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Gloria G. Hughes 1936 - 2012 PITTSFIELD Gloria G. Hughes passed away Friday, March 16, 2012, at Berkshire Medical Center, in the loving presence of her family. Gloria was born Gloria Mary Green in Troy, NY on April 5, 1936, the eldest child of the late Clinton Boice Green and Charlotte D. Sinsabaugh Green. She grew up in the Lansingburgh area of Troy, NY, where she was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Episcopal Church. After graduating from Lansingburgh High School in 1954, Gloria worked as a bookkeeper at Cluett, Peabody & Co. until November 1963, when she married Edward Hughes and moved to Pittsfield. Gloria worked as an administrative secretary for the City of Pittsfield at City Hall, then for the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Safety, from 1980 until her retirement in 2001. She was a committed, active member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, where she served as choir mother, Sunday school teacher, Altar Guild member, and as a lay leader for communion. She was well known for her contributions to church fundraising and mission projects, especially for her gifts of creativity in confections, cake decorating, and construction of intricate gingerbread villages. She also felt privileged to serve at St. Stephen's Table. Gloria was a member of PEO, Chapter T, wherein she enjoyed great friendship and love and passionately supported the education of women around the world. In addition to her involvement with the church and PEO, Gloria was active in the local community, volunteering as a librarian at Egremont School when her children were young, and supporting local sports through her children and grandchildren, especially ice hockey, baseball, figure skating and ballet. She loved reading and going to theatre and concert events. Gloria is survived and dearly missed by her husband, Edward Hughes, three children, Edward S., Nancy, and Susan Hughes, two grandchildren who brought her the greatest joy, Edward D. and Rebecca Hughes, two brothers, Ronald and Dennis Green, and their families. FUNERAL NOTICE: A private family cremation will be followed by a funeral service at which friends and family are welcome on Thursday, March 22, 2012, starting at 2 p.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, where Gloria's ashes will be interred in the columbarium. The service will be followed by a reception hosted by Gloria's PEO sisters in the Guild Room at the church. Prior to her death, Gloria requested that in lieu of flowers, donations in her memory be made to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church or to PEO, Chapter T. Donations may be made directly to the church, or via DERY FUNERAL HOME, which is in charge of arrangements.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Mar. 20, 2012
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