Dolores Marie "Dee" Hughes

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Dolores Marie "Dee" Hughes, 92, of Saint Clair, passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street.

Dolores was born Feb. 2, 1927, in Middleport, to the late Anibal and Julia Betrusky Brito. Dolores was the eldest of five children and left high school to help her mother raise her siblings after her father passed away when she was 16.

She worked as a seamstress during World War II and was devoted to supporting her family.

In 1949, she married Theodore Hughes, and became a mother of five. She was known for always opening her door and kitchen to many of the neighborhood children and was a fixture in the community. Dolores was a woman of strength and heart, who at 92, did not miss a beat when it came to those that she loved. Dolores was an independent woman, devoted to God and her Catholic faith, and enjoyed cooking and gardening in her earlier years. She will be missed greatly and forever loved by her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore F. Hughes Sr.; son, Theodore Hughes Jr.; daughter, Michelle Sukeena; two sisters, Marie Dale and Margaret Homa.

Surviving are her daughter, Jacqueline Marie Vesay, of Hegins; two sons, Mark Hughes and his wife, Linda, of Barnesville, and John Hughes, of Saint Clair; grandchildren, Yvonne E. Hokanson and her husband, Lantz, Theodore Hughes and his wife, Kimberly, Tiffany Hughes, and Sabrina Ash and her husband, Nathan; great-grandchildren, Lilith, Wyatt, Lila and Emmett Hokanson, Julia and Alexandra Hughes; siblings, Manuel Brito and Emily McDowell; nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, from St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 250 E. Hancock St., Saint Clair, PA 17970, with Monsignor William Glosser officiating. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 to 9 a.m. Friday from Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, 110 N. Second St., Saint Clair. Burial will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be sent to

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Published in Republican & Herald on Feb. 12, 2019
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