OBITUARY

Harriet Hill Hughes

July 15, 1938January 2, 2021
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Harriet Hill Hughes passed through the gates of Heaven peacefully in her sleep at home on January 2, 2021.

Harriet was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on July 15, 1938, to Louise and James Hill. After several years in Chicago the family moved to Dallas. She attended Hillcrest High School in Dallas and graduated in 1960 with a BBA from Southern Methodist University, where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Harriet met the love of her life, Bob, at SMU and they were married shortly after their graduation in 1960. They then moved to Pecos, Texas, where Bob joined his family’s insurance agency and Harriet became a teacher. She spent 12 years as a teacher in Pecos. In 1972, the family moved to Dallas, where Bob and Harriet have remained since.

Harriet returned to SMU as an employee in 1981, where she worked until her retirement in 1993. She eventually became the assistant to the dean of Meadows School of the Arts and was responsible for serving as the advisor to the school’s undergraduate students. She loved her job and made a huge impact on many students’ lives with her caring and wise counsel. Upon her retirement she was awarded the “M” award by SMU, which is the most highly prized recognition bestowed upon students, faculty, staff and administrators on the SMU campus.

Harriet was a devout Christian and member at First United Methodist Church in Richardson. She enjoyed nothing more than spending time with family, especially her grandchildren, and cuddling with her many beloved dogs. In her more active days, she found joy in gardening, traveling, riding horses, playing tennis, SCUBA diving, watching birds, and sailing at Lake Texoma. She was an avid sports fan and held season tickets to SMU basketball and football games, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Dallas Mavericks, and was also a fan of the Texas Rangers.

Harriet is survived by her husband, Robert Neal (Bob) Hughes; her son James Alton (Jim) Hughes and his wife Tamara; her daughter Alice Oakley and her husband John; granddaughters Mary Haddon Hughes and Caroline Louise Oakley; grandsons Alton Parker Hughes, II (Parker), John Robert (Rob) Oakley and his wife Haley; her sister Barbara Leach; and a host of loving friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, James Gregory (Greg) Hill.

Harriet had been struggling with several health issues for many years, including rheumatoid arthritis. The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to all who gave her such loving care during this time, including her dear friend Arla Jean Anderson, Dr. Maureen Gutierrez, the staff of Amity Hospice, and the caregivers at Home Instead and Right at Home.

Harriet was a devoted and loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother (Gram), and friend and, while her family is relieved that she is at last at peace with her Lord, she will be missed beyond measure. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made to Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas (www.goldenretrievers.org) or Network of Community Ministries (thenetwork.org).

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Frank Cordell

January 14, 2021

What a wonderful obituary; it tells the story of a life very well lived. My sincere condolences.

Ralph Holm

January 11, 2021

Mrs Hughes , what a touch of class you offered to the often raw bone side of a West Texas public school and its students. You have been remembered in Pecos as well as memorialized in Dallas, both fitting to the character you brought to us and the Hughes. Rest In Peace dear Friend!

Brenda Mackey Jessup

January 10, 2021

Bob and family, our sincere condolences to you on the passing of Harriet. You were always wonderful and caring neighbors to my parents, John and Dorothy Mackey. My parents, who have both passed, always appreciated being given fresh vegetables from Bob’s garden and for the many years of friendship. Our thoughts, love, and prayers are with you.

Cecelia Glenn McClellan

January 10, 2021

I went to school with Robert Neal, now known as Bob in Pecos. Always an achiever and sounds like he did well in finding a mate. I am sorry for your loss.
Prayers in this hard time.

Drew Matthews

January 10, 2021

Please know that my heart, thoughts, and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

Scheurer Hugh

January 8, 2021

I remember Harriet and Bob well from our many meetings at Bent Tree CC. and many years in the past. Take care. Our prayers are with you. Hugh and Susan Scheurer

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Jim, Harriet & Alice

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Harriet, Alice & Hunter

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Haddon, Harriet, Bob, Rob,
Caroline & Parker

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Jim, Harriet & Alice

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Harriet, Alice & Hunter

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Haddon, Harriet, Bob, Rob,
Caroline & Parker

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Alice & Harriet

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Bob, Harriet & David

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Barbara & Harriet

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Barbara, Jean & Harriet

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Harriet & Barbara