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Eleanor Smaga Hughes

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Eleanor Smaga Hughes, 89, a longtime resident of Alamogordo, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008, at Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center.
Mrs. Hughes was born Dec. 18, 1918, in Chicago, Ill., to John and Martha (Swintek) Howanietz. She has lived in the Alamogordo area since 1963.
Survivors include a daughter, Georgia Maners and her husband, Sam, of Bloomington, Ill.; three sons, Greg Smaga and his wife, Sharon, of Alamogordo, Walter Smaga, of Gallup, and Bruce Smaga and his wife, Amanda, of Cloudcroft; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Marian Goucher, of California, and Renee Peters, of Chicago.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walter Edward Smaga; and a brother, Anthony Howanietz.
Our mother always said, "My greatest gifts from God are my children," when, in fact, she was our greatest gift! Kind, loving, generous and a wonderful caretaker, she was supportive when we doubted ourselves. Her quick humor was enjoyed by all who knew her. She will always be in our hearts.
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008, at 2 p.m. in the Hamilton-O'Dell Chapel with the Rev. Chuck Moon officiating.
Friends may call Sunday from 1 p.m. until service time.
Interment will be in the Gridley Cemetery in Gridley, Ill.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Sept. 12 to Sept. 27, 2008
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