Patsy Hughes remembered for family loyalty... and cookies

       A short graveside service will be held Saturday, March 12 at Fairview Cemetery for Patricia Simpson “Patsy” Hughes, a Westside resident since 1977. Mrs. Hughes, 81, passed away March 4 after a long illness.

Patsy Hughes

       Friends of the family are welcome to attend the service or to express their condolences at the Hughes home from 2 to 4 p.m.
       Married to retired Army Colonel Dave Hughes for 57 years, Patsy was a housewife and a mother, a lover of antiques and classical music and known to make great cookies for Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) fundraising bake sales.
       Patsy was born Nov. 10, 1929, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her parents were Master Sergeant Bailey Simpson of the Coast Artillery and Mary Ellen Morrissey Simpson.
       On June 21, 1953, she married Hughes, then a lieutenant who had been assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia, after serving in the Korean War. He described her afterward as “the Belle of Fort Benning” whom all the second lieutenants wanted to marry.
       Their children, all grown, are David Ralph, Mary Rebecca and Edward Justin. She also leaves five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
       Bev Disch, a former OCCHS president who had met Dave and Patsy in the early '90s, described her as “a very gracious lady” whose life was centered around her family. As for baking, “she was always willing to do that,” Disch said. She recalled Dave and Patsy being the usual ones to work the last volunteer shift for OCCHS at the Garvin Cabin during Territory Days, and they would put everything away and close up the cabin together.
       In a February article in the Westside Pioneer, Dave Hughes praised his wife for her support, keeping the family together and watching kids and grandkids during his military assignments and later efforts in revitalizing Old Colorado City. He said his wife “became a true Westsider” after they bought a house here in 1977.
       In a Westside Pioneer “Meet a Westsider” interview in 2004, Patsy said that what she liked best about this part of town was “the small-town feeling - slow-moving and quiet. Its location - knowing I can easily go anywhere in the city, if I need to. Hearing its vast history gives me warm feelings and appreciation for my neighbors.”
       For her “pet peeve,” she offered some humor: It was “people who mumble - but I'm told I could cure that gripe by getting a hearing aid.”
       Her youth in a military family was represented by her answer to a favorite childhood memory: “Rushing a block from my home across the bridge over the moat, through the sally port, climbing up the roundparts to watch the 5 o'clock retreat ceremony at Ft. Monroe, Va., and see the lowering of the flag with a live cannon and bugler.”
       And her worst advice? “Don't marry David.”
       In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to Patsy's favorite classical radio station, KCME, 1921 N. Weber, Colorado Springs, CO 80907.

Blunt Mortuary/Westside Pioneer