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Joyce Marie Hughes

Joyce Marie Hughes, age 89, passed away Sunday, October 1, 2023, in New Braunfels, Texas. She was born September 28, 1934, in Mena, Arkansas, to the late James and Idabel Crawford.

Joyce was a devoted Mother, Wife, Sister, and friend to many. Even in her later years, she would brighten any room with her smile and happy nature. Everyone who met Joyce came away adoring her sense of humor and delightful attitude toward life. The majority of her career was spent as an expediter for Lyondel Petroleum in Houston, Texas. She loved to visit her family in Mena and raised a son who fondly remembers her love and support.

Mrs. Hughes is preceded in death by her loving husband, Bobby F. Hughes; sister, Claireen Crawford; mother, Idabel Crawford; and by her father, James Crawford.

She is survived by her son, William B. Hughes; granddaughter, Elizabeth Joyce Hughes; and by her brothers, Terry Crawford, and Steve Crawford.

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