DELORES "TOOT" HUGHES MAHAN - age 68, of Knoxville, passed away 11:31 p.m. Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Physicians Regional Medical Center.
She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, mamaw, great-grandmother, sister, friend to all, and loved by all. She was a member of Beaver Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Margery Maples Hughes. Toot spent a lifetime caring for others and going out of her way to make someone’s day better, she simply loved everybody, and everybody loved Toot. From her “tooters” to being there on your worst day, one thing you could count on was Toot being there. She loved the outdoors and traveling, and went on numerous camping trips and cruises. One could say she loved to “hit the road.”
She loved her daughters unconditionally, supporting them in every aspect of their lives. In their eyes she was the perfect mom. Toot was also “mamaw” and was adored by all her grandchildren. She never missed a beat when it came to her grandchildren, attending every game she could (if she didn’t there was a darn good reason). She and Steve also took the grandchildren on many of their adventures, creating memories they will never forget and be forever thankful for. Her new great-grandson brought her so much joy. She was so excited to be a “grand.”
She was a loving and dedicated wife to Steve and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year. Their love was undeniable and admired by many. If you saw one you saw the other. She loved all her close lifelong friends, and cherished those relationships. The past couple of years were very trying for Toot, and she pushed through every day like a warrior, reaching deep inside for inner strength and she never gave up.
Saying she was a strong woman would be an understatement, she was one tough lady.
Nanny, her mother, has met her in Heaven and they will watch over us all our remaining days until we meet again. She will be missed more than any words can describe, and will never be forgotten as we here struggle with her untimely passing.
Survivors: husband, Steve Mahan; daughters, Melissa Hensley and Laura Mahan; grandchildren, Weston and wife Amber Hensley, Colby Hensley, Xavier (Jazzmin) Harper, Javon (Ashley) Harper; great-grandson, Zayden Harper; sisters, Sharon “Ahhie” Rogers, Brenda Jacques; and brother, Cecil Arp all of Knoxville; several nieces, nephews, and life-long friends.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday at Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at North Broadway. A memorial service will follow at
7:00 p.m. with Reverend Fran Vickers officiating.
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