Marie E Hughes

Died: Thu., Feb. 16, 2017

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Feb. 25, 2017
Location: Burns Mortuary

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Marie L. Hughes

March 30, 1920-February 16, 2017

Marie L. Hughes, a Pendleton resident, died Thursday, February 16, 2017, at her home. She was 96 years old.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017, at 11:00 am, at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton.  A luncheon will follow at Lee Pfeiffer’s home at 46 NE Mt. Hebron Dr, Pendleton, OR. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Sign the on line condolence book at

Marie was born to Walesca and Raymond Loosely on March 30, 1920, in Fort Klamath, OR where she grew up through high school. Eight students graduated from high school which was the entire school and the last of the grade school in Fort Klamath. The second of five girls and one boy, she also worked alongside her father on their dairy farm. Then off to Oregon State College, Corvallis, OR, at only age 17.

Marie Graduated, 1942, Home Economics major and brand new husband V. Jay Hughes.  

Following a small reception, July 4th, 1942 in 104 degree weather they arrived in Lakeview, OR to begin his career with the US Forest Service. Jay joined a summer 4 man cruising crew. Marie was the hired cook.

In the fall of 1942 Marie taught in Lakeview High School. Spring 1943, they moved to Shevlin Hixon, a portable logging company 50 miles south of Bend. They transferred to “Fish Hole” out of Bly, into timber and fire control, then to Bly, OR.

May 10, 1944 their son Raymond (Ray) was born in Bend.

From Bly they transferred to Lakeview as Assistant Ranger. There he was chosen to begin training for Ranger.

April 22, 1946 Jay was surprised when Marie gave birth to twins: Rose Marie and Rosa Lee. Jay’s exclamation “Twins! What do you do with twins?”

1949, with three small children Jay was promoted as ranger on the Unity District where he quickly became part of community serving on the planning committee for the new community hall and helping Marie with her 4-H club and other activities.

1951, Jay moved the family to Rager Ranger Station on the Paulina District to become the first “year round” Ranger. Again they were immediately involved with and helping the ranchers. By 1954, they knew his children needed more options. January 1st they moved again where he began as Ranger of the Pendleton District. Martha, the third girl and fourth child was born.

Marie substitute taught at the Junior High and High School, and remedial reading and counseling, in a special program at Blue Mountain Community College. She taught Bible in Sunday School and Ladies’ Bible Studies. She started Christian Women’s Clun in 1963, that continues Christian Business Women’s Club. Until her last breath she taught the importance of having Jesus in one’s life.

Marie leaves son, Raymond Hughes, Seattle and R. Lee Pfeiffer, Pendleton, Abe Ghaffari, son in law, Colorado. Husband V. Jay Hughes, Rose Marie Ghaffari, Martha Hughes, Robert W. Pfeiffer, son in law, preceded her in death.

At Marie’s request, please give any contributions to “The Jesus Film” through Burns Mortuary of Pendleton. 

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Mary Louise Rowe
   Posted Sat March 04, 2017
I send thoughts & prayers. In 1981, Marie took me to a Christian Women's meeting where I gave my life to Christ. She followed me with a new Christian Bible study. Marie's love & devotion changed my life. I praise God for her.

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