Dudley Marshall Hughes, 94, rich, 73-year marriage was an example to others

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Dudley Marshall Hughes
Dudley Marshall Hughes

Dudley Marshall Hughes died peacefully at Woodhaven Hall at Williamsburg Landing on June 24, 2015. She was 94.

Dudley was born in St. Bethlehem, Tennessee on March 30, 1921. She grew up in Clarksville, Tennessee and Nashville, Tennessee with her family: her mother, Lillian Marshall; her father, Pat Marshall; and her younger sister, Margaret Marshall Shivas.

Dudley was a student at Vanderbilt University and only 18 years old when she married Thomas G. Hughes, the quarterback on the Vanderbilt football team. He was 20 years old.

Today their families might say, “That marriage can never last. They are too young.” At her husband’s death, Dudley and Tom had been married for 73 years. The richness of their marriage was an example for all who knew them.

WWII began and Tom enlisted in the U.S. Army, leaving Dudley and her son Little Tommy in Nashville, Tennessee with Dudley’s parents. For the three years that Tom was away, Dudley wrote him a letter every night. In later years, Dudley joked, “I wrote so many letters to Tom during the war that after he returned, it was a real task to write even a simple letter.”

Dudley and Tom raised three children. The first child to arrive in their family was Thomas G. Hughes Jr., “Tommy.” Four years later, Dudley learned that another baby would be born in March. To her surprise and not until the day of the delivery, Dudley was told by her doctor, “Mrs. Hughes I do not know how I missed this. You are having twins.” The twins, Carol and Dusty, were born that day. It was Dudley’s birthday!

Dudley had many hobbies, including playing bridge, knitting, riding bicycles, traveling with Tom and their friends and reading books. She was a volunteer at her church and other organizations. She especially enjoyed being a volunteer for the PGA Tournaments at Kingsmill, but most of all she cherished being a wife, mother, grandmother and friend to everyone she truly loved.

After enjoying many wonderful years living in Kingsmill, Dudley and Tom knew they would need some help in the years to come. They sold their house and moved to Williamsburg Landing. Some of their friends were already residing there and welcomed them to their community.

Dudley was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband, Thomas G. Hughes; her father, Pat Marshall; her mother, Lillian Marshall; her sister, Margaret Marshall Shivas; and her brothers-in-law, Dr. Gordon Shivas and Jerry Hughes.

She is survived by her son, Thomas G. Hughes Jr. (Lucy); her daughter, Carol H. Duff (Michael); her son, Patrick L. Hughes (Carol); her grandchildren, Melissa Jia, David Hughes, Richard Hughes, Christopher Duff and Jennifer Duff; and five great-grandchildren.

Dudley’s family wishes to express deep gratitude to Nita Custalow, Bob and Ann Laib, Randy Myers, Brad Stewart, Katherine Jenkins, Dr. Meehan and the entire staff at Woodhaven Hall.

A celebration of Dudley’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 26, 2015, at the Assisted Living Parlor at Woodhaven Manor, 5500 Williamsburg Landing Drive, Williamsburg.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to any charity of your choice or to Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, 215 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Nelsen Funeral Home.

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