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Remembering Miss Gin -- Lovie Glen Marcum Hughes
The youngest daughter and middle child of Alice Bell Royce and William David (Bill Doc) Marcum - Lovie Glen Marcum Hughes, passed away quietly at her home in Louisville in July 2009 - just after her 95th birthday.
She was raised in Sulphur Well with her older sister, Lois, and their younger brother, Earl Reid, in the lean Depression era.
Not long before her death, she revisited the memory of her mother making their shoes on a cobbler's leather awl and sewing their clothes from sack cloth. She remembered her dad paying her to feed the fox hounds he raised and sold. That may have been her first business experience which would start her on a lifetime of management.
"Miss Gin" as she was called by those who knew her, was one of the most pragmatic women ever to live on this earth, always active, involved, problem solving. She ran two businesses and a home, focused, a strong survivor, a motivator, and was loved and revered by many.
She's remembered for her beauty, her petite frame, sweet smile and as one who did not like to cook but loved to eat good food.
She loved her homes, furnishings, jewelry, brand name clothes, and her little dogs. She built homes, traded cars, collected jewelry, clothing, and people who needed help.
She lived by the phrase 'tomorrow's another day'. She loved repeating that with her sister Lois and giggling over shared memories, secrets and worries. Miss Gin never had children of her own but worked hard for her nieces and nephews to help them be somebody and have something.
Not long after she married Russell Neal Hughes of Edmonton, the couple moved to Louisville to seek work. Their careers were with Huff Transport and then Hughes Trucking Company. She loved the world of business up to and even after retirement from that industry, and remained an avid reader of business news.
As the song says, she had it "her way" and really enjoyed her life of nearly a century. She had a goal to live to 95 and she made it. She prayed for life to take care of her husband, Russell, and did so until his passing just a few years before her. She took care of herself until the last few months of her life, praying to be able to stay in her own home, and she did so. And she had her own arrangements locked in place in minute detail, down to "no obituary" in the news. She forgot, however, to stipulate "no in-loving-memory news items", thus this article written in her honor after her death.
Miss Gin and Russ, a team for over 60 years, were there for everybody who ever needed a roof over their heads and food to eat. It was widely known that they would always welcome and feed you, listen to your concerns and worry with you and then put you up if you needed a room. They are truly missed.
Linda Reid Marcum Waggener
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