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Garvice Ann (Glazener) Huskinson

Garvice Ann (Glazener) Huskinson passed away in her home in Vernon, Texas on Feb. 8, 2024, at the age of 85.

Ann was born in Vernon on Aug. 23, 1938, and was the adored only child of the late Garvice Looney and Clifton Lee Glazener.  Ann was married to the late LTC (Retired) William M. (Bill) Huskinson, Jr. of Wichita Falls for 55 years until his death in 2015.  Ann threw herself into the communities where she lived and built many lasting relationships along the way which she maintained the rest of her life.  Ann was very accomplished, but above all, “Nini” loved and was so proud of her family where she bragged constantly on their only child, Todd, his wife Brenda, her grandchildren Will and wife Abby, Ben, Abbey and Drew and great grandchildren Liam and Maddie.  Besides her family and friends, her greatest passion was cooking.  She developed and collected many recipes over the years and published some of her favorites in a cookbook and in the local paper in Red River, New Mexico.  Most of all she loved to cook for her family and friends who would visit Ann for her great food, conversation and hospitality.

Ann left Vernon in 1956 to attend Christian College in Columbia, Missouri and later transferred to Texas Christian University where she graduated in 1960 with a degree in Speech Therapy. While at TCU, Ann met Bill, who was attending Texas A&M University in College Station.  They married in 1960 and upon Bill’s commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, became a dedicated military wife.  Their time in the military led them on travels across the United States and Europe, all with their son in tow.  After returning from their second tour in Germany in 1974, they moved to Fort Lee, Virginia, where Ann became involved with the theatre on the base where she did whatever was needed from building sets, to running lights and ultimately directing shows. In 1976 Bill was transferred to Fort Hood and they moved to Copperas Cove, Texas.  Ann became involved in the community theater there where she held many roles including a reprisal of Bloody Mary in South Pacific.  When Bill was transferred to Kuwait in 1978, Ann remained in Texas so that Todd could complete high school in the United States.  While Bill was traveling back and forth, Ann earned a Master’s degree from Texas Women’s University in Denton in Language and Speech Development for the Deaf and taught deaf students for many years in the Copperas Cove School District.  Following Bill’s return from Kuwait, they moved to Chester, New Hampshire where they bought and renovated an historic house.  Ann loved everything about living in New Hampshire, the natural beauty, the seasons, the way of life and, of course, most of all, the people.  In fact, these New Englanders, known for their caution about “outsiders”, elected Ann a town Selectman despite her Texas roots.

In 1988, her mother’s health called her back to Vernon, and they purchased the house on Texas  Street that she had admired since she was a young girl.  Before long, as she was prone to do, she became involved with the Red River Valley Museum, ultimately rising to become its Executive Director.  She threw herself into it and under her direction, the museum continued to expand and evolve with the addition of new exhibits and events.  She also served on the board of the Vernon Regional Hospital and was a lay preacher at the United Methodist Church, all while hosting a guest (or 50) in her home and loving every moment of it.

Throughout the years, she loved going to Lake Tahoe with family for great food, scenery and maybe a little gambling.  She and Bill also spent a lot of time at their condo in Red River, New Mexico where they loved to have friends visit so she could cook for them, play games and enjoy the cooler weather.  As with all her other travels, she developed lasting friendships there.  She had an independent “can-do” attitude, an infectious laugh and was a master cook and storyteller.  She will be greatly missed by each member of her family and her many friends.

Ann is survived by her son, Todd, and his wife Brenda; grandchildren Will and his wife Abby; Ben, Abbey and Drew, and great grandchildren Liam and Maddie, and a little one on its way in April.

A visitation service will be held at Sullivan Funeral Home on Friday Feb. 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and, funeral services will held at First United Methodist Church in Vernon on Saturday, Feb. 17th at 4 p.m  Ann will be interred alongside Bill at the Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Houston.

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