December 8, 1947 - August 28, 2020
Linda KickingWoman Huddleston
Linda KickingWoman Huddleston, 72, passed peacefully August 28, 2020, due to complications from surgery. Her husband of 56 years, Phillip, and her 14 children were at her side as she passed. Linda was born December 8, 1947, in St. Paul, MN to Viola and Francis DeMarre. Her family moved to Portland when she was 9. She attended Arleta GS, then Marshall HS. It was there that she accepted a ride from a handsome stranger, Phillip, which started a courtship and wedding two years later in July 1964. She had 4 children: Lee, Mark, Monica and Veronika. Linda was a proud member of the Chippewa Nation, White Earth. She spent a lifetime helping the Native community. While working for the Indian Education Project, she found that there were virtually no foster homes for Native children removed from their homes. So, the Huddleston’s began caring for foster children in 1985. They have cared for over 100, and have adopted 10 of them. She then became involved in making the Foster care system work for the Native Children. She began her advocacy at the state, then National, and the International Foster Parents Associations. As a board member of the international Association, she traveled to many countries to share ideas with Foster parents in those countries. Linda and family have been active in local Native cultural activities with the Native American Youth Association, and the Native American Rehabilitation Association. The family attends Powwows around the Northwest, and Linda always did her best to take the children to their home Reservations to meet extended family. Linda was also a board member of the Foster Care Children and Family Fund Charity which provides services in America and abroad. Linda has many accolades and awards including the prestigious Jefferson Award.
She is survived by her husband, Phillip, her children Lee (Ruela), Leda (Jon), Mark, Monica (Jim), Veronika (Bobby), Tawnya (Eddie), Michael, Billy (Karley), Raven, Cricket (Levi), Joseph, Lolita, Sunshine, Xavier, and Casey. Also, current Foster kids Mitchell, Ayiana, and Ivan. She left 24 Grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Services at Omega Funeral Home will be private due to Covid-19 restrictions. A proper memorial will be scheduled when restrictions are relaxed. Tributes may be made online at the Omega website.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Foster Care Children and Family Fund, 2706 Badger Lane, Madison, WI 53713, or any Foster Care Organization or your choice. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery.