Friday, December 19, 2014



Shirley A. Hughes, 83, Wellsville, Kan., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at Olathe Medical Center.

Cremation is planned by Dengel & Son Mortuary, Ottawa. No services are planned.

Shirley was born Thursday, Feb. 19, 1931, in Ottawa, Kan., the daughter of Seth Edgar Whitacre and Juanita (Bryant) Whitacre-Eames.

She lived in Wellsville most of her life.

She graduated from Ottawa High School with the class of 1948.

Shirley was united in marriage with Stanley Clark Hughes May 3, 1948, in Baldwin City, Kan. He preceded her in death March 22, 1978.

Survivors include her five children, Steven Hughes, Craig Hughes, Sheri Watts, Susan Shields and husband, Tim, all of Wellsville, and Mark Hughes and companion, Julie Wilson, Largo, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; grandson, Kevin Watts; parents; stepfather, Harrison Eames; and sister, Connie Coffey.

Shirley not only was a wife and mother, but owned and operated the Wellsville Tavern with her husband from 1966 to 1981. She also was a cook for the Wellsville Manor Nursing Home.

She enjoyed the simple things in life: cheeseburgers, chocolate, visiting Florida to see the dolphins and manatees, and going to the beach.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Wellsville Retirement Community through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.

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