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Information for Esther Pauline Griffitts Hughes

26 November, 1901 - 31 March, 1997

From The Idaho Press-Tribune

2 April, 1997
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Esther Hughes

    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 great-grandchild.
    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 greeting.
    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.

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