In Memory of Edie Huffman

Members of the ACB of Indiana are saddened to announce the passing of our secretary, and good friend to many, Edie Huffman. Edie passed away peacefully in her sleep, Monday afternoon January 7 after fighting a long battle with cancer. Edie was revered by many as kind, knowledgeable, thoughtful, articulate, intelligent, and a voice of reason during difficult times.

Memorial services for Edie Huffman were held Sunday, January 13 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.


Edythe Lynn Simmons Huffman was born in Indianapolis on March 15, 1951, the eldest child of Mark E. Simmons and Louise Grigsby Simmons. She grew up in Starke County, Indiana, where both parents taught in the Knox Community Schools.


She pursued an undergraduate degree at Indiana University where she met her husband, John Huffman, of Lebanon, Indiana. While both were living and working in North Carolina, she received her Master of Science in Library Science degree and worked as a librarian in Milwaukee, WI, Cleveland, OH, Minneapolis, MN, and during two separate periods, at the Indiana State Library. Their son, Marc, was born while they lived in Milwaukee.


Edie was an active member of the National Library Association, and during her second stint at the Indiana State Library, her job brought her into frequent contact with other librarians and library administrators around the state. She made valuable contributions to the quality of public library services throughout Indiana. She retired from the Library in 2013, but she continued to keep up contacts with the many friends she had made there while working to improve the quality and organization of archival collections gifted to the Library.


Edie had many interests beyond her professional career. She was passionate about books and reading for their own sakes. She loved crochet and took up knitting in her retirement. Many premature babies benefitted from the little afghans she made, and many friends and relatives received gifts of needlework she created. Two of her afghans are on display here today. She sang in choirs and volunteered much time to other ministries of those churches.


She served for several years as Secretary of the American Council of the Blind of Indiana, as a leader of women’s groups, and as Treasurer of local Chapter 151 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees. She was also an honorary member of the Alumni Association of the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, of which her husband was an active member and officer.


Edie lost a courageously-fought battle with metastatic breast cancer at home on January 7, 2019, leaving this life as she wanted to leave it, with her nearest relatives at her side.


In addition to her parents, Edie is survived by her husband, John; their son, Marc, of Bloomington, IN; siblings Julie Graham and husband George of New York; Malcolm Simmons and wife Yvonne of Texas; Joyce Crawford and husband Rick of California; and Donna Araya and husband David of California. Survivors also include nieces, a nephew, a great-nephew, and two great-nieces: Jessica Poole, Allison Crawford, Eric Crawford, Alicia Franks, Holly Simmons, Ethan Franks, Ella Poole, and Katie Poole.


The family requested that, in lieu of flowers, guests may make donations to either St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, the Crochet Guild of Indianapolis, The ACB Angel Wall, or an organization of their choice in Edie’s name.


“Edie was an encourager to me. As president, I valued her support, love of life and embrace of new ideas, and her wisdom and perspective. She loved ACBI and gave abundantly to it, both of herself and her resources. I will miss her greatly!”

Barbara Salisbury

“One of my fondest memories of Edie is a few years ago she began studying to be a mobility instructor but had to quit because of her arthritis. Instead of giving up, she jumped head first in to the audio description project. That spoke volumes to me, helped teach me a life lesson as well. Thanks Edie.”

Rich Vonderhaar

“Edie will be missed. The ACBI family has lost a core member.
I first met Edie when I moved to Indianapolis in 2006. She was kind, peaceful and wise. A good person to have around for her discussions and service to all of us.
My sincere condolences to John and her family.”

Lynn Powers

“I did not know Edie very well, but as a member of ACBI, I saw her dedication to the organization. She was selfless and gave all she could to everything she did. Her life should serve as an example to all of us as to how to live our lives fulfilling a purpose higher than ourselves. She will be truly missed.”

Kari Goodman

“I first met Edie in 2009 when doing a presentation on Serotek at the Bloomington chapter meeting. I will always remember her as kind, considerate, articulate, inquisitive and intelligent.”

Michael Lauf

If donating to the ACB Angel Wall, You will need to put Edie Huffman Angel in the memoline of your check. You can mail your donation, in any amount to:
6300 Shingle Creek Pkwy Ste 195
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430