HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Marian Hughes Shuff, 93, died Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, in her home in Hot Springs, Ark.
She was born in Parsons to Rees and Isabel (Savage) Hughes. She remained a loyal Kansan all her life, even though she lived in 11 states and several cities in each. She attended Washburn College in Topeka and received a master of arts degree from Syracuse University, an education specialist degree from Pittsburg State University and a doctorate from the University of Kansas. She taught school in Mound Valley, Parsons at Pittsburg State and at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill., from which she retired in 1980.
She married Dr. Robert V. Shuff. They retired to Arkadelphia, Ark., where both were active in university and community affairs. She was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church, president of the League of Women Voters in three cities, a 50-year member of P.E.O., and in Arkadelphia was a member of the Music Club, Colerean, Democratic Women and a book club. She served as a member of the Clark County Library board and remained active in several art groups, including the Caddo River Art Guild. She studied art both at Eastern and for 18 years at Henderson State University, and had some success in the surrounding area with her specialties: etchings, screen prints, wood and lino cuts, among others.
Devoted to her extended family, and certainly a "people person," Marian had many interests, among them sewing, her computer, reading and traveling.
Survivors include her husband, Robert V. Shuff; a son, Walter Stromquist and his wife, Mary; a daughter, Ann Stromquist and her husband, Joseph Kump; a granddaughter, Susan Ann Stromquist; a brother, W.D. “Pete” Hughes of Parsons and his wife, Mary; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Janet Carpenter.
Mrs. Shuff was cremated. No services are planned at this time.
The family suggests memorials to the Shuff Scholarship Funds at Henderson State University and the Caddo River Art Guild.