Beth Hughes reclaimed her place among the angels on August 17th, 2015. A daughter of Montgomery, Alabama, Beth lived a full life with her husband of 51 years, Rich, raising their family in Greenville, South Carolina; then San Francisco, California; and finally, Marietta, Georgia. Beth was born on July 3rd, 1937 to Etma and Harry Gordon Farris, the third of three children, and sister to brothers Harry and Bob. She studied at Auburn University before transferring to Huntingdon College in Montgomery, where she would earn an undergraduate degree in education in 1956. Upon graduation, Beth worked as a teacher in the Montgomery school district, when she met Richard Hughes, a young officer in the Air Force. In 1961, they were married and moved to Greenville, S.C. Beth worked as a teacher until she had her children. In 1988, Beth returned to teaching at Tapp Middle School (Marietta, GA) where she worked for nearly ten years before retiring as a 6th grade English-Language Arts teacher. Despite being a Type 1 diabetic since the age of 14, Beth never allowed the disease to slow her down or diminish her zest for life. Beth was an avid golfer and an accomplished pianist. She loved reading the Bible, attending her bible study and prayer groups, raising a legion of pet dogs and cats (and raccoons), and completing crossword puzzles. Her friends say that she was always the first one to call when help was needed, a mentor and a leader. She made being a mother look easy, and a grandmother even easier. Beth was preceded in death by her husband, Rich, in 2012 and is survived by her daughter, Gwen Hinton (Mike); grandsons Luke and Damian Hinton; son, Kevin Hughes (Andrea); and twin grandsons, Jason and Parker Hughes.
Beth Farris Hughes' memorial service will be held on September 12th at 1:00pm in the Kellett Chapel at Peachtree Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, we ask you to make a loving donation in Beth's name to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, https://www.jdrf.org.
Published in the MontgomeryAdvertiser.com on Sept. 6, 2015.