Rita Veronica (Hughes) Daley

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Rita Veronica Hughes Daley, 78, New Smyrna Beach, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and homemaker, who, after becoming a registered nurse by going to night school at age 40, worked for 17 years in pediatrics at St. John's Hospital, Queens, NY, died Sunday, June 15, 2014 with her family around her. Rita was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to New Smyrna Beach in 2002 to her "beach house". She was a member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church and the Human Service Ministry, New Smyrna Beach. Rita was loved by all who were blessed to know her. Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Gerard F. "Jerry" Daley; five sons, Michael (Mary Kay) of San Diego, CA; Gerard (Melissa) and John (Donna) of Monroe, NY; Thomas (Patti) of Brooklyn, NY and Paul (Welkhenia) of Queens, NY; two daughters, Rita E. Daley of Albany, NY and Regina (Thomas) Sturles of Edgewater; her mother, Rita E. Hughes Halka, who has since passed away on June 19, 2014; four brothers, Robert (Gabi) Hughes and Joseph (Maureen) Hughes of New Smyrna Beach; John (Maureen) Hughes of San Diego, CA and Terrence Hughes of Ocala; three sisters, Mary Currao, Eileen (Donald) Collins and Regina (Alan) Lawrence, all of New Smyrna Beach; a brother-in-law, Samuel Larmer of New York; twenty grandchildren, Luke, Elodie, Matthew, Graham, Nicholas, Erin, Danielle, Gerard Michael, Thomas, Jacqueline, Caitlin, Gerard Francis, Connor, Ryan, John, Robert, Noah, Rohan, Brandon and Isabelle and four great grandchildren, Emily, Riley, Ashlyn and Olivia. Rita was an aunt to 48 nieces and nephews, several of whom were also her godchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Anne Hughes Larmer in 1989. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM Thursday, June 26, 2014, which would have been Rita's and Jerry's 60th wedding anniversary, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, New Smyrna Beach. Cremation will be by Dudley Crematory, New Smyrna Beach. Visitation will be from 3PM until 8PM Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at Dudley Funeral Home, New Smyrna Beach. Memorial donations may be made to Our Lady Star of the Sea Human Service Ministry, 4000 S. Atlantic Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169.


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Dudley Funeral Homes, Inc. & Crematory - New Smyrna Beach Chapel
1108 North Dixie Freeway
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
(386) 428-6414
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 22, 2014
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