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Celebrating the life of

Theresa (Terri) Sue Huiras

August 16, 1938 - October 26, 2021

Terri was a very devoted wife, and the very best Mom a daughter could have. She was always there for you. She had a great love for her family, both near and far.

Theresa (Terri) Sue Huiras

Theresa “Terri” Sue Huiras passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 under the care of Hospice Savannah. 

Terri was born in Plymouth County, Iowa (Westfield) on August 16, 1938, to the late Leonard L. and Neva Mae McCorkell Hoffman. Terri grew up in Centerville, SD surrounded by very dear family and friends. She attended the First Congregational Church. She eventually made her way to the University of Iowa and became a lifelong Hawkeye, following the Hawkeyes for the rest of her life, and finding a love for football, both collegiate and professional. In the late 1950s, the Hoffman’s decided to move to Sacramento, California. There Terri worked as a secretary at McClellan Air Force Base. This is also where her lifelong love for the San Fransisco 49ers began. She saw her first professional football game at Kezar Stadium, the original home to the SF 49ers, and she was a Niner Faithful from that day on. She then moved to Hawaii, Oahu, and worked as a secretary at Wheeler Air Force Base.

Once back on the mainland, she became a flight attendant with Continental Airlines and lived in Santa Monica, California. One night at a pool party in the apartment building where she lived, she met her future husband Werner Huiras and her whole life would change forever. They were married in Las Vegas, NV on February 24, 1965, and had their only child Gretchen soon after in Wichita, KS. Five months after Gretchen was born, Werner was transferred with Cessna Aircraft first to Frankfurt, Germany and then onto Brussels, Zaventem, Belgium. Terri did not speak the language(s), was in a foreign country(s) and had a five-month-old baby to take care of, it was difficult to say the least. However, from this would come many adventures and many moves. Terri and Werner would eventually retire in Savannah, but traveled the world on numerous occasions, Munich, Germany being their top destination. Terri loved to travel with Werner, see new places, try the local cuisine, and meet new people. She enjoyed reading, particularly the newspaper(s), loved watching golf and football, both on TV and in person. She always had music playing and loved nature and animals. She was a fantastic cook, a very devoted wife, and the very best Mom a daughter could have. She was always there for you. She had a great love for her family, both near and far. She would wake up with a smile on her face and saw the world with a kind of innocence that is very special and very rare. She was extremely thoughtful and would go out of her way for all occasions to send cards and write letters. She had excellent wordsmanship and always knew what to say and how to say it. Terri is preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Neva Hoffman and her husband of 52 years, Werner H. Huiras. She is survived by her daughter Gretchen Huiras, and all her wonderful family in California, South Dakota and Montana. She is greatly loved and will be greatly missed. May her memory be a blessing. Rest well Mommy, I love you. GO NINERS!

The family extends sincere thanks to Dr. Marianne Fleming, Dr. Grant Lewis, Dr. Aaron Pederson, Patti Emfinger, PA-C, Hospice Savannah, and Shirley Campbell from Home Instead Senior Care. Thank you.

Per Terri’s wish, there will be no memorial service. In lieu of flowers, may we suggest that remembrances be made in Terri’s name to your charity of choice.

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Dear Gretchen, we're so sorry for your loss of your Mom Terri. She was such a lovely lady and we always will remember her. We're looking back to the wonderful times we had together either in Savanah or Munich or Garmisch- Partenkirchen or Heretsried. We'll never forget how proud she was when she wore her Dirndl, because Werner liked it so much. May she rest in peace! ❤

- Heribert & Andy, Kelowna, B.C., Canada

In good memories, even if you are gone, you always by us in munich and in our hards, it was great to meet you and Werner and your phantastic doughter Gretchen. In love Walter, Elisabeth and Markus.

- Hupfauf , Munich, Bavarian, Germany

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Dear Gretchen, we're so sorry for your loss of your Mom Terri. She was such a lovely lady and we always will remember her. We're looking back to the wonderful times we had together either in Savanah or Munich or Garmisch- Partenkirchen or Heretsried. We'll never forget how proud she was when she wore her Dirndl, because Werner liked it so much. May she rest in peace! ❤

- Herbert & Andy, Kelowna, B.C., Canada

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Dear Gretchen, We are so sorry for your loss. Your Mom could not have had a more faithful or loving daughter through the travails of her last year or so. And, wow, what a woman!! In all our conversations, I never realized how well traveled your Mom was and the fullness of her love of life. I am sorry I did not get to meet her. Kathryn and I are here for you. Please reach out when you are ready. A low key dinner with just the two of us? With deepest condolences, Jack (and Kathryn and Megan)

- Jack and Kathryn Stout, Savannah, GA

Terri, Werner and Gretchen were our dearest friends. We shared many hours together in Savannah and traveling in the US and abroad. We fostered their precious little dog Liesel for 10+ years while they lived in England and we considered them our extended family. There will always be a void in our circle of friends but we have treasured memories.

- Tom and Charleen Dorsett, Woodstock, Georgia

Terri is 4 yrs older than I am, to the day; the same age of my brother. Our hearts go out to you ;with this rich heritage, it is difficult to slow down. When Terri returns ,we will have to catch her up on a peaceful paradise. She lived like she would live forever, because she is going to with eternity in her heart. Just like Lazarus, she will awaken from “sleep” in the grave. Jesus will call, and Terri will answer, Job 14:14 Our roots in S. Dakota, Germany, W. coast and a family of athletes, gives us a similar background. She loved creation and will love paradise. JW.org “Enjoy Life Forever”. Love, Sandy Wirfs

- Sandy Wirfs, Monroe,, Louisiana

Dear Gretchen, My deepest condolences. I wish you strength and courage during this difficult time. With sympathy, Judy Hoffman

- Judith Hoffman, San Casciano, Italy

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
912-898-0900

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