Joyce Hughes, known affectionately by her husband Max, as Amy, passed away at the family home on Thursday evening October 26, 2017 in Roswell, NM after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Max took great care of her all the time to keep her comfortable at home. She was born in Smackover, Arkansas on July 1, 1928 to Henry Seaborn Arnold and Mary Elizabeth Arnold. Her parents moved their seven children to Capitan, NM in the 1940's for the health of two daughters and later to Roswell.
She was preceded in death by her parents and all six siblings. Joyce is survived by her husband Max Hughes of over 60 years, they were married on July 16,1957. She is also survived by her three sons, Robert Gibson of Santa Fe, NM, Johnny Hughes of Roswell, NM, and Terry Hughes of Mountain Home, ID. to include their spouses, Buddy Casey, Laurie Hughes, and Becky Hughes. She also had a "favorite" granddaughter, Jessica Hughes (known as Jessie May to her), her two grandsons, Cody and Cory Hughes, and two great grandsons, Carson and Jaydon Hughes.
Joyce was very spirited and sometimes a playfully feisty woman. She drove a school bus for 30 years for Pollard School Bus and was beloved by the kids she carried all while making a home with Max and the boys. She loved playing canasta and dominoes. Joyce was quick witted and famous for catchy and funny stock phrases we all wish now we had compiled. She was independent, devoted to family, quick to laugh and practiced the values she taught her children that included thrift, hard work, trust and honesty. In most photos, she showed having a picture-perfect smile. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and will always be in our hearts. She will be greatly missed!
Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 10:00am at South Park Cemetery with Tim Arlet of Kindred Hospice will officiate. A public viewing will be at Ballard Funeral Home on Monday, October 30, 2017 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Serving as pallbearers are Casey Arnold, Guy Arnold, Dan Arnold, Ronny Arnold, Robert Gibson and Terry Hughes.
Flowers may be sent to Ballard Funeral Home or a donation made in her name to a favorite charitable organization.