In Memory

Gwen Hughes (Bell)

Gwen Hughes (Bell)

Gwen Hughes Bell passed away in 2007. She had early Alzheimer's disease.

Gwen leaves two daughters, Molly and Kelsey and 6 grandchildren and her elder brother, Simon Hughes.


February 26, 1942 - July 9, 2007

Beloved daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. Simon P. Hughes, Sr. She was born and raised in Oklahoma City and was a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where she was also a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. She made a successful career as a residential realtor. Gwen is survived by two daughters, Kelsey Bell Elston and Molly Bell Malone and her husband Brad; six grandchildren, Lilly Elston, Lane Elston, Mason Elston, Georgia Elston, McKenzie Malone and Jake Malone; and a brother, Simon P. Hughes. Jr. In lieu of flowers, Gwen's daughters request gifts be made in Gwen's name to The Alzheimer's Association of Oklahoma.


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01/03/10 09:47 PM #1    

Donna McAlister (O'Keefe)

Gwen and I met when we first became kindergarten neighbors. What I think of is her ability to giggle and to go for adventure. When I was in a graduate writing class, I chose the stories of our adventures when we were little girls, trekking to Putnam Heights different ways, climbing fences and going through yards and fields. As second graders we were horribly affected by hardy poison ivy as we went through the field to see the Frizzel’s horses. I couldn’t see the next morning and the second day of the infection, our mothers brought us together to laugh at the swollen results of that first day-of-school journey. Together we learned that the cigarette lighter in a car does work even if the engine is not turned on, to charge Cokes and a bottle opener at the little neighborhood store on McKinley and to enjoy the sweet taste of Eagle Brand condensed milk in her mother’s pantry.

In my mid 20’s I moved away from Oklahoma and upon returning nearly three decades later, I called Gwen and as a realtor she located a lovely historic home for my dog and me to enjoy near my work downtown. She was there to help me get settled in. When I learned of her Alzheimer’s, we went to Johnnie’s. I reminded her of the pantry escapades and of the little store as we split a slice of banana cream pie. I held up a bite on my fork, she lifted hers and as I said, “Here’s to Eagle Brand”, she responded, “Here’s to charge accounts” followed by hearty laughter that only Gwen could.

I miss the laughter and her sparkling eyes. To Gwen Etta with love from Donna Kay

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