Jill Puffer

Jill Margaret Higton Puffer, 84, of Kanab, Utah, returned home on February 12th, 2021 in her home with loved ones by her side. 

Jill was born to Amy Eleanor Higton and Eric William Higton on January 8th, 1937 in Arnold, England.  She married Robert Len Puffer from Beaver, Utah on September 23rd, 1958 in the Salt Lake City Temple.  Jill is survived by her husband Robert and their five children. Ricky Len Puffer (Laurel), Robert Eric Puffer (Kelly), Reagan J. Puffer (Kelly), Heidi Jill Stucker (Chris) and Ryan Puffer (Deana), one brother, Stephen William Higton (Mita), 15 Grandchildren, 18 Great Grandchildren and 3 Great-Great Grandchildren. Jill is preceded in death by her loving parents.

Mom was surrounded by loving Parents, Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles and Cousins. Their support and love were especially important when WWII began. All the men were away at war and the Aunties and Cousins became very close and looked after one another.  Mom’s Dad left for the war when she was two years old and returned when she was eight, he was a prisoner of war for three of those years. Years later, Mom would teach about WWII and her experience to the elementary school children in Kanab.

One day walking through the town square in Arnold, she and a friend came across two young men surrounded by a group of people.  Little did she know that one of those young men would teach her about the gospel of Jesus Christ and baptize her. That young missionary from Beaver, Utah captured her heart.  Mom sailed to America with the blessing of her parents to marry that young man and their love story began. Mom and Dad were married in the Salt Lake City, Utah Temple and then started their family in Cedar City, Utah where Dad went to school and Mom worked at Cowley Drug store.  Later they settled in Milford, Utah where Mom worked as a nurse at the Milford hospital and they raised their family. In 1992 they moved to Kanab, Utah and have lived there ever since. Mom took everything that life gave her and made it not only beautiful but lots of fun.

Our sweet Mom was cherished and loved by all who knew her. She was known for her quick wit and wicked sense of humor. She loved to tease and was a good sport to be teased back. Mom had a kind and compassionate spirit and the most beautiful blue eyes and snow-white hair. She was a beautiful painter, fantastic cook and amazing gardener. She made many friends in Kanab while working at Honey’s greenhouse by helping them plan their gardens.  She grew beautiful lavender and would make lavender bags for the greyhound society and anyone who would like one.

Mom loved both her British and American cultures. She was immensely patriotic and spoke proudly of the time she became an American citizen. We loved all the British traditions and treats she would make. Growing up, our friends loved to come to our home to hear her speak in her cute little British accent.

Mom’s greatest joy was her family. She was a devoted, Wife, Mother and Grandmother. We will miss her every day, and we will make sure her memory and influence will go on for generations. We will love harder, hug longer, forgive more and spread as much kindness and laughter as we can to honor her legacy. 

Viewing will be held on Saturday, February 20th, 2021 at 12:00 PM with the Funeral services following at 1:00 PM in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel located at 20 W. Center street in Kanab, Utah.

Under the direction of Mosdell Mortuary



  1. Linda Sullivan Christensen February 16, 2021 at 2:36 am - Reply

    She was a wonderful lady. We are so sad to hear of her passing. Prayers for all of you.

  2. Liz Jefferson February 17, 2021 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Bob and Jill were our neighbors growing up. I will cherish those memories. Kind loving soul with the most beautiful big blue eyes. I will miss her, and think of her often.

  3. Ina Mae & Kurt Brinkerhoff February 17, 2021 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    Thanks, Bob, for the many years of delight & supportive friendship of you & Jill since the Milford/Minersville school days & continuing in Kanab. God bless you & your family. We are thankful for our knowledge of the Savior & His Gospel & “what’s on the other side.”
    Ina Mae (Tait) Brinkerhoff & Kurt Brinkerhoff

  4. Mark Hampton February 18, 2021 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    We met Jill in the Provo Hospital. Though she was not feeling well and uncomfortable, she took the time to lift, laugh, and love… In our brief visit, Kristie and I felt of her enormous spirit and desire to serve. We are so blessed to have gotten a glimps into the soul of such a wonderful lady.
    We are privileged to know and love Ryan and his family and will be eternally grateful to share with them the miracles and blessings of a loving Heavenly Father!
    Thank you Jill for such a wonderful life and legacy!

    Mark and Kristie Hampton

  5. Brandon Bouck February 19, 2021 at 5:51 am - Reply

    I recall helping to build a circular coral behind their house on the Milford flat. I dug the post holes for all the posts in that dry and grueling summer dirt. The coral would be used by Bob and Doug Albrecht my step-dad to break horses. Consequently, the coral was used by the Wright boys when the bought the house. I remember how Jill often took pitty on me as she brought me food and drinks giving me a needed break. She was always really kind and caring all the years I knew her. My heart goes out to her family.

  6. Aaron R. Bradshaw March 6, 2021 at 3:49 am - Reply

    Please accept our love and condolences. I will also have fond memories of the all of the English Sisters in our Milford 2nd Ward. I have been blessed because of the faith of such a lady as Jill Puffer. Your family will be in our prayers.

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