OBITUARY

Frances Dunlow Hughes

December 20, 1935October 7, 2020
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Frances Dunlow Hughes, 84, of Fort Wayne went to her Eternal Home on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. She was born December 20, 1935 in Bertie County, North Carolina, and called Fort Wayne, Indiana, home for over 55 years. She was recruited at age 17 by the FBI to work in Washington, D.C., where she met and married her late husband, Willis M. Hughes. In her professional career, Frances held managerial roles with Baskin Patterson Fletcher, the U.S. Postal Service, Verizon, and was the Diamond Department Director at Service Merchandise. Frances was a charter member of Waynedale Baptist Church, serving as Treasurer and Sunday School Teacher. She often participated in her children’s and grandchildren’s school activities and was a proud military mom. Frances is survived by her sister, Jurlean Rhea Cook of Buckingham County, Virginia; her daughters, Sue C. (Keith) Caudill, Debra K. (James E.) Noonan, and Janet L. (Kirk M.) Hughes; her son, Willis F. Hughes; her son-in-law, Jack A. Marqueling; her grandchildren, Justin A. Marqueling, Darcy A. Noonan, Megan L. Brown, Shea H. Noonan, Mackenzie S. Caudill, Benjamin M. Hughes, Micaiah J. Caudill, Aeleia F. Hughes, Gabriel F. Hughes, and Jacob M. Hughes; her great-grandson, Adam Brown, and many other family members and friends whom she loved and will miss her dearly. She is preceded in death by her parents, Elbert and Frances Adelia Dunlow; her husband, Willis; her sister, Julia C. Hall; her two brothers, E.C. and Spencer Dunlow; and her daughter, Barbara L. Marqueling. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, 6424 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at the funeral home. Burial will be at Gardens of Memory, Muncie. Memorials may be may to Frances's Endeavor.

  • DONATIONS

  • Frances' Endeavor

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 15, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, October 15, 2020

  • Final Resting Place: Gardens of Memory

    Thursday, October 15, 2020

Memories

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Brenda Hess

October 23, 2020

Dear Sue, I noticed your mother had passed away while on this site for my mother, Edith Armington's passing. I hope they meet in heaven. My sympathy and prayers for your family. I went to FMC, our girls know each other. Brenda Hess

Sharyn Rogers

October 13, 2020

So many beautiful memories of my beloved aunt Frankie
I remember Receiving my first rainbow bible from her when I was in the children’s home . What a treasure ! What an impact that Bible would become in my life . . I recall driving with my family , while the children were growing up,,to Ft Wayne
to spend Sunday afternoons sharing KFC buckets with her and all my cousins . She and I would spend lovely visits together For many years when she would come to Muncie in spur of moment trips . I cherished each visit just to laugh with her .
I will forever miss her cards and notes she sent to remind me of her thoughts and love . I loved her as a second mother ; and will miss her immensely . Sharyn

Susan Tuori

October 13, 2020

I remember a party for Cai Caudill at Mocha Lounge and Mammie came. It seemed like everyone in the room hushed over when she arrived. She was revered as the commanding matriarch of the family. She was loved by everyone in the family who always had stories about how beautiful her love was for them.

I was also amazed by the attentive care she received from her family during her final years. This is the kind of devotion only returned to someone who has first loved well during their lifetime. She must have been quite a gal.

My condolences to the whole family.

Kathleen (Kat) Kramer Liddy

October 12, 2020

Mrs. Hughes was my manager at Service Merchandise Catalog Showroom in the diamond and fine jewlery dept's. I absolutely loved working with her. So easy to talk with
. I received so much knowledge by working there to help with my retail career. I have good memories from that dept. Mrs. Hughes just lost a friend also from Service Merchandise Catalog Showroom Mrs. Nancy Dove. They are together again in heaven. I give her family my condolences. God Bless. Sincerely, Kathleen (Kat) Kramer Liddy

Diana Cornett

October 11, 2020

Fred and I have always loved Frances and all of the wonderful Hughes family. Frances was truly one of the most humble and gracious ladies I have ever met and I was honored to call her a friend.

With our love and prayers,

Fred & Diana Cornett
Winchester, Kentucky

Beverly Dunlow/Tanganelli

October 10, 2020

I love you. Thank you for making me feel like I mattered.

WILLIS HUGHES

October 10, 2020

To my hero!
My mother showed me that God’s grace and love are eternal!
I love you mom!!
Dunie

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