After 64 years of marriage, James “Jim” Harold Hughes and Edith “Carol” Hughes passed away peacefully, within hours of each other, on the 3rd day of March, 2018, at their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado surrounded by their loving family.
Jim was born in Kirby, Wyoming on January 12, 1933, the fourth of seven children, to Harold and Lillian Hughes and raised in the coal mining town of Gebo. Carol was born on October 2, 1934 to Richard and Lillian “Irene” Clark and raised in New Castle, Pennsylvania, the oldest of three. She graduated from New Castle High School. Carol and Jim met in Boston in 1953 while they were both serving their country during the Korean Conflict. Jim was a proud member of the United States Marine Corps, where he served at sea on the USS Baltimore. Carol proudly served in the United States Navy WAVES. They married on December 21, 1953.
Carol and Jim lived in New Castle, Pennsylvania for ten years where they started their family and Jim attended Slippery Rock State Teachers College. They moved to Colorado Springs in 1963 where Jim took a position teaching math at Palmer High School. In addition to caring for her home and family, Carol dedicated herself to her work as a library clerk at Centennial Elementary School. They both retired in 1995. They were members of the Presbyterian Church.
Jim and Carol were the loving parents of three sons, David (Brenda), John, Jim (Donna), a daughter Connie, and six grandchildren, Morgan Kennedy (Matthew), Audra Martin (Corey), Nathan Hughes, Nicholas Hughes, Kyle Hughes, Lindsey (John) Williams, and Brittany (Robert) Bryant. There are ten great grandchildren, and one on the way. They were preceded in death by Carol’s parents, Jim’s parents, his sisters Irene and Fae, Jim’s brother Frank, their son John and grandson Nathan.
Jim loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a stained glass artist, card player, and great story teller. He spent countless hours researching the Hughes and Morgereidge family genealogies. He loved his family, had a great sense of humor, and enjoyed John Wayne movies and western literature. He was a proud and humble man of strong character. He was the family hero.
Carol enjoyed books and movies and her daily crossword puzzle. She was an avid tennis player, computer geek, bird watcher and loved fishing in the Beartooth Mountains. She, too, loved her family and had a great sense of humor. Her positive outlook on life was contagious and she always saw the best in everyone. She was the heart of her family.
Jim and Carol have been inseparable for over six decades, and even death couldn’t keep them apart. Their love story continues, as they left this world on the same day, just hours apart. They will be missed.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Evergreen Funeral Home, 1830 East Fountain Boulevard in Colorado Springs. In lieu of flowers, donations in Carol and Jim’s honor may be directed to Harrison School District Foundation, Inc. through Evergreen Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family at www.evergreenfuneralhome.com.