Eulema Mae Hughes, 92, of Booneville, passed away Sunday, Jan. 1, 2107 in her home. She was known as "Mimi" to her friends. She was born in a house in Booneville on Dec. 2, 1924. Mimi was one of seven children of Claud and Ethel Hodges, builders of the Hodges Edition in East Booneville.
Mimi graduated from the old Booneville High School in 1942, then attended the Oklahoma College for Women until becoming a "Rosie the Riveter" at North American Aviation in Grand Prairie, Texas.
When World War II ended, Mimi met her future husband on a Greyhound bus trip to Booneville. She worked at the C.H. Hodges Lumber Co. until marrying, moving to Fayetteville and giving birth to two sons. While there, she wrote letters dictated by patients at the VA hospital, which began a lifelong ministry to the sick and elderly.
In 1954, Mimi moved with her family to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she served as wife, mother, Sunday School teacher, Cub Scout den mother and hospital "candy striper". She also helped members of the deaf community, international college students and the elderly. Mimi returned to Booneville with her husband in 2004 to be near her sisters Aggie Mikles and Ethelyn Morton. She is survived by her husband, Grover W. Hughes; her sons, Grover Jr. and Greg Hughes; and four grandchildren, Paul, Ruth, Michael and Sara.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 at Roberts Memorial Chapel in Booneville with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery in Booneville under the direction of Roberts Funeral Home. There will be no graveside service.
In lieu of Flowers donations may be made to the South Logan County Boys and Girls Club, PO Box 545, Booneville, Arkansas, 72927.