Wendy S. (Barrett) Huntley, February 27, 1951- August 24, 2006 was born in Seattle, WA. She graduated from Seattle’s Roosevelt High School in 1969 and Willamette University in Salem with a degree in Biology in 1973. In the fall of 1973 she began teaching Life Science at Cascade Junior High in Bend, Oregon. On July 19, 1975 she married Albert Huntley. Wendy continued her career teaching Biology at Mountain View high School, where she also coached the dance team.
Wendy quit teaching full time in 1980 to raise a family, (Heidi ’80 and Heather ’82). During her children’s school years she served as president of the AAUW preschool and kindergarten, where they attended and volunteered in their preschool, kindergarten and elementary classrooms. As the girls approached Middle School age, Wendy resumed her teaching career as a long-term substitute teacher for other women starting families.
She lived and enjoyed life to its fullest, sharing her time and her creative energies with her many friends and family. She enjoyed creating a wide variety of crafts and sold her creations for many years at The Homespun Crafters Mall, the Christmas Goose Boutique and the Bend Spring, Summer, and Fall Festivals. Wendy was active in the “Circle of Friends” women’s group at the First United Methodist Church as well as the P.E.O., EN Sisterhood. An active quilter, she quilted weekly at BJ’s Quilts “The Basket” sending quilts to Florida for the families of fallen military and to New Orleans to survivors of Hurricane Katrina.
Wendy took joy in learning new things and traveling to new places. With family and friends, she traveled to Hawaii, Mexico, Fiji, Australia New Zealand, Japan, Ecuador, and The Galapagos Islands. In August of 2005, while undergoing chemotherapy, she embarked on a cross-country trip across the United States to move daughter, Heidi, to New York City.
Wendy’s 8 year battle with cancer began in 1998 when she was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. She was nearing her 10th anniversary of being cancer-free when in 2005 she was diagnosed with colon cancer. Wendy died at home with friends and family assembled for support. Because colon cancer is the #2 cause of cancer death of men and women, it is “Wendy’s Wish” to begin an active campaign to educate and screen for the early detection of colon cancer and ultimately to fund treatment for those in need of financial assistance. “Wendy’s Wish” would be for all to know the symptoms and have the diagnostic tests so that we can each have long life, free from cancer.