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Dorothy Hughes

Dorothy Lea (Wright) Hughes was born July 14, 1936 to David James and Mary L. (Mallory) Wright in Russell, Iowa. She graduated from Russell High School.

On August 28 of 1960, Dorothy was united in marriage to Arlen Franklin Hughes at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They lived a short time in Kellerton before moving to Mount Ayr where she spent the rest of her life.

To this union were born three children: Russell Santford, Mari Gay and Susan Kay.

Dorothy worked for the Elite Dress Shop in Chariton, Bankers Life in Des Moines, Small’s Coral in Mt Ayr, Athena’s Cards and Gifts in Mt Ayr, LaVel’s Dress Shop in Mount Ayr and Mount Ayr Health Care Center over the years.

Dorothy participated in various local clubs. Current years she was most active with Eastern Star, PEO, and DAR. She also loved going to morning coffee with a group of special lady friends. As they ran out of places to meet that early of a morning, she began going to the Senior Center for activities. And, once a week she would join a group of ladies for afternoon sodas at Jamie’s Coffee Mill. Her social activities kept her busy.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Kellerton. Her church family was very important to her.

Dorothy passed away at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center on December 24, 2018. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers David and Jack Wright and husband Arlen.

Left to cherish her memory are her three children, Russell Hughes (wife Janice) of Creston, Mari Hughes of Mount Ayr and Susan Andersen of Eagle River, Alaska; three grandchildren, Jaclyn Nicole Hughes, Eric Earl Andersen and Jennifer Lea Hughes; one brother Charles Wright.

Services: 10:30 a.m. - Friday, December 28, 2018 – United Methodist Church - Kellerton

Officiant: Pastor June Nolte-Davis

Open Viewing: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm, Thursday, December 27 – Armstrong Funeral Home - Mount Ayr

Burial: Maple Row Cemetery – Kellerton, Iowa

Memorials: Mount Ayr Public Library

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Dear Russ, Mari and Susan, I was so shocked and very sad to learn of your mother's passing. She was a gem and someone Raymond and I loved as 'family'. When I started working in your dad's office, your mom did not drive. I became her 'taxi', as well as taking each of you to and from school. She and I had some truly fun road trips before she got her license and became her own driver! Dorothy always had a smile and I loved it when she would come to the office to visit. We would have great talks and lots of laughter. You three were so blessed to have Dorothy for your mom and Raymond and I were equally blessed to have had both of your parents in our lives. May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories and may God give you peace and comfort at this sad time. Love you all, Donna

Raymond & Donna Shields Dec 28 2018 12:00 AM

Russell, Mari and Susan I am so sorry to hear of the death of your mother but I saw that picture of her walking in the lavendar and I couldn't help but think maybe that is what she is doing today! Our thoughts and prayers will be with you throughout this loss!

Linda R Neher Dec 27 2018 12:00 AM

Russell, Mari and Susan, My deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. I have some wonderful and precious memories of my dear friend. We have had some great times together over the many years that we have known each other. She will be remembered by her good nature and personality. Cherish your happy memories of her and she will remain in your hearts forever

Merill McCullough Dec 26 2018 12:00 AM

Nice to see Dorothy that you have received your wings. Dorothy is such a good name. My mom ,s too. Hope the family is finding peace and acceptance. zWilliam and I will pray that you have the best seat in the house up there...

linda Newton Smith Dec 26 2018 12:00 AM

Mari, Susan and Russell, So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was always so friendly and fun to visit with. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I'm sure you have so many memories to hold dear. May the Lord give you strength and hope in your sorrow! Rest in peace my friend.

Jane Thomas Dec 25 2018 12:00 AM

Mari and family. So sad to hear. Dorothy was such a fun person to visit with. She always had a smile and a friendly hello. Have good memories about her. Take care.

Doug and Sherri Hymbaugh Dec 25 2018 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about Dorothy. Enjoyed seeing her when she worked at MAHCC and then she moved into Assisted Living enjoyed visiting with her when I visited on Monday mornings for their coffee time. Condolences to her family.

Janet Hogue Dec 25 2018 12:00 AM

Saw her just last week. She always has a friendly word ,always said hello. She will be greatly missed by many. Rest now Dorthy. Tell Arlen Hello

Anonymous Dec 25 2018 12:00 AM