Saturday, March 29, 2008

Marjorie Ruth Settle Huartson, 91

Long-time Riggins resident, Marjorie Huartson, passed away on March 26, 2008 at the Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center. She had been a resident there in Grangeville for several years. She was 91.

Marjorie Ruth Settle was born to Clyde and Joanna (Lee) Settle on November 23, 1916, in Afton, Wyoming. After living a short time in Salt Lake City, Utah, the family moved to Sacramento, California, in 1926. She had a younger sister, Virginia. In their early childhood, Marjorie and Virginia had trouble saying each other’s name, so they were known to each other as Din (Virginia) and Bardi (Marjorie); nicknames they lovingly used from then on. Marjorie took piano lessons as a young girl and so loved to play that her father had to pay her to STOP practicing at times. She graduated from high school in Sacramento in 1934.

Marjorie married Harold (Hal) Huartson on June 18, 1938, in Carson City, Nevada. They lived in Sacramento and had three children: Doranna Joyce, Richard Develo, and Claudia Louise. Marjorie worked secretarial jobs, working at McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento for many years. She also taught piano lessons. She and Doranna enjoyed playing piano duets. In 1960, they moved to Foresthill, California, where Marjorie was able to be a full-time housewife, and enjoyed the pleasures of her needlework (knitting, crocheting, tatting, and quilting) and baking bread, and loving every minute of it.

Unfortunately, this was not to last. In August 1960 they were burned out by a forest fire and lost everything, including her beloved piano. Marjorie went to work for the U.S. Forest Service until a move to Reno, Nevada, in 1970. In Reno, she worked for HUD until her retirement in 1976, at which time Marjorie and Hal moved to Riggins to spend their retirement years.

In Riggins, she joined the Salmon River Art Guild and began a hobby of painting in many medias. She was very creative, later adding quilling and pine needle basket-making to her artistic and needlework skills. She enjoyed all her needlework and artistic endeavors and always had several projects going.

Knowing she had Alzheimer’s, she hoped to stave off the disease by keeping her mind active. One way to do this was to memorize things. She vowed and succeeded in memorizing one of her favorite poets, Robert W. Service, and his poem “The Cremation of Sam McGee”.

In 1996, she fell and broke her hip. After her recovery, she lived with daughter Claudia and husband Rocke Wilson for over 4 years until she entered the Idaho County Nursing home.

She is survived by her three children: Doranna Glettig of Markleeville, California, Richard Huartson of Pine Grove, California, and Claudia Wilson of Riggins; 7 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband; sister, Virginia; a grandchild, Caren Tognotti, and a great-grandchild, Peyton Pulsipher.

A memorial service will be on Saturday, April 5, 2008, at 1:00 p.m. MST, at the Salmon River Community Church in Riggins.

The family requests that any donations may be made in Marjorie’s name to the Alzheimer’s Organization via the internet at The family thanks you for your generosity.

Cremation arrangements were under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville.

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