EWING — Bette Marian Hughes, 87, of Ewing, passed away June 5, 2019, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.
Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Morton Johnston Funeral Home in Benton. Visitation will be from noon to 2:30 p.m., with the funeral beginning at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be at the Thurmond Cemetery in Ewing. A dinner will be hosted at the Rescue Free Will Baptist Church immediately following the burial service.
Marian was born on May 30, 1932, the daughter of Earl Sr. and Mildred (Warren) Smith of Benton. She graduated Benton High School in 1950, married James Ernie Hughes on Sept. 3, 1950, and after two years of following Ernie as he served during the Korean Conflict, returned to the farm in Frisco. She obtained her Registered Nursing degree and began her career as an RN Nurse and farm wife. She spent her life caring for others.
Marian was preceeded in death by her husband, Ernie; her parents; and three brothers, Jackie, Jim and Earl Jr.
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Marian is survived by her daughter, Marilee Clark and husband, John, of Ewing; son, James Earl Hughes and wife, Anjanette, of Benton; two sisters, Evelyn Fiala of Schaumburg and Francis Glover of South Roxana; four grandchildren, Sarah Lowery and Daniel Fairchild, both of Ewing, James Ethan Hughes, Owensboro, Kentucky, and Anna Hughes, St Louis; three great-grandchildren, Sebastian Fairchild, Tamrah and Lauren Lowery; and a number of neices and nephews.
Special thanks to Lynn Mathis, Joyce Kelso and Marci Buck, caregivers who made it possible for Marian to spend her final years at home.
Memorial contributions can be made for the benefit of Thurmond Cemetery and will be accepted at the funeral home.
For more information or to send online condolences, please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com.