Carolyn's Story

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Carolyn Sue Hughes, of Joplin, Mo., entered into rest on April 29, 2017, in Joplin, at the age of 78. Carolyn was born on October 4, 1938, in a rock house at Route 2, Granby, Mo., the daughter of Carus and Rachel (Long) Babb.
She moved to Joplin in 1956. She had worked as an inventory clerk, bid estimator, material technician, senior buyer and configuration specialist for LaBarge/Ducommun for the last 38 years.
Carolyn and Max Hughes were married on Dec. 25, 1958, at the Lone Star Church of Christ and he preceded her in death on September 10, 2012.
She is survived by her eldest daughter, Terri Sue Garten and husband, Doyle, of Joplin, their daughters, Rachel Stone and spouse, Tim, and their daughter, Ali Nicole, of Slater, Mo.; Katy Harrall and husband, Kevin, of Tacoma, Wash.; her youngest daughter, Betsy Jo Johnston, of Joplin, and her children, Sara Johnston and husband, John Conrace, of Columbia, Mo., and Spenser Johnston, of Joplin; Michael Johnston, father of Sara and Spenser, she was Liz's MUM; four brothers, Nolan Babb, of Quapaw, Okla., Larry Babb, of Joplin, Charles Babb, of Galesburg, Kan. James Babb, of Joplin; three sisters, Irene Brown, of Joplin, Rebecca Stephens, of Carl Junction, and Nancy Boothe, of Springfield.
Services for Carolyn will be held on Saturday, May 6, at 10 a.m. at the Clark Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Private interment will be held at a later date. The family will receive friends at a time of visitation on Friday, May 5, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Carolyn may be made to the Joplin Elks Lodge, 501 Christmas Basket Fund, in care of Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 66, Neosho, MO 64850.
Carolyn's family would like to express a special thanks to Roger and Donna Dobias and Rachele Gray for being such fantastic neighbors and helping Carolyn with numerous chores these past few years.
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Published on May 3, 2017
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