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Cleta Hughes

Graveside services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Twin Oaks Memorial Park for Cleta Hughes.

Hughes, 82, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, in Carlsbad.

Rev. Ross Whiteaker will officiate the services. The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. Friday at Denton-Wood Funeral Home in Carlsbad.

Cleta and her twin sister, Rita, were born May 12, 1936, in Searcy, Ark., to Hershel E. and Cora (Gipson) Wingo. She moved to Hagerman with her family in 1953.

On Jan. 12, 1954, she married Eddie Hughes in Hagerman, and in 1957, the couple relocated to Cottonwood.

While raising her children, Cleta drove a school bus for the Cottonwood School. The family lived in Carlsbad from 1971-73, where Cleta worked at Carlsbad National Bank. She and Eddie lived in Seagraves, Petty, Ackerley and Lamesa, Texas, while Eddie managed cotton gins, and Cleta returned to Carlsbad in 2014.

She was the proud Nana of seven grandsons, about whom she bragged continuously. Cleta was an avid Beanie Baby collector for several years, collecting over 700.

Survivors include daughter Brenda Whiteaker and husband Roger of Las Cruces; son Mike Hughes and wife Cindy of Big Spring, Texas; grandsons Ryan Whiteaker and wife Becky, Ross Whiteaker and wife Michelle, Jade Hughes and wife Lizbeth, Brandon Hughes and wife Cassie, Keaton Hughes and wife Carissa, Dustin Rauch and wife Rebecca, and Cody Rauch and wife Jamie; great-grandsons Ashton Whiteaker, Johnnie and M.J. Rauch, Will, Max, Preston, Lincoln, Maverick and McKoy Hughes, and Grayson Hughes; great-granddaughters Rylee, Taryn, Ellice and Emmery Whiteaker, Jovie Hughes, and Eden Rauch; brothers Bill Wingo and Bob Wingo; sister Rebecca Jenkins; numerous nieces and nephews; and her special Landsun family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Eddie Hughes; daughter Marcia Willmore; two sisters; and four brothers.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Landsun Homes, Caring Hands Fund, 2002 Westridge Road, Carlsbad, N.M., 88220.

Arrangements are under the direction of Denton-Wood Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed online a dentonwood.com.