Mary Kathleen "Katie" Hughes, 92, of Zephyrhills, Florida, died June 27, 2006, at her home.
She was born Oct. 16, 1913, the daughter of Ross and Anna (Rissler) Finley of Harmony, Indiana. She was a graduate of Van Buren High School and attended Indiana State in Terre Haute, IN.
She married James A. Hughes on Oct. 14, 1942 in Alexandria, Indiana. In November of 1974, they retired from Plainfield, Indiana to Zephyrhills, Florida, becoming Florida citizens on Dec. 7, 1977.
While residing in Indiana, she was a member of the First Baptist Church, Clayton, Progressive Club, Hendricks County Garden Club, American Legion Auxiliary, and was a licensed Real Estate Agent.
In Zephyrhills, Katie was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, American Legion Auxiliary. She was a former member of the Zephyrhills Garden Club and a member at Large Of Delta Theta Tau Sorority, Inc. Katie enjoyed her daily walks around town (her "therapy"), stopping to talk to people along the street, going to yard and church thrift shop sales and, quite often, having breakfast downtown, returning home in time for the delivery of her "Meals on Wheels" lunch, she fed and watched the squirrels and birds in her backyard. She enjoyed her simple, quite life. She described herself as a Happy Homemaker.
Mary Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Agnes Trippett, of Greencastle, in 1992, a brother, Wayne Finley of Harmony, in 1997, and her beloved husband of 54 years, Jimmie, in 1996.
She is survived by two nieces, Betty Anne (Mrs. Richard) Hoffman of Arcadia, Indiana and Karen (Mrs. Robert) Ruble of Springville, Indiana; as well as three great-nieces, Ann Ruffner, Michelle Ruble and Megan Baldwin; and two great-nephews, Jerry and Jeffrey Hoffman. In addition, two great-great-nieces, Kathleen Hoffman and Kate Ruffner and two great-great-nephews, Michael and Andrew Hoffman. She also leaves behind her much loved and extended family of Zephyrhills, friends and neighbors.
Visitation at 1 p.m. July 7, 2006 with a Memorial "Service of Remembrance" following at the Hodges Family Funeral Home, 36327 Hwy 54, Zephyrhills. Rev. John Harris, Minister of The First Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Burial will be private at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Meals on Wheels 38145 15th Ave, Zephyrhills, FL.; Hernando- Pasco Hospice 7066 Ft. King Rd. Zephyrhills, FL 33541 or The First Presbyterian Church, 5510 19th St, Zephyrhills, FL, in her memory.