Esther Pauline Hughes passed
peacefully into Eternal Life, Monday, March 31, 1997, at a
Nampa hospital, following an extended illness. Funeral
services will be conducted at the Alsip Funeral Chapel in
Nampa, Friday, April 4, at 10 a.m. The Rev. Robert Miller
will officiate. He will be assisted by Dr. Stephen Borger,
senior minister, and Rev. Kenneth Ball, all of the First
Church of the Nazarene. Rev. Don Hughes, her eldest son, will
also assist m the service. Burial will follow at Hillcrest
Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.
Pauline was born November 26, 1901, in Friendsville,
Tennessee, to Ambrose and Luzena Griffitts. She and her
family arrived in Nampa in 1916. She married Hobart M.
Hughes, September 30, 1922. They enjoyed 71 1/2 years
together before Hobart preceded her in death by 3 years and 6
days. She was also preceded In death by one daughter, five
brothers, two sisters, three grandchildren, and one
Pauline is survived by three sons and three
daughters-in-law, Rev. Don and Lois Hughes of Pasadena,
California, Harold and Carol Hughes of Manteca, California,
and Glenn and Elinor Hughes of Nampa, Idaho. She is also
survived by eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren,
and three sisters-in-law, Vi Griffitts and Ocie Bromagem of
Nampa, Idaho, and Elsie Sheldon of Lindsay, California, and
many nieces and nephews.
In 1916, Pauline and her parents began attending Nampa
First Church of the Nazarene, where she served as Sunday
school secretary. For several years she served as cradle roll
director and Sunday school teacher at Homedale and Fairview
Churches of the Nazarene. Her greatest joy in life was taking
care of her family and working with her flowers. The Hughes
home, one of the five oldest in Nampa, was for years a
showplace of colorful flowers, especially roses.
She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and
grandmother. She kept careful records of each birthday and
wedding anniversary, and even in later years, she faithfully
remembered each individual with a birthday or anniversary
Friends and family remember her for her quiet, but
gracious hospitality, loving attitude, and winning smile,
which endeared her to all who knew and loved her . Her courage
and uncomplaining attitude, in spite of pain and failing
health, are an inspiration to us all.
Visitation will be Thursday, April 3, from 5 to 8 p.m., at
the Alsip Funeral Chapel. The family suggests memorial
contributions to the Senior Ministry of the First Church of
the Nazarene, Nampa, or to Gideons International.