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Emmagene (Huffer) Aitkens Zarifis, 91, rural Michigantown, died at 5:20 p.m. Oct. 29, 2017, at Wesley Manor. She was born Aug. 30, 1926, in Forest Township of Clinton County to Paris K. and Retta Lucetta (Ratcliff) Huffer. She was first married to Glenn A. Harshbarger. She later married Paul M. Aitkens on July 20, 1963, and he preceded her in death April 25, 1987. She then married Paul H. Zarifis on April 8, 1988, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 22, 2007.
Mrs. Zarifis was 1944 graduate of Rossville High School and a graduate of Huffer Beauty School. She was a longtime Clinton County resident, except for three years in Oakridge, Tennessee. Emmagene was a beautician for Huffer Beauty Shop and worked at P.R. Mallory for 10 years. She attended Union Baptist Church. She later became a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Frankfort and was a member of the Ladies of Charity and The Rosary Society. She enjoyed gardening, flowers and traveling. Emmagene traveled many places, including Africa, Canada, Tanzania, Istanbul, Athens, Europe, Mexico and the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska.
Surviving are three daughters, Judith Ann Crum, Michigantown, Beverly Kay (Joseph) Harmon, Kokomo, Janice Lee (Byron) Wolfe, Rossville; daughter-in-Law, Janis Harshbarger, Kirklin; stepdaughter, Darlene Zarifis, Indianapolis; stepson, Michael (Karen) Zarifis, Bourbonnais, Illinois; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Betty Christine Harshbarger; son, William Glenn Harshbarger Sr.; and stepson, Dr. Gavin Aitkens.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort. Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Whiteman Cemetery. Visit goodwinfuneralhome.com, where you may share a personal message.
Published on October 31, 2017
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