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Mary Jo Hughes - February 24, 2011


Mary Jo (Watson) Hughes was born Oct. 31, 1945 in Spencer, Iowa to Carroll and Mabel (Urban) Watson.
Mary Jo married Michael Paul Hughes on June 22, 1963 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in North Platte, Neb. The couple lived in the Venango and Lamar, Neb. area. They raised eight children: Kelly, Mickele, Rhonda, Misti, Melanie, Patrick, Corban and Trevor.
Mary Jo also lived in Imperial and North Platte, Neb., San Diego, Calif. and Phoenix, Ariz.
She was employed in farming and a business owner of The Jug and Hangar in Imper­ial, Neb. She was also employed by Southland Corporation as a Regional Manager and at Anderson Merchandising in Retail Merchandising.
Mary Jo loved watching movies, reading, gardening and spending time with her family.
She passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 at her duaghter’s, Melanie Carman’s home in Imperial. She was 65 years of age.
Mary Jo was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Mabel Watson.
Survivors include sons, Kelly McCarter and wife, Beth, Patrick Hughes, Corban Hughes and wife, Katryna, Trevor Hughes and wife, Rhonda; daughters, Mickele Bragg and husband, Gary, Rhonda Hood and husband, Tim, Misti Law and husband, Rob, Melanie Carman; 25 grandchildren, Elizabeth Fortkamp, Sagan Carman, Elisha Carman, Breanna Carman, Carly Hamilton, Miles Bragg, Jessica Hughes, Jayden Law, Kamryn Hughes, Corey Hughes, Kierstyn Hughes, Bryce Remele, Brooke Frankenberg, Carissa Hughes, Sierra Hughes, Jenna Hughes, Kyle McCarter, Kealy Cleveland, Krista McCarter, Kory McCarter, Zachary Hood, Samuel Hood, Marie Hood, Hannah Hood and Abbigail Hood; three great grandchildren, Spencer McCarter, Slayton McCarter and Connor Cleveland; brothers, Keith Rose and wife, Kathleen, Rex Watson and wife, Judy; sisters, Doris Beyer, Sharon Kelly and husband, Darryl; many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial services were held Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Imperial with Pastor David Kahle officiating.
Private family inurnment will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made in Mary Jo’s memory.
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge arrangements.