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Cecilia Ann Hanna Hughes, also known as Susie to her loved ones and friends, passed away peacefully on July 8, 2023 at the age of 83. She was born in Houston, TX on August 1, 1939 to David C. Hanna and Hazel M. Burns. Susie was a ... Read More
Cecilia Ann Hanna Hughes, also known as Susie to her loved ones and friends, passed away peacefully on July 8, 2023 at the age of 83. She was born in Houston, TX on August 1, 1939 to David C. Hanna and Hazel M. Burns. Susie was a cherished wife, a supermom, a member of the grandson's only club, a beloved sister, and a friend to many.
Susie graduated from Watson Chapel High School in Watson Chapel, AR in 1957 and went on to work in the registrar's office at Arkansas A&M College in Monticello, AR. She also worked in the entomology department at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR.
Susie married her high school sweetheart, Thomas Victor Hughes, Jr. on July 5, 1958 at the Sulphur Springs Methodist Church in Sulphur Springs, AR. They were happily married for 64 years and had three children: Rebecca Ann Hughes Barnum, John Thomas Hughes, and James Alan Hughes. She was an attentive grandmother to seven grandsons who loved going to Mamaw's house to eat. One grandson said, "Even sandwiches are better at Mamaw's!" She always provided dog treats to her many granddogs as well.
Although Susie's work revolved around her family, for many years she proudly served on the Son's Chapel Rural Builders Association Board at the historic Son's Chapel outside Fayetteville, AR. She was instrumental in having the Chapel placed on the National Register of Historic Places and delighted in scheduling weddings in the Chapel for couples from across the U.S. She enjoyed hunting for and collecting depression glass with her husband, Tommy, her sister, Janice, and brother-in-law, Littell. She grew the most beautiful irises and a wide variety of hydrangeas and served the most delicious Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts imaginable!
Susie was known for speaking her mind, checking in on her friends when they needed help, and making THE BEST peanut butter cookies! She will be deeply missed by all those lucky enough to have known her.
Susie is survived by her children, her grandchildren Colton, Dalton, and Tanner Barnum, Isaac and Benjamin Hughes, Jonathon and Jacob Hughes, and her sister, Janice Sparks and husband, Littell, and sister, Marlene Burns-Livingston. She also leaves behind two nephews, Mike Sparks and Jeff Cody, and nieces, Vicky Grimes Brown and Carole Grimes Flack.
Graveside services are scheduled for 10 am on July 22, 2023 at Fitzhugh Cemetery near Sulphur Springs, AR by Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors.
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