Mrs. Lois Eller Hughes, age 79, of Rominger Road, Banner Elk, and formerly of Dean B. Eller Road, Newland, passed away Friday morning, May 18, 2018 at her home.

Born October 26, 1938 Avery County, she was a daughter of Dean and Bessie Townsend Eller. Lois was a graduate of Newland High School. She was in public relations for AT&T before retirement, working in Charlotte and several western NC communities. Mrs. Hughes was a member of the First Baptist Church of Newland. She loved God, and was devoted to family and friends, especially her grandchildren. Lois worked tirelessly to promote a drug free community for persons with dependencies.
Mrs. Hughes is survived by her daughter, DeeDee Hughes Rominger and husband, Gary, of Banner Elk; granddaughter, Jessica Leigh Hughes of Belews Creek; grandsons, William Garth Rominger of Banner Elk and Matthew Tyler Bissel, of Kitty Hawk; great-granddaughter, Alyssa Jayla Hughes of Belews Creek; brother, Kermit Eller and wife, Dianna, of Elk Park and sister, Kaye Greene and husband, Michael, of Lenoir; nieces, Meredith Bradshaw and husband, Kevin, of Catawba, Amanda Miller and husband, Danny, of Mooresville, Brandy Eller of Athens, GA, Jennifer Tatum and husband, Luke, of Asheville and Erica Eller McLean of Newland; nephew, Robbie Eller and wife, Jackie, of Newland; and special friends, Betty Erhart and JoeAnn Mihalyi.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Jack Hughes and sons, Jackie Dean Hughes.
Funeral services for Lois Eller Hughes will be conducted Sunday evening, May 20th, at 6 oclock at the First Baptist Church in Newland, officiated by Dr. Bill Jones. The family will receive friends from 4 until 6 oclock, prior to services, at the church.
Graveside services will be conducted Monday morning at 11 oclock in the Whitaker Branch Cemetery in Newland. At other times, the family will be at the home of DeeDee and Gary Rominger, 985 Rominger Road, Banner Elk.
Memorials may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, NW, Lenoir, NC 28645, or to the Whitaker Branch Cemetery Fund, in care of Johnny Wayne Hughes, PO Box 685, Newland, NC 28657.
Online condolences may be shared at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Hughes family.

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