Doris Ratcliffe Cuddington Hughes, 86, musical and loved by many

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Doris Ratcliffe Cuddington HughesDoris Ratcliffe Cuddington Hughes, 86, died Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at Autumn Care of Myrtle Grove, with her daughter and son-in-law by her.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Reilly Herman Cuddington and Joel Jefferson Hughes; her parents, Jesse Hampton Ratcliffe and Dora Mae Alderman Ratcliffe; and her brothers, Charlie Ratcliffe, Covie Ratcliffe and Carl Ratcliffe.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Cuddington Page, and her husband, Michael; her stepson, Reilly Herman Cuddington Jr., and his wife, Lori; her sister, Betty June Richardson, and her husband, Ray; her granddaughters, Kimberly P. Reel, and her husband, Steve, and Suzanne P. Tarry, and her husband, Fred; four grandchildren; and many very special nieces and nephews.

She was born on September 10, 1929, in Radford, Virginia. She attended 11 years of school and graduated with the distinction of perfect attendance for all 11 years. She came from a Christian family, and her father was a Pentecostal holiness minister. Her family was also very musical, all self-taught, and they sang and played various instruments (guitar, mandolin, banjo, autoharp, and piano) as they performed gospel music in churches and on local radio stations.

She had two wonderful husbands, and she was able to celebrate silver wedding anniversaries with both. She was married to Reilly Cuddington for 27 years and Joel Hughes for 25 years. She and Reilly enjoyed getting together with family and friends for fish fries and camping. She and Joel became very talented at ballroom dancing. She loved being a wife and homemaker, and she was an expert at preparing delicious meals for family and friends.

Doris was a member of Pine Valley United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir for many years.  She also served as the treasurer for the United Methodist Women. Over the years, she worked for France Neckwear, part-time for Belk Department Store, and North Carolina Natural Gas. Doris was a very gentle, loving person. She was so proud of her family and loved being with them. She was a friend to everyone, and she passed out compliments lavishly. Anyone who met her would say, “She’s so sweet!”, and she definitely was!

The family would like to sincerely thank the Richardson family, especially Uncle Ray, for their attentiveness and love.

The family would also like to sincerely thank the staff of Autumn Care, especially the #300 hall, for their love and compassion.  One particular aide, who was her primary caretaker there, checked on her constantly, even after work. During her last days, the nurses, aides, doctors, practitioners, and even the housekeepers, everyone who knew her there, came in to hug her and speak to her. Three very special nurses gathered around her as she passed away and brought comfort to the family.

A memorial service will be held at Pine Valley United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 12.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be private.

Memorials may be made to Pine Valley United Methodist Church, 3788 Shipyard Blvd., Wilmington, N.C. 284043.

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