Cheryl Smith Hughes was born on August 6, 1935, in Roswell. Her mother, Mary Catherine (Wood) Smith, was a member of one of Roswell’s earliest families, the Wood family. Her grandmother, Mary Elizabeth (Bunn) Wood, moved her family to Roswell in 1912 for her husband, George Wood’s health. The Wood family bought a house on Main Street where they added-on bedrooms to take in boarders from the hospital. Mrs. Wood later owned Rancho Riverside and another ranch west of Roswell near Twin Dams. Cheryl’s mother and aunt both married relatives in the Smith family and raised Cheryl, her sister, and two cousins together in the home on Main Street across from St. Peter Church.
Cheryl married Charles Arthur Hughes in 1953, and they began their family the following year. They had six children over the next ten years. Cheryl was a mother and homemaker until the youngest child was in high school. Cheryl always made sure the children were loved and had everything they needed. She learned to sew and made many of their clothes. Their every-other-year vacations were memorable as the family saw much of our beautiful country from camping in Colorado and New Mexico to seeing Mount Rushmore and attending the World’s Fair in New York City. Cheryl enjoyed rollercoasters and rides at Six Flags. Her favorite vacations included museums and historical sites, especially the Smithsonian and Arlington National Cemetery.
She worked for many years at Colony House, where she loved working as a decorator’s assistant. Cheryl had an eye for design and helped make many Roswell area homes more beautiful.
The Smith family was very musical, allowing Cheryl to become part of the St. Peter Church Choir, where she sang all her life. Cheryl began singing in the choir loft at St. Peter, where her aunt directed the choir for many years. Cheryl brought her children to sing with the choir to continue the musical tradition. Cheryl sang weekly during the 11 am Mass at St. Peter Church until the virus temporarily closed the Church.
Cheryl sang barbershop music for over five decades with the group, Sweet Adelines, later called The Enchanters. They entertained at many Roswell service club events and won many gold medals in the Senior Olympics.
Cheryl lived a life of service to her family, raising six children. She encouraged her children to keep their faith in God and helped each one throughout their lives. She served St. Peter Church through Women’s Society, baking hams and turkeys for funerals, Parish Council, money counter, and CCD catechist.
Cheryl served the Roswell community by coordinating the Kids Closet volunteers, finances, and shopping. The Kids Closet provides clothing to families with children needing clothes or shoes. Cheryl also served Roswell through the Telephone Pioneers and Jingle-Bob, donating books to school children and painting maps on playgrounds of elementary schools. She was a member for many years and also served as President.
Cheryl’s main exercise was swimming. She swam daily at Cahoon Park Pool during the adult summer swim time. During the winter months, she moved to swim at the Godfrey Center at NMMI. She was the energizer bunny of swimming, where she swam her slow but many laps. Cheryl swam for years in the Senior Olympics state meets where she won many medals, and even qualified and swam in the national Senior Olympics in Florida. She called all her co-swimmers friends and loved to visit after her laps where completed.
After Cheryl retired from the Colony House, she took up tap dancing, which she hadn’t done since she was a child. Cheryl fondly remembered her tap dance group from the Roswell Adult Center participating in the New Mexico Senior Olympics.
Cheryl was the family’s center keeping in touch with all children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, and nieces and nephews. Everyone came to Cheryl’s house, and all were welcome. She would put clean sheets on the beds and bake a casserole to feed everyone. She loved having visitors. Cheryl also loved writing and receiving letters and cards and phone calls. She remembered everyone on her long Christmas card list and every relative and friends’ birthdays.
Cheryl never met a stranger and truly loved all her weekly card-playing buddies. She knew the regular swimmers and the lifeguards at the pools. She enjoyed Sunday lunch with her choir friends. She always remembered people’s names, their stories, and made sure they were okay. Cheryl had a giving, kind, social soul and will truly be missed.
Cheryl passed away in her sleep with a rosary in her hand. She prayed daily for everyone, and we know she will continue to pray from Heaven for us all.
Cheryl is survived by her six children: Janet Hughes (Martin Lininger), Zandra (Terry) Heroy, Carol Dutchover, Toni (Brock) Brady, Christine (John) Daly, and Mark Hughes (Julie); eleven grandchildren: Scot Hine (Christina), Casey Hill (Chris), Tonya McCleskey, Jessica Bollema (Blake), Joella Dutchover, Jordan Dutchover, Joshua Murrell (Amy), Brandon Murrell (Rebecca), Caty Daly, Sean Daly (Amber), and Tory Hughes; and twenty great-grandchildren: Chaeli, Keira, Chrislyn and Lillyanna Hine; Corban, Ryan, Amelia, and Grey Hill; J. B. McCleskey; Brodie Becker; Jolene Bollema; Clara, Emma, and Olivia Murrell; Natalyn and Roland Murrell; Sara Daly; Seamus, Charles and Findley Daly. Cheryl is also survived by her cousin Mary Suzanne “Suzie” Flannery (John) and many nieces and nephews.
Cheryl was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Arthur Hughes; her mother, Mary Catherine Smith; sister, Janet Smith; aunt, Helen Aileen Smith; uncle M. Evans Smith; and cousin, Helen Kathleen “Kathy” French.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Elizabeth’s honor to the St. Peter Church, Kids Closet, or Poor Clares Monastery.
Elizabeth’s family would like to extend their sincere gratitude for all the posting on Cherly’s Tribute Wall.
Services will be held at a later date. Please take a moment and share a kind thought or memory with Cheryl’s family at www.andersonbethany.com.