Sylvia Josephine (Mallett) Hughes was born March 6, 1943 in Pasadena, Texas, the daughter of Sammie Lawrence Mallett, DDS and his wife, Nell Edith (Labat) Mallett. She grew up and attended school in Pasadena graduating from Pasadena High School in 1961. She then attended the University of Houston where she received her BA degree in teaching in 1965. John Frederick Hughes was born Sept. 24, 1946 in Pasadena, Texas, to parents Fredrick Reynolds and Vivian Mae (Winks) Hughes. He grew up and attended school in Pasadena. After graduating from Pasadena High School in 1964, John served his country in the United States Navy. He was later employed as a Security Guard for NASA. On Oct. 13, 1977, John and Sylvia were united in marriage in Pasadena. They made their home in Pasadena until 1979 when they moved to Industry. Sylvia taught school in Pasadena until 1980. From 1981 until her death on May 13, 2005, she was employed by the Bellville Independent School District where she enjoyed the challenges that teaching eighth grade English brought each year. She loved animals, and was active in the Austin County 4-H Horse Project which she helped charter. One of her greatest joys was spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed the time she and John spent riding their motorcycle together. John worked security in Alaska on the Alaskan Pipeline. For 10 years, he was employed by Burleson Surveying in Bellville and drove for several local trucking companies. He was currently employed by Statewide Transportation. An active scuba diver, John, along with Sylvia, owned and operated Goinı Down Divers, Inc. in Katy. John loved hunting and fishing, and motorcycling with Sylvia. Both John and Sylvia were active members of the American Paint Horse Association. A devoted grandfather, he enjoyed teasing and spending time with the grandkids. John and Sylvia passed away suddenly Friday, May 13, 2005. They are survived by: Daughter and son-in-law Lela and Michael Kohring of Brenham; sons and daughters-in-law Larry and Rhonda Hughes of Bellville, John ³Sunny² and Shanon Hughes, and Chas and Susan French, all of Conroe; grandchildren Marshall and Wyatt Kohring, Chase, Brooke and Angelica French, Hayley Hughes and Shaye Sontag; Sylvia's sister Kay and David Ham of Palestine; John's brother Don and Faye Hughes of Rohmayor; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. They were preceded in death by their parents. Memorial service was held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at the Bellville High School Auditorium with the Rev. Sonny Rice officiating. In lieu of usual remembrances, friends who wish may make contributions to the Austin County Fair 4-H Horse Project, in care of First National Bank of Bellville, P.O. Box 128, Bellville, Texas, 77418. Arrangements were under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home, 12029 Highway 36 S. in Bellville.
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