Ronnie was a lifelong resident of Altus and Jackson County. She married James Alfred Hughes June 28, 1926 in Marietta. Ronnie and Alfred owned and operated Hughes Drive-In Cleaners for many years. In 1949, Jackson County Memorial Hospital began serving patients and Ronnie was among the very first volunteers that served. Known at the "Pink Ladies", because of their pink uniforms, they served and still serve sandwiches, chips, drinks and snacks to the patrons and patients of Jackson County Memorial Hospital. Not only did Ronnie volunteer, she helped organize the "Candy Striper" program for young girls to also volunteer. One of her proudest accomplishments was in helping to organize the scholarship to one girl seeking to become a nurse. Ronnie consistently worked as a Pink Lady from 1949 until October 2003. In addition, Ronnie was a member of the First Baptist Church where she taught 5-year-olds for more than 50 years. She was also a member of American Business Women's Association, Rebekka Lodge, and was awarded the Woman of the Year Award.
Ronnie is survived by one son, Tom Hughes and his wife Donna of Midwest City; one sister, Marie Balthrop of Springfield, Ore.; one daughter-in-law, Kay Hughes of Midwest City; seven grandchildren, Kent Hughes, Scott Hughes, Brent Hughes, Paul Hughes, Brad Hughes, Ryan Hughes and Kris Thompson and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sons; James Laverne Hughes in 1940 and Dr. Quillen Hughes, M.D. in 2003 and five brothers and sisters.
Services for Ronnie Hughes are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, June 7, 2004 at Lowell-Tims Chapel with Dr. Jeff Moore officiating. Interment will follow at the Altus City Cemetery under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home.
The family of Ronnie Hughes greeted friends, Sunday, June 6, 2004 at Lowell-Tims Funeral from 2 to 3 p.m.
Tributes can be made at www.lowell-tims.com