OBITUARY: Hazel M. Hughes

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Hazel M. Hughes

Hazel Hughes passed away on October 4, 2021 after complications following a stroke. She was blessed with a long, healthy life largely due to her dedication to healthy living and strong Christian faith. Her dynamic personality will be greatly missed by friends and family.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 3:00pm at First Baptist Church at 108 7th Avenue S in downtown Nashville. Visitation with family will begin at 2:00 pm at the church. Attend the celebration of life virtually by clicking the following link on Sunday, Oct 10 at 3 pm cst. https://www.youtube.com/firstbaptistchurchnashville

Hazel was born in Cleveland, TN to Jessie James and Muncie Lee Morrow. The tenth child of fifteen children, Hazel developed a determined spirit that was hard to deny. She met her husband Charles on a blind date. They soon married and moved to Roswell, New Mexico while Charles was in the Air Force. After the service, they moved to Corpus Christie, Texas where Hazel worked as a bookkeeper and they had their only child, Cherrie. A few years later, they returned to Tennessee to be closer to family.

In 1964, they moved to Nashville. Drawn to the strong music program, they joined First Baptist Church where they remained devoted members for over 57 years. Hazel loved singing in the choir. She also loved fashion and worked at Cain-Sloan where she developed her sales experience while attending Watkins College to study interior design. But her career would end up going in a different direction. Hazel was intrigued and motivated by Mary Kay Ash, founder of the cosmetic company. She was impressed by Mary Kay’s strong work ethic and how she built her business on Christian principles. With training and a strong support system, Hazel combined her business skills and drive to achieve her goals. Hazel simply did not accept no for an answer. Her persistence paid off! From her first days in 1970, she quickly rose from beauty consultant to director. She was named “Star Consultant” 147 times and earned the designation of Queen of Sales surpassing over 5000 consultants in sales. And yes, she earned a pink Cadillac! Her successful career with Mary Kay spanned over 40 years.

After retirement. Hazel and Charles traveled the world enjoying music and theater. After Charles died in 2004, Hazel continued to live life to the fullest traveling with her daughter, exercising at the YMCA, and later moving to Richland Place where she developed a host of wonderful new friendships. She was always on the go with boundless energy.

Hazel is survived by her daughter, Cherrie Hughes, Beth Duensing, sisters Jean McDonald and Betty Morrow, and brother John Morrow.

In lieu of flowers, Hazel’s family asks that donations be made to Room in the Inn, First Baptist Church, or St Jude Children’s Hospital.

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