Marlys M Hughes

March 25, 1934November 16, 2020

Marlys Mary (Hiles) Hughes passed peacefully into the hands of her loving father on Monday, November 16, 2020.

Marlys Hiles was born in Missouri Valley, Iowa on March 25, 1934 and passed away in Yakima, Washington on November 16, 2020.

Having moved, with her family, at the age of four, to Badger Pocket, Ellensburg, Washington in 1938, the family then moved on to Gleed, Washington in 1940, eventually settling on 80th Avenue in Yakima in 1945 where her parents established their apple ranching enterprise. As a child, in the Yakima Valley, Marlys attended Wide Hollow School and Franklin Junior High School.

Marlys met her beloved husband Thomas Hughes in 1949 and married Tom one year later. Together they birthed their four children, William, Deborah, Douglas and Tammy. The early child rearing years had Marlys devoting her time, energy and love, not only to her children, but also to aiding and supporting the family construction business. At times Marlys would take on seasonal warehouse work in order to help make ends meet. Eventually she worked into the restaurant industy, subsequently owning an operating her own restaurant. All the while she continued to further her education, making every effort possible to be of the utmost benefit to the family enterprise. The developing computer era found her studying accounting principles and computer applications thereof. Everyone that knew Marlys knew that she was a relentless workaholic and continuously strived for perfection in all things she attempted and expected no less of her children.

In 1996, Marlys was finally able to retire from her bookkeeping duties for her son Douglas and his company, D.H. Construction, so that she could focus all of her attention on her children, grand children and, eventually, great grandchildren.

Marlys was an active member of Christian Life Center and West Valley Four Square Church for many years, and, in addition to raising her kids and grandkids and working to support the family businesses, she also managed to plan and organize many church related events and activities. Marlys is survived by her children; William (Ann) Hughes, Deborah (Bernie) Anson, Douglas (Louella) Hughes and Tammy (Nick) Brawn; as well as 15 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, B.A. Hiles and Stella R. Hiles, her brother, Layla Hiles and both of her husbands, Thomas Hughes, Jr. and Gene Cross.

Furthermore, it has to be said that Marlys had a never ending love and devotion to her family, not only her children, but she meant the world to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Very seldom do you find someone as devoted to her family as Marlys. Therefore, she will be truly missed by so many loving family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Osanide Orphanage through West Valley Four Square Church or the Union Gospel Mission.

Visitation will be held Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Keith and Keith Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 23, 2020 at West Valley Four Square Church, 5802 Summitview Ave, Yakima. A committal service will follow at West Hills Memorial Park. Fond memories and expression of sympathy may be shared at


  • Michael Bivins, Casket Bearer
  • Brad Bivins, Casket Bearer
  • Skeet Bivins, Casket Bearer
  • DJ Nystrom, Casket Bearer
  • Thomas Hughes, Casket Bearer
  • Matthew Brawn, Casket Bearer


  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 21, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Monday, November 23, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, November 23, 2020

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Carolee & Wayne Maxwell

November 27, 2020

So very sorry to hear of Marlys passing. My condolences to the entire family. I loved my visits with Marlys. We shared the love of Jesus and America with each other. She is definitely in her heavenly home now. God bless each of you. An Oklahoma family.

Debbie Thomson

November 22, 2020

Deb and Bill, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I know you have lots of good memories. Lean on those to help you through these difficult days.
Debbie Thomson

velma Chronister

November 20, 2020

We had a lot of good trips with friends that Marlys organized. She was a great travel planner. Will miss her. She was a great blessing for a lot of people.

Denice Buchman-Johnson

November 20, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prays are with your family during this time. I have great memories of meeting my parents, Chuck and Connie at Ram Inn and visiting with Marlys to see what she was making that day.
My deepest sympathys.
Denice Buchman-Johnson

Dustin Rowe

November 19, 2020

Nicole and I send our love and condolences from Oklahoma.

Anna Cross Warren

November 17, 2020

So sorry for the loss of your Mom. Her passing leaves a big hole in many lives. She is now with those who had passed on before her, no more pain, no more sorrow.

Rita Porter

November 17, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear of Marlys passing. She was very special to me, like another mother. Please accept my sympathies to all of her family.