Morrene Hughes Britton, a well-known member of the Fayette and Howard County communities, died at her home on Saturday, October 1, 2016. She was 75 years of age.
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Born in Kansas City, Mo. on June 24, 1941, Morrene was the daughter of Morrison and Irene (Arnold) Hughes. Educated in the Fayette Public Schools, she graduated as salutatorian with the Fayette High School Class of 1959. After that, Morrene attended Carlton College in Northfield, Minnesota for a year. She continued her education at the University of Missouri where she was a member of Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society of Agriculture. In 1963, she earned the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Agriculture & Economics. Graduating Cum Laude, she became one of the first women upon whom that degree was conferred.
A woman of many talents and great ability, Morrene learned how to fly after high school, when she spent several months in Aruba with her aunt and uncle. Flying became a passion for Morrene and, when she returned to the states, she pursued that interest by earning her private pilot's license. Eventually she became a certified commercial pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings, and an instructor in this specialty. She instructed at Wilson's Flight Training Center in Kansas City, Missouri, and also instructed Kemper cadets at Boonville, Missouri. Morrene then returned to her childhood home and the Hughes Family Farm which has been owned by her family since 1818 and which she managed with much innovation and great success for many years.
On January 21, 1967, Morrene Hughes was united in marriage to Robert Lynn Britton at the First Christian Church in Fayette.
An active participant in her church and the community, Morrene served the Fayette First Christian Church as deacon and elder, led the church's annual blood drive, participated often in Meals on Wheels, and, for many years, led the Card Ministry that brings weekly greetings to those in need from the congregation. She also served locally with the American Red Cross and was a member of the Lawrence Talbot Study Club and Chapter NN PEO.
Morrene is survived by her husband of 49 years, Robert L. Britton of Fayette, retired Trans World Airline Captain, and by one daughter, Alison (Britton) Dice and her husband Joshua of Louisville, Colo. Two grandchildren also survive; Ashton Marcail and Rhett Hughes Dice, as do two step-grandchildren; Kayline Shae and Caden Joshua Dice.
A private family memorial service honoring the life of Morrene Hughes Britton will be held at the Hughes Family Farm on Saturday, October 8. Her ashes will be scattered on the farm she so loved, under a large walnut tree at the family cemetery, as she wished. The family suggests memorials to Coyote Hills Children's Home which may be directed to the care of Friemonth-Freese Funeral Service, 174 Hwy 5 & 240 North, Fayette, MO 65248.
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Published in Boonville Daily News from Oct. 7 to Oct. 8, 2016