Vida Mae Brooks Hughes was born Jan. 1, 1934 on a black land cotton farm near Barry Her parents were John Thomas and Lalia Ann Brooks. After graduating from Barry High School in 1951, she married and moved to Dallas.
Vida had a variety of jobs over the years, but her last and favorite one was managing her nephew, Ron Hall's art gallery. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the lights of her life. There was nothing she wouldn't have done for them.
Her passion was genealogy and she spent countless hours looking for her relatives and those of friends and other family. Helping others was another passion. If anyone was in need, she could found near by working to help solve their problems.
Vida was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Elvice Barr; sister-in-law, Mickey Brooks; brother-in-law, Earl Hall and nephews, John Hall and James Randall Barr.
She is survived by her son, Chris Hughes (Michelle); daughters, Roxanne Spradlin (Mike) and Lynnette Wilkinson (Rick); grandchildren, Beth Saxton (Nathan), Cassie Cassidy (Kyle), Kimberly Wolfe (Bryan), Chad Hughes, Clint Spradlin (Jenny), Ryan Wilkinson (Stephanie), Caitlin Hughes, Natalie Taylor (Tyson); 12 great-grandchildren; sister Tommye Hall, brother Ray Brooks, well loved nieces and nephews and her best friend Mary Jane Kuntschik.
Vida will be greatly missed by her family and countless friends. Her burial will be Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove and a celebration of her life will be at noon pm at the Barry Community Center in Barry.
Published on October 17, 2016