Maria R. Huff Dies at 78; Lived in Sitka, Oregon


Maria R. Huff

Maria R. Huff, who spent 35 years fishing in Alaska and Washington waters, died July 31 in Dallas, Oregon. She was 78.

She was born April 5, 1944, the first of 10 children of Refugio and Jana Zammaron, in Valle Hermosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

She started working in fields when she was 10, and continued working in orchards and canneries throughout her young adulthood.

Around 1964 she came to Sitka. She worked several jobs to support her young sons – she spoke often of the Coffee Cup Cafe, in the 300 block of Lincoln Street, and also worked at the American Legion and Revards restaurant.

She met  Timothy Huff, and they were married here on Jan. 23, 1972. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary earlier this year.

In 1975, they moved to Dallas where they raised their five children, and continued a life of commercial fishing on their 74-foot longliner, the F/V Red Baron, off Alaska and Washington.

Maria enjoyed cruising, camping and trout fishing. She also had a love for flowers in the spring, and she visited Reno, Nevada, as often as possible.

Maria is survived by her husband, Tim Huff of Dallas; sons David Jackson of Hillsboro, Oregon, Dan (Valerie) Jackson of Dallas, Donald Huff of Dallas, and Dean (Judi) Jackson of Sitka; her daughter Cindy Huff of Dallas; and 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

The family will be celebrating “this wonderful lady” Aug. 13, at a family home in Dallas.

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At a Glance

(updated 5-30-2023)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 12:15 pm Tuesday, May 30.

New cases as of Tuesday: 165

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 298,078

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,468

Case Rate per 100,000 – 22.64

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "Low.'' Case statistics are as of Tuesday.

Case Rate/100,000 – 58.70

Cases in last 7 days – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,424

Deceased (cumulative) – 10

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






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Sitka Community Hospital board of directors has asked SEARHC to stop providing most health care services to non-beneficiary patients. “During the collaborative process SEARHC has said they’re happy to do anything they can do to help,” said SCH Administrator Bill Patten. “This is one of the things they can do – not provide services to non-beneficiaries.”



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