Denise Tobin Hughes

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Denise Tobin Hughes passed away on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, surrounded by her family after a long battle with breast cancer. A resident of Plano since 1987, Denise is survived by her husband of thirty-five years, Allen Hughes; son, Nicholas and wife Amy; daughter, Kimberly Hughes Toft and husband Chase; her brothers, Dan Tobin and wife Peggy, Tom Tobin and wife Karen; her aunts, Audrey Parker (godmother), Barbara Tobin and Deanna Boihem; her uncles, Ron Boihem and wife Rubi, Lester Boihem and wife Diane; her nephews, Robert Thompson, Gregory, Grant and Garrett Tobin; and her nieces, Jessica and Mallory Thompson. She is preceded in death by her parents, William Tobin, Jr. and Jacqueline Tobin; aunt/uncles Yvonne and Earl Rossignol, Charles Parker, Patrick Tobin, and Larry Boihem. Denise was born in New Orleans, on October 14, 1952, to Bill and Jackie Tobin. She graduated from Archbishop Chapelle High School and attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana, where she earned a degree in Sociology. She began working at the Welfare Department, but soon her love for travel landed her a job with Delta Airlines, where she worked until her marriage to Allen Hughes. They married in 1979 and moved overseas to the Middle East and then to Southeast Asia, where their first child Nicholas was born. After seven years overseas, she returned to New Orleans where their daughter, Kimberly, was born. With the transfer of her husband, she became a resident of Plano, where she lived and raised her family. A dedicated mom, she spent many hours helping with homework, projects, and attending school concerts, and took an active interest in her children's school and church organizations becoming a member of Mothers and Others and the Seton Young Marrieds. Married to her husband, Allen, for 35 years, Denise was a perfect partner. Both her and Allen's love for travel lead them to many exotic locations, vacationing in destinations such as Africa, Europe, Katmandu, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Tokyo as well creating many family memories with their travels throughout the States. She recently attended the weddings of Kimberly, to Chase Toft, in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Nicholas, to Amy Speer, in Dallas. But of all her world travels, Denise's favorite destination was overlooking the beautiful blue water and white sandy beaches from her 6th floor condo in Destin, FL. Denise was passionately dedicated to family and friends. Always the consummate caregiver, she spent time away from her family to care for her mom while she battled lymphoma. After Hurricane Katrina decimated her hometown, she provided a home to her brothers and their families until they could both move back home. She became known as "The Magnanimous Aunt" -- a title she endeared. She enjoyed immensely getting together with her friends and became a member of the group formerly known as the Red Hats, allowing her and her friends to create many fond memories. She loved dogs, was an avid fan of The Beatles, and passed on her affinity of Café Du Monde Coffee and Donuts to her children and nephews. She fought through three separate battles with cancer and showed us all how to live despite life's adversity and challenges. A true inspiration and dedicated, loving wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend will be affectionately missed. The family would like to thank the dedicated medical staff who battled with Denise against this disease. Your dedication and caring extended our precious and quality time with her. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM, Friday, June 6, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2700 W. Spring Creek Pkwy. Plano, TX 75023, reception to follow. Memorial Masses for Denise, donations to a cancer research , or flowers are all welcome.
Published in from June 5 to June 6, 2014
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