Mary Alice Hughes, age 81, of Thayer, KS, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2011 at the Catholic Care Center in Bel Aire, Kansas. Mary Alice was born November 1, 1929 in Thayer, the daughter of Roy McNutt and Beulah Meigs McNutt. Mary Alice was raised in the rural Morehead area and graduated from Thayer High School in 1947. Following graduation she moved to Neodesha and was employed at the Ben Franklin store. While in Neodesha she met Carl Wayne Hughes and they were married on June 19, 1949 at the parsonage of the First Nazarene Church. In 1957 the family moved to rural Thayer and Mary Alice worked at the Thayer Public Schools for 11 years as a cook and later at the T.B. State Hospital in Chanute for 3 years. In December of 1971 she was involved in a cartrain accident which left her disabled. She was known as Grandma Mary to many children in Thayer and loved being with and taking care of her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, and any and all of the children in town. Mary Alice is survived by her loving husband Carl Wayne Hughes of the home, her children, son Bill W. amp Linda Hughes, daughters, Barbara Sue amp Charles Wright, Virginia Lee amp Charles Blackburn and Nancy amp Karl Thornton , all of Thayer. Her grandchildren, Liston amp Kristy Hughes, Amie amp David McMillen, Kelly amp Randy Rhue, Paul amp Laci Hughes, Tara amp Eric Gossett, Sheila amp Noe Vasquez, Marcus amp Talia Leck, Jennifer Williams, Shannon amp Matt Bogle, Kassie Thornton and Kayla Thornton. Her great grandchildren: Hunter, Carleigh amp Garret Hughes, Grant amp Cooper McMillen, Morgan, Brooklyn amp Cameron Rhue, Madi amp Maddox Hughes, Andrew amp Lakin Gossett, Seth Soloman, Josey amp wife Nicci, Chelsea, KayLee, Tucker amp Tayte Leck, Hope, Gavin amp Heaven Williams and Shayla, Tyra amp Thornton Bogle, one greatgreat grandson Madynn Leck, 1 brother, Bill McNutt of Whitney, Texas and a sister Freda Roach of Lumberton, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Vera Lee Arnold. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, May 20th at 1:30 p.m. at the Thayer Christian Church with David Camp, Minister presiding. Family visitation will be held at the church from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Thursday evening, Mary Alice will also be in state from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Friday morning prior to the service. Burial will follow at Neodesha City Cemetery. Memorial remembrances may be made to the Thayer Christian Church in care of PenwellGabel Loran Fawcett Chapel. PenwellGabel Loran Fawcett Chapel is in charge of arrangements.