Genearle Christine Hughes
Genearle Christine Hughes
  • November 21, 1926 - December 5, 2016
  • Texas

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Genearle Christine Hughes was born to Paul & Melva Casey Lotspeich on November 21, 1926 in Jacksonville, Florida. Genearle attended and graduated from Yulee High School in 1944. In the following years, Genearle moved to Fernandina Beach, Florida, where she began working at the Rayonier Pulp and Paper Company. There, she met her husband, Thomas Hughes, of North Carolina. Genearle worked as a lab technician and Tom was a chemical engineer. Genearle and Tom married on September 20, 1950 and celebrated 63 years of a loving partnership prior to Tom's death in 2013.
Over the years, Genearle and Tom lived an adventurous life, relocating several times and traveling extensively. Early in their married life, a job opportunity took them and their two young daughters to Prince Rupert, Canada, where they lived for several years. Traveling cross country by car was a true expansion of Genearle's horizons as she had never been further than the southern region of the United States. During their stay in Canada, Genearle was introduced to British culture and a remarkably different climate. The move from Florida to Canada initiated two lifelong interests: travel and food.
Genearle was appreciated for her exceptional culinary skills and is remembered as a "foodie" by family members. She loved to collect recipes and cookbooks from the various locations where she lived and socialized. Genearle exemplified the "southern cook," baking everything "from scratch," and canning or freezing the produce she and Tom grew in the gardens they tended wherever they lived. The couple also frequented fruit orchards and berry picking spots - including Washington State where brother Lacewell organized the cherry picking -- which allowed them to pick their own produce. Homemade jams, jellies, pickles, and vegetables were always on the table in the Hughes home.
Genearle and Tom relocated to Westernport, Maryland, in 1959 and then moved to Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1965, where the second of the three houses they designed and built was located. They then moved to Lake Jackson in 1971, where they lived until 2013 on Timbercreek Drive. The Lake Jackson library provided Genearle and Tom with a constant flow of reading material in their home; Genearle preferred nonfiction, especially biographies. Their love of reading and learning was imparted to their children and grandchildren, whom Genearle and Tom encouraged towards higher education. Genearle attended the First Baptist Church of Lake Jackson and also belonged to the Lake Jackson Garden Club.
In the early years of their traveling life together, they expanded the horizons of their daughters during annual two week vacations throughout the country, camping along the way. It was the rare circumstance -- most notably, a tornado -- when the duo would forsake their tent for a motel room. Frequently, Genearle and Tom traveled to reconnect with the Hughes and Lotspeich families. Even when the distance was far, their commitment kept the families connected over the years. When Genearle's children were young, the family returned every summer to share Florida beach accommodations with the Lotspeich relatives. The good times and great food are fondly remembered!
In later years, Genearle and Tom traveled to all 49 states in their motor home, including 18 trips to Alaska to visit their daughter's family. Not only did they travel to Alaska yearly, they also made annual treks to Hawaii, where she enjoyed shopping for pearl jewelry and Kona coffee. The duo also ventured out across the globe, traveling around the world with Shirley Burwell's Lake Jackson travel group, visiting Africa, Europe, China, and Australia to name a few. Genearle and Tom were also continually active, walking regularly and playing tennis together through the years.
Genearle loved to give, supporting charities both local and national. She also gave many gifts to her children and grandchildren, including financial support towards their higher education. Genearle was also generous with her time and energy, traveling to Alaska in wintertime to attend the birth of three grandchildren. Close ties with her children were a priority for Genearle, who was responsive to their various needs over the years. She and Tom will be remembered for their abiding love and commitment -- for each other and for their family.
Genearle is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Thomas Mitchell Hughes; her parents Paul and Melva Lotspeich; and her sister Mary Julia Stovall.
Genearle is survived by her brothers William (Sue) Lotspeich of Augusta, South Carolina and Lacewell (Martha) Lotspeich of Arlington, Texas; children Sherida (Mike) Carpenter of Katy, Texas and Christine (Marc) Mahaffey of Bastrop, Texas; grandchildren Tracy Mahaffey Moos, Jamie Mahaffey Koenings, Ryan Thomas Carpenter, James Marcus Mahaffey, Colin Michael Carpenter, Matthew Charles Carpenter and Scott Weston Carpenter; and great grandchildren Jason Saladiner and Delaney Moos.
The family will celebrate Genearle's life in a private ceremony at the Restwood Funeral Home. If friends or family are moved to make a charitable contribution to honor her life, the family suggests: Alzheimer's Association.