Doris Hughes

Doris L. Hughes

1925 - 2021

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Obituary of Doris L. Hughes

Doris Louise Hughes, age 96, of Iowa City, Iowa passed away on August 22nd, 2021, after a brief illness. Doris was born on June 23, 1925, to Raymond and Ruth Bender in Geneva, New York. After Doris graduated from New Rochelle High School in 1942, she went on to study Psychology at the University of Iowa (UI) and earned a graduate degree in Early Childhood Education. Doris married Richard Hughes in October 1950 and had three children: David, Diane and Donald. After raising three children, Doris taught for eight years at the University of Iowa Early Childhood Center, then for six years as an Advisor at the Undergraduate Academic Advisor Center. Doris retired in June 1987. Doris was active after retirement volunteering at the Iowa City Public Library, Hospice, Mercy Hospital and Plum Grove. Doris received the Governor’s Volunteer Award in 1995 and Heart and Hand Away from University Hospital in 2005. Doris moved into the Oaknoll Retirement Home in 2004. She enjoyed her family and friends, travel, reading, clowning and was active in the First Methodist Church. Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Ruth Bender and her husband Richard. Doris is survived by her brother, Ronald Bender and three children David (Mary Beth) Diane (Chris) and Donald (Lisa) along with four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Oaknoll Foundation, First Methodist Church, or Iowa City Hospice. No public services are being planned at this time. To share a thought, memory or condolence with her family please visit the funeral home website @