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May 24, 2023 - 00:00
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Thelma Hughes, affectionately known as “Thelmarie”, was born on October 7, 1933, in Bandera, Texas and went home to be with the lord on April 11, 2023.

She was the youngest of four children born to Alvin and Anna Mae Osborne. She was also the youngest granddaughter of Amasa Gleason Clark, the first permanent settler of Bandera.

She attended Bandera High School and later, a stenography school in San Antonio. Thelmarie married Bobby Carl Tuttle of Zwolle, Louisiana when she was 18 and was widowed when she was 21 when her husband contracted polio. They had two young children. She met D. David Hughes about a year later. He also had a son so when they married in South Carolina, they started their married life with 3 children.

They moved from South Carolina to Colorado, finally settling in Colorado Springs where she fell in love with the mountains and where they built their beautiful home with an unobstructed view of Pikes Peak. They later moved their growing family to Athens, Georgia and then returned to San Antonio to make their permanent home.

Thelmarie was the most devoted and loving mother to her 7 children. She knew they loved her homemade bread and allowed them to devour a whole loaf after school on her baking days. After her youngest child started school, she went to work at Northeast Independent School District starting in the “bus barn” scheduling school buses.

She later moved to the payroll department until her retirement. She developed some dear friendships during her workdays and her children cherished her wonderful stories. She was skilled at working Crossword puzzles and loved to play Scrabble. She started each day with a devotional and a lesson from her beloved Bible. After her husband passed away, she moved to the Inn at Los Patios where she remained active and involved until COVID started.

She is preceded in passing by her parents and her stepson, Kirk, her brother, Pat and sisters Dorothy and Daisy Lu. Thelmarie is survived by her children, Anna (Dean) Lowary, Bob (Cindy) Tuttle, Mark (Gail) Hughes, Nancy (Jim) McWhorter, Carolyn (Edward) Kennell and Kimberly (Darren) McKay. She had 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.

There was a viewing on Wednesday, April 26th from 1-2 p.m. at Sunset Funeral Home, 1701 Austin Highway in San Antonio. A procession followed to Fort Sam Houston for a graveside service and then burial with her husband, David Hughes.

In lieu of flowers, she requested that donations be made to Alamo Heights United Methodist Church or to the charity of your choice.