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Loise Jerden Hughes, 84, passed away Wednesday, March 28, in Iowa Park. Burial and a private service will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA., with her husband, Colonel H.B. Hughes.

Mrs. Hughes was born Oct. 20, 1922, in Hemphill, to Jack and Bethel Whittlesey. She grew up and attended school in Hemphill. She and Harson Bryan “Bo” Hughes were married July 4, 1941. He preceded her in death March 31, 1997. He was a career service man in the United States Air Force, and they lived on various military bases in Tampa, Fl., Little Rock, AR., Tokyo Japan, Wichita, KS., Minot, N.D., and Spokane, WA. She was involved with the Officer’s Wives’ Club at various bases.

While stationed in Wichita, she began a career in Real Estate. They then returned to Hemphill when Bo retired from the Air Force where she was active in the Hamphill Garden Club, Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of the Republic of Texas. After her husband passed away, she moved to the Wichita Falls area and lived in Merrill Gardens for four and a half years. She enjoyed playing cards with her family, quilting, and gardening.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Arlene Cook; and a brother, Truette Whittlesey.

Survivors include her daughter, Dee E. Decker of Iowa Park; three sons, Harson “Bryan” II of Fargo, N.D., Gary “Lynn” of Chanhassen, MN., Joseph “Dean” of St. Cloud, MN.; a brother, Joe Lynn Whittlesey of Hemphill; a sister, Ovie Desadier of Huntsville; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The family suggest memorials be made to Hemphill Garden Club or the Nonprofit Management Center, Wichita Falls.


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