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Lillian “Eileen” DeMaris, 31, disappeared from Mason City, Iowa, on August 14, 1952, leaving behind three young daughters, ages 6, 4, and 2.
DeMaris was married four times. Her husbands included Patrick O’Brien, Shorty Thompson, Charles “Chuck” Jackson, and Tom DeMaris, who died in a construction accident in Minnesota.
Lillian Eileen Huff was born in Dodge, Nebraska, on May 12, 1921, to parents Lee Ollie Huff and Lillian E. (Stewart) Huff. The family moved to Mason City in 1934 when Lillian was a young girl.
For a period of time during the 1950s, Lillian lived in Killeen, Texas, and also worked as a food vendor with a traveling carnival.
She had eight brothers: Norman C. “Red” Huff, Calvin G. “Cap” Huff, Clifford Huff, John Huff, Judge David Huff, Leonard Huff, Lee “Bill” Huff, and Lynn Huff; and one sister, Vivian.
An obituary for her brother Norman “Red” Huff — who died February 23, 2001 in Mason City — was published in the Mason City Globe Gazette and included the following information in regards to surviving family members at the time:
[Norman Huff] is survived by four brothers, Calvin Huff, of Mason City, Clifford and wife, Jane, of Hampton, John and wife, Judy, of Mason City, and Judge David and wife, Cecelia, of Fallon, Nev.; one sister, Vivian Groom, of Joplin, Mo.; two sisters-in-law, Phyllis Huff, of Creston, and Edna Huff, of Sheffield; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Francis; three brothers, Leonard, Lee “Bill” and Lynn; and a sister, Eileen DeMaris.
Calvin “Cap” Huff passed away February 12, 2006.
Long after Lillian’s disappearance, her daughters continued to search for her.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact the Mason City Police Department at 515-421-3636.