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Ethel Mary (Geake) Hughes

March 20, 1922 ~ November 23, 2017 (age 95)

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November 30, 2017

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
O'Leary Celebration of Life Center ~ Funeral & Cremation Services
1020 Main Street
Norwalk, Iowa 50211

Funeral Service
December 1, 2017

10:30 AM
O'Leary Celebration of Life Center ~ Funeral & Cremation Services
1020 Main Street
Norwalk, Iowa 50211

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Visitation for Ethel Mary Hughes, age 95 of Norwalk, will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, November 30th with a Celebration of Life Service to be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 1st at O’Leary Funeral Services in Norwalk.  A luncheon will immediately follow services.  A military graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the Norwalk Cemetery.  On-line condolences and flowers are available at by click the "tab" below or call the flower shop direct at 515-981-0700.

Ethel's Life Story

Ethel Mary, the daughter of William and Mable (nee: Law) Geake was born in March 20, 1922 in Richard, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Ethel’s family moved from Canada to Wall Lake, Iowa when she was 10 years old, where she graduated from Wall Lake High School.

Ethel graduated from Waldorf College of Nursing at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.  She then served her country honorably as a nurse in the United States Army during World War II.  She married the love of her life, Howard Hughes on November 16, 1946 in Wall Lake, Iowa.  To this union they had four children, Jane, Sally, Tom and John.  Together they made their home in Norwalk where Howard farmed.

Ethel and Howard were members of the Norwalk United Methodist Church.  Ethel was also a member of the American Legion and the Order of the Eastern Star. 

Ethel continued to live in her home until recently when she moved to Wesley Acres in Des Moines, Iowa.  On Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 23, 2017, Ethel passed away peacefully.  She lived 95 years, 8 months and 3 days.  She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Howard in 2012. 

Ethel is survived by her four children, Jane Walker of Norwalk, Sally Hollander of Trophy Club, TX, Tom Hughes of Norwalk, and John Hughes of Norwalk; six grandchildren, Jeff, Brian Matt, Chris, Josh, and Stephanie; and five great-grandchildren.


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