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Wilhelmina ‘Mina’ Allen Huber

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Wilhelmina “Mina” Allen Huber, 89, died on July 21, 2019, after more than two years of leukemia-related illness. She was the daughter of Dr. Greer Allen and Isabel Lucille (Pullen) Allen, of Springfield, Ohio, and the wife of Kenneth “Ken” Huber.

Mina graduated from Fisk University, where she studied biology. She worked as a medical technologist throughout her career, retiring from Central State University’s Health Center. Mina’s marriage to Ken was her third. Her first marriage, to William Smith, with whom she had three children, ended in divorce, and her second, to Charles Brown, ended in his death.

A longtime resident of Yellow Springs, Mina was a great cook who enjoyed hosting gatherings of family and friends at her home, as well as meeting with them at Com’s and The Gulch. She was the family recorder, taking thousands of photographs over the decades, which she mounted in albums. She and Charlie Brown were dedicated fisher folks. She was a voracious reader and a viewer of old movies. She also enjoyed doing the NY Times crossword puzzle each day with Ken.

During the course of her illness, Mina appreciated the caring attention of the staff at Kettering Cancer Care and Friends Care Community, and they, in turn, were touched by the sweetness of her spirit. Mina had a wry sense of humor, a sharp eye for pretense, a deeply generous heart and a gift for friendship. All who came within the ambit of her caring were and remain truly blessed.

Mina was preceded in death by her sister, Patricia Allen Davis, and brother, Greer Allen; daughter Carol Smith (Vondruska) Shutley (Mike); and past husbands William Smith and Charles Brown. She is survived by her husband, Ken; daughter Lisa Smith Gardner (Daniel); son, Eric Smith; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by her beloved nieces and nephews, Joan Davis, Mark Davis, Blake Davis, Syrie Davis Fried (David) and Elizabeth Davis Ebright (Jim); and other family members and dear friends.

A memorial get-together will be scheduled at a later date.


3 Responses to “Wilhelmina ‘Mina’ Allen Huber”

  1. Hello. My name is Alice Gerrard and my husband Jeremy and I were students at Antioch in the mid 50s and again in the early 60s. I never knew Wilhelmina but we knew her brother Greer Allen and were also friends with Ken Huber. I was so sorry to hear of Kenny’s death in January. I was interested to read of Com’s in the obituary and was interested in knowing what ever became of that place. It was a wonderful place to go and they had the best pork chop sandwich that I’ve ever had. I realize this is very late but I just saw this when I was trying to find out more about Com’s and went down the google rabbit hole. My deepest condolences to your family.

  2. Lisa Gardner says:

    Emily, this is Mina’s daughter Lisa. Thank you for your comment. By chance are you talking about Caesar? He was a big part of our family on those visits and we all loved him. Mom had an expression when my sister, brother and I wouldn’t admit to something that had gone wrong. She’d say, “Well I guess Caesar did it.” This has been a shared family memory for years.

  3. Emily Townsend says:

    I knew two Wilhelminas when I live in YS so I suspected she was one of them when I saw the obituary. She was and such a friendly and outgoing person. We had a dog that we adopted from a departing Antioch student and back in the relaxed days of the early 70s our dog would disappear for a few days. We discovered he would go visit Wilhelmina and her children. We all got a good laugh from it when it was discovered.

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