Francesca Marie Hutchins-Huff, beloved wife of Shawn Huff, cherished daughter of Bonnie Hutchins, and devoted step-mother of Adonia Balestrino, joined God's angels on May 23, 2013. Born in Redondo Beach, California on March 21, 1969, she graduated from Redondo Union High School and Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, and completed post graduate work at Cal State Dominguez Hills. She made lifelong friends while working at Tesoro Refinery and Healthcare Partners. Her last career choice was her favorite - teaching third grade in Las Vegas, NV. Her class of under-privileged students (17 boys and 3 girls) gave her many challenges and delights. While there, she created a field trip program funded through recycling. She loved to travel, was a fan of Country-Western music, and became a passionate gardener after moving to Warren, Ohio, with her husband Shawn. Their union was a story from Hollywood. A chance meeting at their 20-year high school reunion brought them together. A spark was lit and the rest was history. Tragically, they only had five short years of wedded bliss. Francesca worked tirelessly on behalf of the Fanconi Anemia Association. She lost her sister Tara to Fanconi in 1993; Francesca was diagnosed in 2006. Her passing was due to complications following a bone marrow transplant to cure the disease. Francesca's father, Robert Hutchins and her sister Tara Hutchins preceded her in death. Her passing will be mourned by family and friends internationally. Please join us for a Celebration of Francesca's life at Rice Mortuary on June 16, 2013 at 4 pm, followed by a reception from 5-8 pm. Committal will be private at Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made via to Friends of Francesca FA Fund,

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  1. I did not know Francesca, but if I did, I know we would be good friends. Not only is her mother, Bonnie, an especially nice and helpful person, but that quality tends to pass down to offspring. Francesca taught disadvantaged children, and raised funds by recycling for field trips. I did the same, do not know what else to say, love you both.

  2. I knew her very well. She was a dear friend and very, very nearly family. I commented to a friend: in your mind wander our high school. try to visualize a place where you *didn’t* see her. You can’t. She was one of those people who made friends that easily with an infectious warmth and laugh.

  3. My heart goes out to you Bonnie and I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless you during this time. Me and my family send our deepest condolences.

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