Mary Frances Hughes
May 11, 2014 | 654 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Mary Frances Hughes, 81, affectionately known by family and friends as “Sis,” was welcomed into the arms of her loving Savior on Thursday, May 8, 2014, after a short illness.

She was the oldest of five children to Joe and Martha Jones, born on Aug. 18, 1932.

She was a member of the Old Fashioned Gospel Tabernacle Pentecostal Church of God and had close connections to Mount Olive Church of God.

She was filled with the joy of the Lord and loved to have fun and share that love with others. She was an avid yard sale shopper, always on a quest to find the best antiques and the greatest toys for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

If yard sales were her first passion, then food was her second. She loved to grow it, planting a garden every year (often planting an extra row of okra if you weren’t watching).

She loved to cook it, and could feed a multitude, and she loved to eat it — sweets being her favorite. Food became a running theme throughout Sis’s life. She ran the Snack Shop at Lee College for several years in the 1970s and was so loved by the students that they often begged to come home with her.

She also cooked and served food at the Dog and Suds restaurant and Prospect grocery where she gained even more love from the Prospect community.

Her church family couldn’t wait to taste her famous chicken and dumplings each time they had a dinner and she would feed anyone, if they were hungry.

She raised her kids to love the Lord and she showed that love in everything that she did.

She had a life well-lived and we are all blessed to have been a part of it.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Martha Jones; and one infant sister, Mary Joe Jones.

She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Marvin Hughes Jr.; two brothers: Bobby Jones and wife, Robbie, of Cleveland and Johnnie Jones and wife, Linda of Detroit, Mich.; one sister, Carrie Dean Vaughn and husband, Jack, of Cleveland; three children: Dennis Hughes and wife, Linda, of Sparta, Sieglinda Sherrill and husband, Lester, of Cleveland and Maurice “Reece” Hughes and wife, Tonya, of Cleveland; loving grandchildren: Tracy Hughes, Travis Hughes, Holly Hughes-Barnes, John Hartness, Terina Hartness, Chanda Hughes, Brooklyn Hughes and Brandon Hughes; and 10 precious great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held today, May 11, 2014, at 4 p.m. with visitation from 3 to 4 p.m. at Mount Olive Church of God with Pastor Gary Sears officiating.

Interment will follow in the Mount Olive Church of God cemetery.

You are encouraged to share a memory of Mary Frances (“Sis”) and/or your personal condolences with her family by visiting her memorial web page and guest book at

Companion Funeral Home and the Cody family are honored to assist the Hughes family with her arrangements.