Melvia Jean 'Tiny' Huddleston, was born October 7, 1944, in Hugo, Okla. She was one of 12 children to the union of John Thomas and Cleo Gayler, a twin to Dean, and the final child and sibling to join her family in heaven. Melvia was the mother to four children, preceded in death by sons, Alan Rae Bowen and JC Huddleston; Survived by son, Jeff (Sheri) Lenhart; daughter, Tracy (John) Fontecchio; grandchildren J. Charles, Samantha, Nicole, Rachel, Jessica (Blake), Dylan and Colton; great-grandsons, Colton, twins Jordan and Jacoby; great-granddaughter, Gracie with baby brother, Windham arriving in July. Tiny spent forty years with longtime business partner Chuck Haggard and his family. Chuck and Tiny established H&H concessions, carnival, Christmas tree sales and finally bred, raised and showed miniature horses, including a two-time National Grand Champion. For the past 14 years, Melvia was a proud and loyal employee of Walmart. In her final year, Tiny resided with John and Tracy on hospice care being pampered, spoiled and loved, and making cherished friends with Pat, George, and Paula. A special thank you to Sangre de Cristo Hospice for their love and dedication to my sweet mother. Service, 2 p.m. Monday, May 20, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. When a person departs from this earth they never truly leave, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds and in our memories and re-telling of their stories, they live on forever. Tiny will certainly live forever because of all the memories and stories that exist from her unbelievable life! Tiny had an incredible, unique, larger than life personality and though its been three and a half decades since I saw her face to face I can still hear her voice and I break out in a smile recalling all the fun and antics she had with my mom and dad and all of Haggard’s crew on Thomas Shows.
    It is sad that she left Jeff and Tracy at this time but now she is with Alan and JC. I pray that God will comfort her family and friends.
    Bless you, Tiny, as you make your final jump. You will never be forgotten!

  2. Melviia I was deeply saddened when I heard you left this world .as fellow former coworker you were one of the best .i always enjoyed talking and laughing with you sharing stories..you will be deeply missed

  3. Tiny, you were definitely one of I kind ! I have always admired your strength, and courage with so many memories of you that made me laugh, and also cry when you had went thru some very hard times. Tiny will always be a strong chapter in my life that I will cherish in my heart and soul. Your legacy will continue in stories of Carnivals days with all the good times and laughter you brought. You will be deeply missed but always remembered.

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