Eileen Florence Cutter Hughes, 96, of Hendersonville, passed away on Thursday January 28th, 2021 at Carolina Village in Hendersonville. She had previously lived on Larchmont Drive, Hendersonville for thirty three years. She was born in Carteret, New Jersey to Adelaide Casaleggi and Clifford Leslie Cutter.
Eileen married Walton Hughes in 1945. Together they had six children. Beyond caring for her family, Eileen worked as a successful corporate assistant. In 1981 Eileen and Walt retired to Hendersonville from Detroit, where Walton had been an automotive engineer in New Jersey Michigan. Walt passed away much too soon in 1984. Eileen built a new life dedicated to serving the local community. She joined the League of Women’s Voters, became VP of the local Unitarian Universalist Church, was active in the local Woman’s Club, and worked as a volunteer for numerous organizations including Mainstay (now known as Safelight.) She was recognized with an award from North Carolina Governor Martin for her outstanding community service. In Hendersonville, Eileen had a large circle of friends and at the same time was the center for her family’s connections from across the country. She moved to Carolina Village in 2014 at the age of 90, much to the relief of her children! She spent three wonderful years in Independent Living, and her final three years in their Medical wing receiving outstanding care and friendship from a dedicated and professional staff.
Eileen was preceded in death by her husband Walton, her daughter Leslie MacKenzie and Leslie’s husband Gordon MacKenzie; grandson Dylan Brown; siblings, Ann Marie Freeman, Clifford Cutter, and Irma Schmersal. Eileen is survived by her five children: Kathleen Wandel (husband Lee); Walton II (wife Sherri); Wendy Brown (husband Jonathan Green); Patricia Sampson (husband Robert); and Kevin. Eileen also leaves two beloved daughters-in-law, Kathleen Dragan Hughes and Dawn Star Hughes. Eileen is survived by 4 grandchildren, Lee II (wife Karen), Bryan, Bethanee (partner Jesse), Zachery (wife Megan); 5 great-grandchildren, Lee III, Ethan, Ryan, Bailey, and Evelyn; and 2 step great grandchildren, Karson and Blaze.
In lieu of a funeral, a memorial web site has been established by her children chronicling Eileen’s life. It can be accessed at
To honor Eileen, donations can be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in recognition of her loving struggle to find the best care for her daughter Leslie. Please Click Here to make a donation.