My sweet Aunt Mary was a wonderful and loving woman. She always seemed to embody a sense of calm as well as fun. As a child, I remember her beautiful red nails, games of solitaire, her love of Jergens’ lotion, and the way she called me “Shug” – short for sugar. So glad she introduced my dad to her best friend – my mom! She was loved by many and will be missed.
Mary Louise Hughes, 92, went to be with Jesus on September 13, 2019 at 6:05 a.m. at Heritage Nursing Home where she was lovingly taken care of by the nursing home staff. She was born in 1927, graduated from Reitz High School in 1945, and went on to study at Indiana University. In 1968, she married Marcell “Bill” Hughes and they were happily married for 37 great years, before he passed in 2005.
Mary started working at Meade Johnson in 1968 where she worked in the research division until her retirement in 1992. The pharmaceutical division moved to Wallingsford, Connecticut in 1992. They wanted her to move, but she retired at 65 years old. After a couple of months they offered to rent a house, pay utilities, and fly her and Bill back and forth several times a year. She continued to work in Connecticut where she and Bill enjoyed many excursions around the east coast on the weekends. She continued to work another three and a half years. Her dedication to her job was rewarded royally. When she returned home, she worked at GFI research until she finally really retired.
Mary’s love of walking was as dedicated as her work ethic. She clocked thousands of miles and was a known presence at Central High School parking lot. She kept a log book of her many miles. Mary was a longtime member of Evansville General Baptist Church until she switched to Harwood Baptist Church for driving convenience. She was also active in the SWIRCA Kitchen Band for years. Mary also volunteered at Keep Evansville Beautiful and was the volunteer of the year for several years until 2012. She also volunteered at the USS LST 325 memorial.
Mary is survived by son David Embry; his daughter Laurie Ann and her husband David Grayson and David’s other daughter Samantha Embry and her child Emma. Bill and Mary’s other son David Hughes and his wife Kay Hughes. David and Kay’s son Slade and his wife Alison Hughes and their children Kayleigh and Jackson. David and Kay’s daughter Reagan and her husband Matt Bennett and their children Hunter and Mickey who called her Grandma Sugar. Bill and Mary’s daughter Pamela and her husband Larry Kuehne and their son Matthew and his wife Rhonda Kuehne and their children Troy and his wife Hailey and Seth and his wife Shawna and their baby boy on the way. Larry and Pamela’s son Scott Kuehne, and their daughter Laura and her husband John Wirthwein and their children Mattie and Audrie Louise. Mary’s niece Sheila and her husband Jud Holtey and Mary’s younger niece Sharon and her husband Carl Spaulding; and many grand nieces and nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by her grandsons Nathan and Joshua Kuehne who were there to greet her when she arrived in heaven. Also to greet her was her beloved husband of 37 years, Marcell “Bill” Hughes, parents Velma and Clarence Gottman, and Joseph and Flossie Howard. Mary’s brother James and his wife Phyllis Howard were also there to welcome her home.
The family had a private graveside service on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 1:30 PM at Sunset Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to United Caring Women’s Shelter 324 NW 6th Street Evansville, Indiana 47708.
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