Arloa Hughes

Arloa Rae Hughes died Aug. 8, 2012, in Ridgecrest, Calif. She was 79.

A memorial will be held on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 10:15 a.m. at the H.K. Holland Memorial Chapel, 216 S. Norma St. in Ridgecrest. A reception at noon is planned by the family at Rae’s home, 221 S. Broadway St., Ridgecrest, for those wishing to join. Placement of ashes will be held at another time.

Born Arloa Rae Fetter to Harold and Violet Fetter on Dec. 19, 1932, in Marion, Ohio, she was the eldest of six children. Rae excelled throughout her elementary, junior high and senior high school years with such activities as scholastics, art, theater and cheerleading. She was a member of the National Honor Society, as well as Girl Scouts and Job’s Daughters.

After graduating from Harding High School in 1950, she dreamed of one day becoming a teacher and attended Miami University of Ohio, graduating with a bachelor’s in English education. Her first teaching job was in the elementary school of Hamilton Township, Ohio.

Rae met and married Emra D. (Dall) Hughes on June 17, 1956. They then moved to the Washington, D.C., area where Dall was employed by the U.S. Department of the Navy. She taught in Bethesda, Md. They moved to the Naval Ordnance Test Station, China Lake in 1959 and established a home. They had three children and reared them in the Ridgecrest area.

Rae and Dall built and continued to operate the original Kennedy Meadows General Store in the High Sierras until 1973. She was active in Girl Scouts as district chairman and cookie cChairman. She went on to continue her education, earning her master’s in education with honors.

Employed as a teacher by Sierra Sands Unified School District from 1969 to 1999, her main interest was in Special Education. Rae became involved with Desert Area Teachers Association , serving as president from 1981-1983 and grievance chair. She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, serving as treasurer for many years.

After retiring, she enjoyed spending time with her many grandchildren, gardening, music, crafting, travel, computer games and making homemade candies for the holidays. Rae also enjoyed her luncheons with other retirees and the discussions of importance to seniors locally. She had a great love for the desert and all its beauty. She frequently supported Maturango Museum and its many community programs.

Rae is survived by her three children, Jana “Chicki” Adams, Jeri Walters and husband Bill, and Kevin Hughes, all of Ridgecrest. Other loving survivors include numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Her surviving sisters include Patricia Johnson and Shirley Rickelman of Ohio, and Mikela Livingston and husband John of Ridgecrest.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Maturango Museum.

Submitted by the family of Arloa Rae Hughes

Story First Published: 2012-08-22