MISSOULA – Donna Genevieve Tubbs Huguet, 84, a lifelong Missoula resident, died peacefully in her home, on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. She (along with twin sister Dolores) was born Jan. 3, 1930, to Clarence and Marguerite (Malloy) Tubbs.
Donna graduated from Missoula County High School (now Hellgate High), in 1947 and attended the University of Montana for one year before being hired as a secretary for John Toole Insurance Agency and then for the U.S. Forest Service. She married the love of her life, Claude Huguet, in 1951 at St. Anthony Church and together they started a family, which eventually grew to six boys and three girls.
Donna continued working at the Forest Service until the birth of her fourth child, then devoting all of her time, attention and care to her growing family. She also served as a member of the St. Anthony Altar Society. As a mother she was a natural, making sure her brood was happy and healthy. When the youngest of the family was safely off to school, Donna returned to work at the USFS, retiring in 1992 after 22 years of service. Meantime, she and Claude were fixtures on the bleachers at Rattlesnake School and Hellgate High School cheering on their boys and then youngest girl as they excelled in sports.
Donna and Claude shared 63 and a half wonderful years of marriage, raising their nine children and then welcoming the next generation (19 grandchildren) and the next (seven great-grandchildren). Donna loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, delighting in hosting birthday parties and special holiday celebrations for the entire clan. She remained close to her beloved siblings and their families (the Trempers, Tubbs' and Fabatz's), all of whom have fond memories of time spent together at the cabin on Flathead Lake's Little Safety Bay, Fourth of July reunions at Columbia Gardens in Butte, and rides in the historic tour boats at Helena's Gates of the Mountains.
Donna will always be remembered for her kind heart, gentle spirit, giving nature and sunny disposition. She cherished her friends in the "Birthday Club": Dolores Tremper, Molly Caplis, DeLoris Engen, Phoebe Johnson, Justine McMenus and Carlene Johnson, as well as, her network of fellow neighborhood moms, raising their Baby Boomer kids in the Rattlesnake Valley throughout the '50s, '60s and '70s.
Survivors include her husband Claude Huguet of Missoula; three daughters, Kathie (Curt) Peterson of Hooper, Utah, Janet (Scott) Sproull of Missoula and Jennifer (John) Flink of Kalispell; four sons, Mark C. (Lisa Remior), Kevin T. (Margie), Ron J. (Rhonda), and Jim A. (Connie), all of Missoula; grandchildren, Eric, Kevin (Sarah) of Ogden, Utah, and Bryan (Darby) Peterson of Hooper, Shawn (Lisa), Connor and Brett (Kari) Sproull of Missoula, and Megan Sproull of Port Angeles, Washington, Michael (Naomi) Huguet of Polson and Ryan Huguet of Missoula, Sarah (Neil) Lehner of Fairbanks, Alaska, Allison Huguet of Missoula, Kathleen Huguet of Boise, Idaho, Tanner and Kirsten Fruit of Missoula and Lindsey, Ben and Matthew Huguet all of Missoula and Robert, Heather and Thomas Huguet, all of Missoula, and Jack and Chelsey Flink of Kalispell, Stephen Flink of Denver, and Evan Flink of Missoula; great-grandchildren, Jackson and Hana Sproull of Missoula, Quinn and Emma Sproull of Missoula, Pasqal Huguet of Polson and Ellie and Charlee Lehner of Fairbanks; numerous nieces and nephews; and special adopted family members, Shannan and Sophia Sproull.
Pallbearers will be her sons, Mark, Kevin, Ron and Jim. Honorary pallbearers include grandsons, Eric Peterson, Shawn Sproull, Michael Huguet, Ben Huguet and Robert Huguet, plus longtime family friend, Jim Caplis.
Donna was preceded in death by sons, Mike and Robbie; parents Clarence and Marguerite Tubbs; sisters, Grace (John) Fabatz, Kathleen (John) Donlan and Dolores (Frank) Tremper; brother Bobby (Florence) Tubbs; grandchildren, Matthew Peterson and Jesse Huguet; and great-nephew, Randy Sutey.
The family would like to thank the Partners in Home Care's Hospice staff, Father Gary W, Reller of St. Anthony Parish, and dear nieces, Debbie Williams and Terri Tremper for their compassionate care, as well as, Dr. Lisa Lovejoy for providing Donna with special care throughout the years.
Visitation and a rosary vigil will take place at St. Anthony Parish at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at St. Anthony Parish, with a reception and burial at St. Mary's Cemetery to follow.
Memorials may be made to St. Anthony Parish 217 Tremont Street, Missoula, MT 59801, the Missoula Food Bank, 219 S. Third St. W., Missoula, MT 59801, or a charity of your choice.