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Florence Hughes

Mrs. Florence H. Hughes

At 1 p.m. today we will hold a memorial service for Florence Hughes. Mrs. Hughes died this past Saturday evening in Hospice Care. She was 80 years old and leaves behind her husband, Arthur, children Ian Hughes and Janice Morris, and grandchildren who include Gregory and Andrew Morris.

Mrs. Florence H. HughesMrs. Hughes is pictured above adding flowers to the cross Easter 2005 in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection. Every day we hold a funeral or memorial service is Easter. The service today will be a joyous one and all are expected to wear bright clothing in keeping with the Easter nature of a Christian memorial service. While this may not be typical, it is appropriate and in keeping with the Hughes Family wishes.

Florence may have been always and everywhere an Englishwoman who believed in keeping everything in its proper place and all things tidy. She also knew that tea could cure any ill. Yet she had a mind of her own. She liked her clergymen a bit on the untamed side in terms of their preaching, vestments and the like. And she loved singing hymns and deeply enjoyed worship services, especially Palm Sunday, Easter and Christmas Eve.

I trust she will enjoy the Easter-like memorial service we will hold today in her honor as we commend her soul to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The Rev. Frank Logue, pastor


  • At 1/25/2007 5:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The news of the death of Florence Hughes has reached us and we who knew her while she was a member of St. John's Church are very sad and want her husband Arthur and children Ian and Janice to know that their loss is our loss, too. Memories of Florence are an integral part of the fabric of our life in Christ. She brought her talents to serve in a leading role that is not an easy role to fill, Assistant Treasurer and Treasurer for years and there has been no one since willing to serve as long. This parish is located in a leading academic city with a very transient population so we are gaining and losing members regularly. But the Hughes family were the backbone of this church. The children grew up attending our church school and serving as acolytes while Arthur often offered support on projects. However it was Florence who would be in her pew every Sunday and who would come forward with willing hands when ever needed that marked her as a true Martha. By always being on time with her financial reports and attending countless vestry meetings she was our miracle worker who wore a cheerful face. .In addition she faithfully wrote long hand thank you notes to those who made gifts to the parish.

    We were saddened when Florence and Arthur moved away, but understood their need to be near one of their children as they aged. The cruelty of Florence's illnesses gives us great sympathy for her and her family. We miss her spirit shining among us and know she will brighten the heavenly mansions we've been told will be waiting for us who trust in Our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

    —St. John's Episcopal Church
    New Haven

  • At 1/25/2007 5:43 PM, Blogger King of Peace said…

    Today's sermon from Florence Hughes' Memorial Service is online here: A Body of England's.

  • At 1/25/2007 7:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thanks, Frank, for helping my family "keep in touch" across the miles.


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