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Sue Ann (Walkup) Hughes February 23, 1935 – April 3, 2021

***  Given Sue Ann’s passion of caring for others and her community, the family respectfully requests face masks be worn during the services.  The  celebration of life service will be live streamed on Chris Hughes’ Facebook page.

Sue Ann (Walkup) Hughes, 86, passed away at her home in Keytesville, Missouri on Saturday, April 3, 2021.  A Celebration of Life service will be held at the United Methodist Church in Keytesville on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 10:30 A.M.  Pastor Jim Robinson and Reverend Naftal will officiate the service.  No visitation will be held.  Interment will be at Keytesville City Cemetery.

Sue Ann was born February 23, 1935 in Clinton, Missouri, the daughter of Wilbur and Veneta (Worman) Walkup.  She graduated from Harrisonville High School in Harrisonville, Missouri in 1953.  Sue Ann flew as a stewardess for Trans World Airlines (TWA) and later worked ground crew.  After 10 years with TWA, Sue Ann worked for the Selective Service Administration in Harrisonville, where she met George Bondurant Hughes.  They were united in marriage on July 3, 1968 in Harrisonville.  Soon after marriage, the couple moved to George’s hometown of Keytesville, Missouri.  Sue Ann worked for the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the Associate Circuit Court.  In 1993, she began working as a clerk for the Division of Family Services until her retirement in 2003.

Sue Ann was a force of nature who was inspired to serve others. After seeing the destruction of hurricane Katrina in 2005, she was compelled to volunteer for the American Red Cross (ARC).  Within weeks of the historic hurricane making landfall and devastating the coast, she was onsite helping residents get back on their feet by day and sleeping on a cot by night.  For 15 years since, she would travel and assist families needing disaster relief from Newtonia and Novinger, Missouri to West Virginia, Texas, Louisiana, New Jersey and New York.  Sue Ann also served on the board of the Central and Northern Missouri Chapter of the American Red Cross and volunteered for the ARC until 2020.

Sue Ann was a member of the Keytesville United Methodist Church, the Chariton County Democratic Club, the Almeria Miller Club, Friends of Keytesville, Sigma Upsilon Sorority, and was on the Keytesville City Cemetery board.  Favorite past times included volunteering at the Food Pantry in Brunswick and Salisbury. She was also a regular at the Chariton County Sheltered Workshop; for years, she’d collect donations of children’s clothing, launder and deliver them to the Chariton County Health Department who’d distribute the clothes among families with needs. She loved spending time with her family and friends, especially being with her beloved grandchildren.  She enjoyed gardening, feeding birds, Broadway musicals, international travel, and delivering flowers from her garden to shut-ins and friends around the county.

Sue Ann is survived by her children, Charles Edwards of New York, Melanie Edwards of San Francisco and Chris Hughes and his wife Rhonda of Keytesville; four grandchildren, Dalton Hughes, Michael Hughes, Kayla Hewett and her husband Clay, and Lindy Breshears and her husband Tyler; four great grandchildren, Mavric, Ryatt, Rex, and Westen; one sister, Linda Cali and her husband, Salvatore, of California.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Wilbur and Veneta Walkup, her husband, George Hughes, and her son, Jon Ashley Hughes.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Sue Ann Hughes Scholarship Fund or to the Keytesville City Cemetery.  Donations may be left at or mailed to Breshears Memorial Chapel, 207 W. Broadway, Brunswick, MO, 65236.


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