Kathryn N. Hughes
Kathryn N. Hughes
  • April 3, 1920 - December 2, 2017
  • Clearwater, Florida

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Kathryn (Kitty) N. Hughes, age 97, entered Heaven’s gate on Dec. 2, 2017. She was born April 3, 1920 in Collingswood, NJ. Kitty was predeceased by her husband of 72 years, William.

She is survived by her children, Joanne (Hugh) Armstrong, Nancy (Joe) Cook and Richard (Betty) Hughes; grandsons, Richard and Andrew; 4 great grandchildren; and numerous loving relatives.

Kitty’s love and zest for life was an inspiration to all who knew her.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Suncoast Hospice, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33760.

From her kids,

Mom was the consummate mother. She always had the best birthday parties, always themed with hand-made invitations, games and decorations. She was a girl scout leader & den mother. She loved to take us on hikes and point out the flowers and birds, each of which she knew by name.

She was an avid gardener. When we lived in Harrisburg, PA and White Plains, NY we had beautiful flower and vegetable gardens. When they moved to Orlando she was amazed how easy it was to grow things. She would just break off a geranium stem, stick it in the ground and voila, a new geranium plant.

She loved to cook and entertain. You may be the recipient of her cookies. She made us Easter eggs – I mean large ones. I always got peanut butter, Rich got coconut and Joanne buttercream…all decorated like a fancy cake would be. She made the best sticky buns.

She loved to travel. She and Dad went on a castle/flower tour in Europe, an historic cruise up the Mississippi, a Nat’l Parks tour in the west. When Dad’s eyesight made it difficult for him to enjoy the trips she continued with friends and family. She took my son on a cruise to Bermuda (with another Grandma and her grandson), my sister went on a Panama Canal cruise and off to Israel she went on a tour and climbed up to Masada!

Mom was a seamstress and crafter. Joanne and I often wore matching handmade dresses as little girls. My son came home from the hospital in a handknit sweater outfit. She loved working on cards with “Because We Care” and made Christmas cards with her stamps. Her last project was a crocheted shawl for Sylvan’s residents.

She loved life and had an infectious laugh. I’ll never forget a trip to Disney World where she enjoyed ride after ride even though we had to push her round in a wheelchair. She took on Thunder Mountain and laughed the whole way! She’d get laughing so hard you couldn’t help but laugh with her, even if you couldn’t remember what you were laughing at.

Mom loved people and cared for us all. Many of you probably know Mom and Dad because she invited you to eat with them at dinner. Joanne related a story—once she and Dad were in the dining room and saw a new couple. Dad said, “If your mother was here we’d know all about them by now.” You always knew she was thinking of you through birthday or anniversary cards.

Although I am sad that I will miss her, she would not want us to grieve. She loved life but now she has seen Jesus face to face!! Just image God’s big arms wrapping around her as He says, “Welcome Home.”