By NATHAN GREGORY
Friends and teachers of Treasure Huffman are remembering her as a bright young mind with a glowing personality.
Huffman died Wednesday in a single-vehicle accident on Oktoc Road. She was a 2011 honors graduate of Starkville High School and was enrolled at Mississippi State University at the time of her death. Visitation was held Thursday at Welch Funeral home in Starkville. Funeral services were held Friday at Adaton Baptist Church.
Fellow SHS classmate and MSU student Diana Pechanová said Huffman had been her best friend since 10th grade.
“I can’t even begin to describe how much of a great friend she was. We’ve told each other so many times that we wouldn’t know what to do without each other. Now I have to figure that out,” Pechanová said. “She was truly the best friend I ever had, and I will never have another best friend like her.”
Pechanová said one of her fondest memories of Huffman is spending a Thanksgiving with her and her family.
“My family is from Slovakia, so we don’t do a big Thanksgiving,” she said. “(Her family) cooked a bunch of food. It made me feel like I was part of their family. They are such nice and welcoming people.”
While still in high school, Huffman was active in SHS Theatre. Former SHS teacher Mandy Kinney said Huffman was one of her best students.
“I was completely honored to have worked with Treasure. I had her in my all my classes. While she was quiet, she was absolutely brilliant, very helpful (and) loved by absolutely everyone. She was an excellent stage manager and a beautiful makeup artist,” Kinney said. “(She was) so creative, so talented and an excellent writer. She loved all parts of theatre. She enjoyed being on stage, which for a student I think being able to go out of your comfort zone like that, she knew how to push herself.”
Kinney said one of Huffman’s biggest talents was her writing ability.
“I had never had a student write so beautifully and eloquently. I know she loved her family. She was really close to her mom and dad. Her dad used to come up and help us with our set pieces, and I know they enjoyed bonding through theatre. I hoped she would go into theatre at some point because she was so talented,” she said. “She was friends with everybody. She could hang out with the quietest kid in class and she could also hang with the most outgoing and outspoken kids. She just fit everywhere. She was an absolutely beautiful girl. Her eyes and her smile were just gorgeous. I know that if I was having a bad day she would smile and it would make me feel better.”
Marcy Smith, who taught Huffman Advanced Placement Art History in her last high school year, said Huffman was a perfectionist when it came to her studies.
“She was a joy to have in class. She was very hard working and conscientious about everything she did, almost to the point of perfection,” Smith said. “If she had a test or an essay, she would double the time studying than anybody else did because she wanted her essays to be perfect. The hardest part about being a teacher is when we lose someone that had so much potential and it’s cut short for them.”
SHS history teacher R.J. Morgan also taught Huffman and said she was a sweet, innocent student.
“She was very neat, mild mannered and always attentive. She was always laughing and well liked by her classmates. It’s just shocking that somebody like that is gone,” he said. “One of the toughest parts of about being a teacher is dealing with the loss of a student or former student. When we are around them, we can see them develop and see the potential they have as a future adult. When something like this happens and you see that snatched away, it’s hard because you as a teacher had a better grasp of the potential ahead of them than they do. It’s hard to comprehend and deal with for all of us (at SHS).”