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Velma Hughes – August 24, 2017

Velma Hughes, 99, of Amarillo died August 24, 2017.
Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Burial will be in Llano East Cemetery.  Arrangements by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Velma Sitton Hughes was a twin born Nov. 26, 1917, in Throckmorton, TX to David and Elna Sitton. She grew up on a cotton farm in Throckmorton and graduated high school there in 1937. She married Owen Hughes in Ft. Worth, Texas in July, 1942.  During WWII, she joined the W.A.V.E.S., a program of the Navy, in 1944 serving until 1945.  After the war, they moved to the Texas Panhandle near Dumas where she was a homemaker raising their three children.  She loved to cook and sew, making many of her children’s clothes.
She and Owen moved to Anchorage, Alaska in 1977 where they enjoyed fishing for King Salmon on the Kenai and Russian rivers. Upon their return to Texas in 1981, they traveled and fished many lakes and rivers, wintering in Mission, Texas along with many friends.
Velma was an active member of Bible Baptist Church in Dumas from 1946 until she moved to Amarillo in 2005 when she became a member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Baptist Church. She made many friends in both churches.
Velma was preceded in death by Owen, her husband of 65 years, a grandson, Brian Pullum; her twin sister, Zelma, her younger sister, Millie and a brother, Billy Sitton and both parents.
Survivors include a son, Douglas and wife Shirley, of Denton; two daughters, Jeanne Pullum and husband Sammy and Karen Spangler and husband Terry, all of Amarillo; a brother, John Sitton and wife Cindy of Jewett, Texas; 7 grandchildren, David Hughes, Daniel Hughes, Julie Hoopes, Kristi Elliott, Mark Spangler, Jeff Spangler, and Dayna Birkenfield; 19 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Ussery-Roan and BSA Hospice of the Southwest for their loving care and kindness to our beloved mother.
The family suggests memorials be to Ussery-Roan Texas State Veterans Home, 1020 Tascosa Rd, Amarillo, TX 79124; or to BSA Hospice of the Southwest, 5211 SW 9th Ave Ste. 100, Amarillo, TX 79106.


  • Glen and Donna Milton Posted August 25, 2017 12:19 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort for you all now and in days to come. Love and hugs.

  • Delbert Dillard Posted August 25, 2017 12:44 pm

    Doug so sorry for your loss.

  • Sandy CNA 500 Posted August 26, 2017 11:59 am

    I loved taking care of Velma. She will be greatly missed.. Praying for the family during this hard time. Love you guys.

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