Betty Lou Hughes

Betty Lou Hughes, 83, of Monticello, died on April 11, 2020, at her home.

She was the daughter of the late Ivan Dayton and Aline Howard Allison and the widow of Dale Hughes, USAF Lt. Colonel (Retired) and former Drew County Judge.

Ms. Hughes was a member of the Mt. Pleasant “Campground” Methodist Church since 1977 and an active volunteer in the community over her lifetime.

She served as president of We are Monticello, an organization dedicated to the beautification of Monticello, and a member of the Committee of 100, a group of women that supported and promoted the Ozark Folk Center. She was the Drew County Chamber of Commerce’s 1988 Woman of the Year, chairman of fundraising for the Drew County Walls of War Memorial, decorated the backyard of the Governor’s Mansion for a picnic honoring all of Arkansas troops who served in Desert Storm, and was selected as Arkansas’ Volunteer of the Year in 1993.

Survivors include two sons, Robert Hughes and wife Nancy of Georgetown, Texas, and Jay Hughes and wife Laura of Monticello; one daughter, Chris Pace and husband Mark of Monticello; grandchildren, Aaron Sweeten (Rosie) of La Porte, Texas, Jay Michael Hughes (Amanda) of Las Vegas, Nevada, Ryan Hughes (Laurie) of Georgetown, Texas, Justin Hughes (Sarah) of Jarrell, Texas, Ashley Kelnhofer (Nick) of Monticello, Jacob Hughes (Tracy), of El Paso, Arkansas, Dale Pace (Karla) of Greenhill community in Drew County, Allison Neill (Alan), of Monticello, Jack Morgan Pace, (Shayla), of Bentonville; great grandchildren, Briana Alvarado, Robert Villarreal, Jr. and Kaylee Sweeten, Jackson, Benjamin, and Charlie Hughes, Levi Hughes, Sophia and Brooks Kelnhofer, Austin Graham, Abby Ruelle, Madison Hughes, and Joseph Hughes, Emma and Dayton Pace, Jace and Bo Neill, Colt and Myla Pace; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

A viewing for extended family and friends will be Thursday, April 16, from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello. Visitors are asked to follow COVID-19 protocol with no more than 10 people at a time in the visitation room and maintain the CDC recommended 6-foot distance from each other.

There will be a private family graveside service on Friday, April 17, at Campground Cemetery at 10 a.m. Those who are unable to attend due to the virus can view the live stream of the service at

Memorials may be made to Mt. Pleasant “Campground” United Methodist Church c/o Kay Berryman, 183 Bill Henry Road, Monticello, AR 71655 or online to Autism Speaks.