Ardeth Hughes of Red Deer, Alberta passed away peacefully at the Extendicare- Michener Hill Lodge in Red Deer on January 8, 2014 at the age of 88. Ardeth was born Ardeth Amy Callfas, and grew up on a farm near Fillmore, Saskatchewan.
When Ardeth was 18 she joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and served during World War II from 1943 to 1946. On December 30, 1946, she married Melbourne Woody at Fillmore, Saskatchewan. Ardeth and Mel moved to Red Deer where they had two children, Donald Eugene and Sherry Ann. While raising her family in Red Deer, Ardeth worked at the Royal Canadian Air Force Base at Penhold and later for the RCMP in Red Deer. She loved music and spent many years as an accordion teacher in Red Deer. She also played in small bands around the area. The couple divorced in 1975, after which she moved to Calgary. In Calgary Ardeth met Stewart Hughes, whom she later married in 1975. Ardeth and Stewart enjoyed travelling, and spent many winters in Nevada to miss the Canadian winters. Stewart predeceased her in 1983 when they were visiting her daughter Sherry in Singapore. Following Stewart’s passing, she moved back to Red Deer to be closer to her daughter and old friends. Ardeth loved to play cards and Scrabble with her friends. While at Parkvale Lodge she and a friend won a Western Canadian championship in crib one year. From Parkvale Lodge she later moved to Extendicare-Michener Hill in Red Deer. Ardeth was one of five children and was predeceased by her brothers Lloyd, Ray, Ivan and Ewart. Left to mourn are her son Don; daughter Sherry; grandchildren Ryan, Tyler, Tara, Bobbie and Brookes; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and neighbours. Ardeth will be greatly missed. A memorial will be held at Parkland Funeral Home, 6287 67A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer on Thursday January 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm.
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Arrangements in care of
Lenore Jacobson, Funeral Director at
PARKLAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM,
6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040