Francis Hughes, 91, of Dilley died last month in her sleep several days after her birthday. She was born in 1930 and raised in the Valley.
She met her future husband at age 16 on a Sunday, known back then as “Cowboy Day” because it is when the boys would come calling. After their elopement at 18, she stood by her man until he died in 2012. He was a dirt farmer, and Francis, the constant entrepreneur and housewife.
Known for pinching a penny, she always had a way to make a little extra pocket money. Friends still ask if she has parakeets for sale.
Her hobbies included making deserts, yeast rolls and Sunday dinners. She enjoyed a game of cards or dominoes and reading Louis Lamour on long, hot summer days.
She was active with the American Legion Auxiliary and the Dilley High School Band, often cooking for them and using her fundraising skills.
Francis was deeply faithful and enjoyed time with her church family. She credited the ladies and men of Christian Faith in helping her grow her faith over the last several years. Her Hospice Pastor and volunteers provided comfort and support over her last few years.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for friends to bless someone, spend time with loved ones and share memories.