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Carolyn Jo (Maggie) Milligan Hughes, age 62

Carolyn Jo (Maggie) Milligan Hughes Obituary

Many of you know her as Maggie, but Karen and I grew up with her as Carolyn Jo, the youngest of the five cousins. Randy, Larry, Karen, Carolyn, and I played army many Friday nights as kids while our parents played the card game Rook. We grew up very “tight” back in the day with six years between the five of us spending countless hours playing together. We remained very close throughout life, and Karen and I were fortunate to be able to be with Maggie a lot when her health has been failing these past few years.

Maggie was a Christian and grew up attending Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Batesville, Arkansas.

She passed away in Conway, Arkansas on January 5th, 2022, after her health has declined over the last few years. She was the daughter of Georgia and Mitchell Milligan, and sister to Larry and Randy Milligan. She was born on September 15, 1959, in Batesville, Arkansas. Maggie graduated from Batesville High School in 1977 and was homecoming maid her senior year. Her work career was in apartment management primarily in the Little Rock area.

Maggie was a beautiful lady, inside and out. Her laugh was contagious with a beautiful smile. She never met a stranger and had many friends. She was a lover of music, particularly Jimmy Buffet and the late great Batesville local Andy Bushman. Maggie also loved the many dogs in her life starting out with Skipper, Randy’s Collie. We admire Maggie’s spirit of independence and resilience she demonstrated as she continued to experience loss of her family and her health. She seldom asked for assistance, endured some lonely times, and yet remained positive. If you know Maggie, then you have heard her say countless times. “It will be okay; it is what it is”. She would then give her laugh and smile really big.

Her address book was full of names familiar to us and then some not, but surely demonstrated the many friends in her life. Yes, it was nice to see a paper address book, and she had two. It was an immediate visual of the love people had for her. She was not a techy person, and this was even more demonstrated when Karen and I cleaned her apartment out when she moved into Hospice back in October. She had saved every paper created with her son Richard in mind. All of the report cards, totes of pictures, cards and letters. All of those were saved for Richard. She also had saved every receipt she had accumulated in her life. Lucky for Richard, we threw those away…

Maggie is survived by her son, Richard Lane Hughes, Jr. who she loved and adored fiercely. Granddaughter Ronnie Hughes of Arkansas. She is also survived by three nieces, one nephew, many cousins, aunts, and an uncle. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Randy and Larry, and her granddaughter Millie.

No formal funeral service is planned. For our Batesville friends, release a balloon in Maggie’s honor if you are down by the White River. That was one of her requests. By the way her favorite color is forest green! We will miss her and cherish the privilege of having her in our life. Fly High Maggie. WE LOVE YOU. ALWAYS HAVE!

Arrangements entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook is available at




  • Karen Thomas Posted January 14, 2022 9:01 PM

    I will always love and miss you.

  • Mike Clark Posted January 22, 2022 9:54 AM

    Wow, what to say. Pam and I knew something was wrong when you did not call me on my birthday last November for the first time in 40 years. We were always best friends. It seems like yesterday we were all at Mitch and Jo’s all the time, all the cook outs and gatherings. You were always such a special person. To know you was to love you. You played such a Special Part in my life. We were always Best Friends and Always will be. I Pray for you and Pray for Your Son and Loved ones. May God be with You.

    Mike (PeeWee)

    • Brenda Matlock Tunstill Posted February 15, 2022 11:01 PM

      Mike. Can you reach out to me. About our high school reunion. I did not know how else to contact you. Hated to do it thru this way

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