Willie Dale Hughes, 71, of Morganton, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at Burke Palliative Care Center in Valdese following a brief illness. Born November 5, 1939 in Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Barnett Ray and Dorothy Boone Ray. She was a member of Mountain View #2 Baptist Church, and loved working in her flower garden.A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Willie is survived by her husband, Kenneth Dean Hughes of the home; sons, Rodney Hughes and wife, Sherrie of Morganton, Greg Hughes and wife, Sharon of Nebo, and Sam Hughes and wife, Charlotte of Old Fort; grandchildren, Jenna, Luke, Seth, Meghan, Emory, Walker, and Rebecca Hughes; and sisters, Violet Harris, Lois Loftis, and Wilma Huskins, all of Celo, NC.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Faye Young.Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 26, 2011 at Mountain View #2 Baptist Church with Rev. Ken Mashburn officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour before the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690, or to Mountain View #2 Baptist Church, 5510 Watson Price Rd., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home & Crematory Center is assisting the family with arrangements.

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