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Harold & Carol Hughes celebrate 60 years

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POSTED October 1, 2013 1:38 a.m.

Harold Hughes and Carol Myers met as 15-year-olds in Nampa, Idaho, after Carol moved there from Zillah, Washington.  That night, Carol wrote a letter back to her best friend in Washington, “Today I met the boy I’m going to marry.”

They married September 4, 1953 while they were still students at Northwest Nazarene College.  After graduating, Harold served two years in the U.S. Army, with sixteen months of service in Korea.

They moved to San Antonio, Texas to serve on the staff of the Spanish Nazarene Seminary, and later, both taught in the Judson Rural High School District.  While living in San Antonio, Harold earned his Master’s Degree in counseling from Trinity University. 

In 1964, they moved to Lindsay, California where Harold accepted a position as High School Counselor, and Carol, as a classroom teacher.  Very shortly, Harold moved into School District Administration where he started working as the District Business Manager.

 Their careers led them to Manteca where Harold began as Business Administrator  He  became Assistant Superintendent,   Associate Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent,  and concluded his career as Superintendent of Manteca Unified School District.

 Carol continued her teaching career in Escalon Unified School District, where she served as a math specialist, reading specialist, and bilingual specialist.  She earned her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of LaVerne. After spending her days teaching school, she would spend many evenings teaching private piano lessons.  Carol spent 55 years as a church pianist and organist.  While in Manteca, Carol served for 14 years as President of the Kindred Arts Society bringing live concerts of classical music to Manteca. 

In Manteca, Harold  served on boards that built 84 units of low-cost senior housing, the Manteca Homeless Shelter, and the Manteca Senior Center.  Harold was active in Rotary International for several decades serving a year as President of Manteca Rotary, and the following year, serving as a district officer.

 After retiring from their careers in education, they moved to Midland, Texas, in 2001, where they very quickly found a home among the wonderful people at First Presbyterian Church.  In Midland, they enjoy being with their son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Marlon Hughes, and  Dr. Patricia Hughes.  They have four grandsons from Midland:  Marshall Hughes who is earning a Master’s Degree in Applied Anatomy from Case Western University, Loyal Hughes, who is earning a Bachelor’s degree in History from Abilene Christian University, Carson Hughes, who is earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Rice University, and Walden Hughes, who is a student at Trinity School of Midland. 

 Harold and Carol’s older son, Dr. Walden Hughes, is a Professor of Piano, Music History, and Musicology at Northwest Nazarene University where he has taught for 35 years.  Walden and his wife Monica gave Harold and Carol a grandson and a grand-daughter, Camden and Kendra.  Both are  school music teachers.  Camden is also a professional jazz musician.

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