Obituary – Barbara Mae (Cooley) Hughes

Barbara Mae (Cooley) Hughes

May 31, 1939 – April 2, 2019
Age: 79
Residence: Harrison, AR
Formerly of: St Louis, MO

Barbara Mae Hughes (Cooley), born 31 May 1939, in St. Louis, MO., was a lifelong traveler who loved visiting new places and meeting new people. She left Jasper nursing home in Jasper, AR. on 2 April 2019, to take her final road trip to the most magnificent of destinations. Barbara graduated from high school in Ocklawaha, FL. She loved Florida and considered it her home. She graduated from Our Lady of The Lake Nursing School in Baton Rouge, LA.  She specialized in labor and delivery throughout her nursing career. She joined the Army in 1971 and served as an Army Nurse in Ft. McPherson, GA.; Seoul, Korea; Ft. Knox, KY., and Ft. Sam Houston, TX. She left the Army in 1983 to pursue her dream of working on an Indian Reservation in Chinle, AZ. She then moved to Joplin, MO. to get her bachelor’s degree at MSSC before settling down in Lagrange, TX. where she continued nursing and working with the Vietnam Veterans of America. Branson, MO. and Harrison, AR. have been her home for the past 17 years.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Martha Gertrude Lewis (Caron); father Roy Cooley; brother Richard Lewis; Uncle Edward Caron, Aunt Mae Williams and many others. She is survived by her 3 daughters and 2 sons in law: Rebecca and Ronnie Robison; Teresa and Dale McCall and Karin Hughes; nieces and nephew: Richard Lewis, Jennifer Southern Davis, Donna Lewis, Lisa Lewis Scott, Leanne Lewis Scott and many great Nieces and Nephews. 

Family and Friends will have a small memorial at a later date in Chinle, AZ. where her beloved son in law, Dale McCall, will scatter some of her ashes over Canyon de Chelly. To leave an online condolence, please visit


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