Margaret Simmons Hughes

  • Born: May 8, 1939
  • Died: November 17, 2020
  • Location: Connelly Springs, North Carolina

Heritage Funeral Service

1507 E. Main Street
Valdese, NC 28690
Tel. (828) 874-0411

Tribute & Message From The Family

Margaret (Maggie) Simmons Hughes died November 17, 2020 due to Covid-19 at College Pines Health and Rehabilitation.

Maggie was born on May 8, 1939 and is preceded in death by her parents Ransom Simmons and Ruby Haynes Simmons of Old Fort. Maggie retired from Burke Mills of Valdese in 2008 after 30 years as the Vice President of Human Resources. Maggie loved working with people and never met a stranger. In 2000 Maggie was nominated for Women of the Year for Burke County by the Morganton Business and Professional Women's organization. Maggie is a member of Waldensian Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed travel, knitting, playing Mahjong and spending time with her family.

Maggie leaves behind her children: Toni Hughes Bailey and husband Mike of Fletcher, Marina Hensley Collins and husband Robbie of Connelly Springs, Cindy Hughes Hile and husband Clay of Black Mountain and Matthew Garrison Hughes of Black Mountain. She was preceded in death by her son Johnny J Hughes Jr.

In addition Maggie leaves behind her amazing grandchildren: Ryan Hughes, Stephanie Bowen, Terry Hensley, Jaime Hensley, Meagan Robles, Bre Price, Alec Hile, Eli Hile, Isabella Hile, Dalton Hughes and is preceded in death by Danielle Collins: Maggie also has 11 great grandchildren that she loved dearly and knew her as Granny.

Due to Covid our celebration of her life will take place outdoors at the Waldensian Presbyterian Church Cemetery at 1 pm, Saturday November 21, 2020. The service will be officiated by Rev Dr. Kevin Frederick, her minister and longtime family friend.

We may not see her with our eyes, but we will always feel her in our heart.

Memorials may be made to the Waldensian Presbyterian Church, Food Pantry 109 Main St. E
Valdese, NC 28690.

An online guestbook and obituary is available at


Condolence & Memory Journal

Maggie was a friend. I've known her most of my life. I worked with her at Burke Yarns and saw and talked with her since. She was an inspiration. Never met a stranger. I haven't saw her in awhile but I will miss her. I loved her. To the family, I'm sorry for your loss.

Posted by Nancy McCoury    November 25, 2020

Maggie was simply the best! She was such a lovely lady with a kind heart who would help out anyway possible. I met her at Bodyworks and always adored visiting with her. You all had a fabulous Mother and Granny. She has a special place in heaven, I'm sure of it!

Posted by Anne Coffey    November 21, 2020

Im so sorry for your loss. My prayers will be with in this time of sorrow. I loved maggie she was a wonderful woman. She taught me alot. She was a strong and independent lady. In my eyes there wasnt anything she couldnt do. I will miss you my friend my mentor but i will never forget you. You will always be in my heart.

Posted by Gail Phillips    November 20, 2020

I loved that woman.. it was never a dull moment with her.. I will miss her dearly.

Posted by Linda Bonilla - Morganton, NC - Friend   November 19, 2020

Maggie & I grew so close in such a short time! Her and I would sit and play mahjong and just spend time together, when the lockdown began. I will forever be greatful to have met such a wonderful lady. Fly high Maggie! I´ll love and miss you forever!

Posted by Heather Cline    November 19, 2020

Maggie was one of my babies at college pines. I am a CNA and I loved her as she was my own family. Her smile warmed my heart and she always knew I was her baby. I would always take Maggie to go see sweet Dorothy and my grandmother and she would take them a sprite and Debbie cakes. She loved them so much and even in her last days asked me how grandma was. Lord knows I´m going to miss her so much. Prayers to your family. She was one of a kind!

Posted by Jordan Winters    November 19, 2020