Carol Dean Hughes
April 30, 1936  -  September 26, 2016

Carol Dean Hughes


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Elmwood Funeral Home
5750 HWY 277 South
Abilene, TX  79606
Saturday, October 01, 2016
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel
5750 HWY 277 South
Abilene, TX  79606
Saturday, October 01, 2016
1:00 p.m.
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5750 HWY 277 South
Abilene, TX  79606
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Carol Dean Hughes, 80, quietly passed away on September 26, 2016.
Carol was born in 1936 in Ft. Worth, Texas to parents Lois and Walter E. Landis. After graduating North Side High School in Ft. Worth, Carol married her high school sweetheart, LeVene Hughes, in 1955.
Carol, LeVene, and their young and growing family lived in several Texas and Southern California communities before finally settling in Abilene, Texas in 1974. Carol was blessed with three children, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Having graduated from McMurry College in Abilene, Carol spent many happy years teaching at Jim Ned High School in Tuscola, Texas. She was involved in many student organizations at Jim Ned, sponsoring the student council, the PALS program and even chaperoning class trips. After retirement, Carol volunteered at the Medical Mission in Abilene. She was an active member of St. Paul Methodist Church. She also became a Master Gardener and loved spending time tending her roses.
Proceeded in death by her parents and her husband, Carol is survived by her daughter, Leah Hughes of Abilene, daughter Marci Nelson and husband Miles of Midland, son Blake Hughes of Midland; grandchildren Erin Blair and husband Drew, Rachel Nelson, Miriam Eltis and husband Drew, and Sam Nelson; great grandchildren Isaac and Brayden; her favorite brother Walter Landis, Jr. and wife Nancy of Falls Church, Virginia; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 11:00am – 1:00pm at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy 277 South, in Abilene, Texas on Saturday, October 1, 2016. There will be a chapel service at 1:00pm led by Pastor Felicia Hopkins of St Paul Methodist Church, followed by interment at Elmwood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Aphasia Center of West Texas, 5214 Thomason Drive, Midland, TX 79703 or a charity of the giver’s choosing.
Carol’s family wishes to express thanks and gratitude to the kind and gentle staff at Scharbauer Cottage/Manor Park for taking such wonderful care of her and also to Home Hospice for their aid in providing comfort to Carol and her family. Love and thanks go out to Karen Vick, who was a loyal and devoted friend always.

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  1. Ralph & Gaylen Mollet
    Abilene, TX

    We are very sorry for the loss of this wonderful Christian lady. She and LaVene were stalwarts at St. Paul for many years. Blessings to family & friends.

  2. Tom Massey
    Abilene, TX

    To Marci and Leah, I'm sorry to hear of your loss, Carol was a sweet and loving lady that I enjoyed knowing for many years. I had the joy of visiting with her at the retired teachers meetings and other retired teacher functions, she will always be in my heart. Hopefully the insurance she had helped out, I don't imagine it covered all the expenses, but at least Lavene and her took action to do something to help all involved. I hope everyone is well and good! God Bless all and take care
    Tommy

  3. Jon Hoebelheinrich
    Tuscola, TX

    Mrs. Hughes was one of my favorite teachers at Jim Ned in the late 80's. I especially enjoyed her Spanish classes where she made it fun. Each day, she would greet each of us to her class with a warm welcome, in espaol, of course, and ask us how we were doing that day. Sometimes, finding the words in Spanish to describe the feeling of the day was entertainment for us all! She also "bought" me as a slave on slave day, to which I was very much relieved, knowing how kind she'd be to me!

    I wanted to attend the visitation, but was not in town. If she was half as kind in her personal life as she was as a teacher, she was loved by many. I know she will be missed by you all!

    Jon

  4. Leslie and Charlie Gorman
    El Paso, TX

    Dear Marci, Miles and Nelson family, and all of the Hughes,

    We are saddened to hear of your loss, but at the same time know it is a relief that your Mom was set free of the suffering she endured in her final years. We met her once over 30 years ago on a stop in Abilene. She was robust, kind and welcoming. Those are the kinds of beautiful memories that we hope will sustain you as you move forward. That and the promise of eternal life. God bless Mrs. Hughes and God bless all of you with a deep sense of peace.

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