Obituary for Sherry B. Hughes

Sherry B. Hughes, of Safford, passed away on Feb. 1, 2020, at the age of 84. She was born Nov. 16, 1935, in Ritchey, Missouri to parents Dillon and Virginia Cook Beaver, and her brother, Dillon Keith Beaver.

She attended Joplin High School, graduating in 1952. Sherry went on the attend DePaul Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1956. She continued on in her nursing career and became a nurse practitioner. In April of 1956, she married Gerald “Jerry” Hughes in St. Louis, Missouri.

Sherry B. Hughes

Sherry loved to go camping, traveling, and attend live theater performances. She was the first certified family nurse practitioner to work in Graham County.

She leaves behind her children, Becky Ortiz (Tony), Beth Ornelas, Missy Chlarson (Rob), Amy Fredrickson (Cito), Mickie Hunter (Matt), and Joe Hughes (Shelly). She also leaves behind 24 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren.

 A Memorial for Sherry will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Graham County Fairgrounds, beginning at 11 a.m.

Arrangements are under the direction of McDougal’s Calwell Funeral Chapel & Gila Valley Crematory.  Online condolences may be extended at