Florence Potter Hughes died July 15, 2009, in Midwest City, Oklahoma. Born January 25, 1917 in Newton, Mississippi, she was a graduate of Milligan College in Johnson City, Tennessee. She met her future husband, George R. Hughes, when they were graduate students at Northwestern University. After their marriage in 1940, they lived in western Kansas towns, where Mr. Hughes was a high school teacher. During the Second World War, Mrs. Hughes worked in an airplane factory while her husband served in the U.S. Navy. After the war, they lived in McPherson, Kansas, where Mr. Hughes managed an automobile dealership. In 1961 they moved with their four children to Ottawa, Kansas, where Mr. Hughes had purchased an auto parts business. Mr. Hughes died in 1984 of Alzheimer's disease. Besides raising their children, Mrs. Hughes worked as a secretary at the First Presbyterian Church of Ottawa and at the local high school. She enjoyed volunteer work, particularly as a Girl Scout leader and Sunday School teacher of preschoolers; she also took poetry and drama courses at Ottawa University. In 1996 she moved to Midwest City, where her younger son and his family live. An accomplished textile artist, Mrs. Hughes was honored with an exhibition of her quilts and other creations at the Midwest City Library in August 2007, as a celebration of her 90th birthday. She was a member of St. Matthew United Methodist Church. Mrs. Hughes is survived by her brother, A.B. (Buddy) Potter of Monroe, Louisiana; her daughters: Margaret Frailey Hayes and husband Richard of Kensington, Maryland; and Barbara Hosein and husband Everold of Indianapolis, Indiana; her sons: Richard Hughes and wife Nancy of Overland Park, Kansas; and David Hughes and wife Diana of Midwest City; nine grandchildren: Barbara Frailey and husband Danny Kaufman, William Frailey, Daniel Hayes, Jinnah Hosein and wife Megana, Megan Hosein, Michael Hughes and wife Jing, Laura Hughes, Jacqui Hughes, and Nolan Hughes; and five great-grandchildren: George Eloise Hosein, Desmond Drew Hosein, Iris Jerusha Kaufman, Sophie Anne Hughes, and Sylvie Carolina Kaufman. Services will be held at 9:00 am Friday at St. Matthew UMC under the direction of Ford Funeral Service. Burial will be at 4:00 pm on July 17th at Maplewood Memorial Lawn in Emporia, Kansas. Donations may be made to St. Matthew UMC or to the Metropolitan Library System, Midwest City Branch.
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Published in The Oklahoman on July 16, 2009