards and write poems for her family and friends, and she enjoyed canoeing and playing cards as well.

Illa is survived by her husband, Don; her son, Darren (Jody) Huff; her daughter Nicole (Mark) Iannone; her grandchildren, Rachael and Emelia Huff, and Nate, Jake, and Ethan Eberhard; three sisters, Sandy Finney of Battle Creek, Mary (Robert) Waters of Milton, FL, Pam (Bob) Sackett of Battle Creek; and numerous cousins, nephews, nieces, and their families. Illa was preceded in death by her parents; a twin sister, Sue Howard; her brother, Dick Harnish; and her brother-in-law, Dick Finney.

Friends will be received 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. The funeral service will be held for immediate family only 8:30 a.m. Friday, January 15, 2021 at the funeral home. Committal and internment will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the service is limited to only 25 people. The service will be livestreamed and may be viewed at, or you may also view it on Farley Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home Facebook page.

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