MISSION – Eddie L. Hughes, 93, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at Pax Villa Hospice Facility in McAllen.
Mrs. Hughes was born on Oct. 28, 1920 in Hayworth, Okla. to H.O. Wallace and Lena Morgan Wallace and came to the Valley when she was 10 years old. On Dec. 6, 1936, she married W.E. “Buster” Hughes in Mercedes. They live at Ft. Brown in Brownsville until Mr. Hughes finished his military service and were married for 52 years.
She worked at Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. for 40 years starting as an operator and ending her service at the power plant. She attended Pan American College.
She was awarded Mission Woman of the Year in 1989. Her community service the following: Order of Eastern Star, Life Member and Past Worthy Matron; Leadership Mission, officer; Telephone Pioneers, officer; Mujeres Unidas/Women Together; AARP; Mission Historical Society; Hidalgo County Juvenile Mentor; and Mission Historical Museum.
Survivors include her daughter, Samantha Hughes Minardi of Austin, and five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; daughter, Mary Letha Leonard; sisters, Carmen Hunt, Annie Mae Lilly and Lois Kapeller; and brother, Henry Wallace Jr.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m. at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Mission.