Ellen R. Hughes
Ellen Rose Hughes, 84, of Columbus, Ind., and Venice, Fla., passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.
She was born Nov. 3, 1935, in Austin, Ind., to the late Marshall and Myrtle Gordon.
She was predeceased by her first-born son, Michael Francis Hughes, who is buried in San Marcos, Texas, and niece, Tammy Robinson.
She married Francis Hughes on Aug. 12, 1956, in Scottsburg, Ind.
She is survived by her husband of 63+ years, Francis Hughes; son, Dr. Gordon Hughes (Jennifer) of Elkhart, Ind.; daughters, Wendy Kay Hughes (John West) of Long Island, N.Y., and Lindsay McShane (John) of Cincinnati, Ohio; grandchildren, Michael Hughes of Philadelphia, Pa., Sgt. Christopher Hughes of San Antonio, Texas, Katharine Hughes of Indianapolis, Ind., Molly McShane of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Megan McShane of Cincinnati, Ohio; and brother, Marshall Gordon Jr. (Patty) of Lutz, Fla., and their sons, Rick and Dustin Gordon.
After the children were all in school, she resumed her college studies and earned her B.S. in Education with Highest Distinction as well as her M.S. in Education from Indiana University. She then taught 19 years at Mt. Healthy Elementary in Columbus, Ind. She served many years on the Negotiation Committee as a very active member of the Columbus Educators Association. The entire family joined her husband for a year at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. The wives were very active, and she became an authority on military protocol, wood carving, rug weaving/hooking and military history with many trips to Gettysburg battlefield. She became an expert on World War II in a class taught by Dr. Hal Deutsch, who had known Adolf Hitler personally. In 1992, she was presented the Indiana Commendation Medal by the Adjutant General of Indiana for her outstanding work with counseling and caring for the wives of Indiana National Guardsmen who were deployed in Operation Desert Storm. She was also “forevermore distinguished by appointment to the General Staff of the Legion of Hoosier Heroines” by the Adjutant General of Indiana in 1992.
The family would like to recognize the excellent care provided by Our Hospice of South Central Indiana and Keepsake Village of Columbus.
A celebration of life was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 20, 2020, at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Corydon, Ind., with burial at Oak Grove Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana at 2626 17th St., Columbus, IN 47201.