Beatrice Mary (Rahaim) Hughes passed away on February 8, 2021 after a month long battle with Covid-19. Beatrice was born in Laurel, Mississippi, on October 30, 1923 to Elias Deeb Rahaim and Mary Rahaim. She moved to Jacksonville at age two and had eight siblings: Sue Gresko, Rosalee Haddad, Katherine Wright, Margaret Taylor, Delores Ricks, Anita Cates, Annette Mesner and Louis Rahaim. She lived a happy and successful 97 years.
She married Ernest Eugene Hughes of Jamestown, North Carolina, whom she met in 1942 at Jacksonville Beach during World War II. He was a U.S. Marine, and they married in Jacksonville after the war. They had two children, Richard Patrick Hughes and Carolyn Ann Hughes, both of Jacksonville.
Beatrice graduated from Immaculate Conception High School and worked as a secretary for most of her life. She retired from the Independent Life Insurance Company as a personal secretary. After that, she worked at the Florida Community College at Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Public Library, and the Census Bureau. She took pride in her work and was an exemplary employee.
Beatrice's long life was legendary, that amazed everybody that she knew.
She is predeceased by her husband, who died in 2014, her parents, her brother and four of her sisters.
Beatrice is survived by her twin sisters; Anita and Annette, her daughter Carolyn, her son Richard and his wife Susan (Menard) Hughes, her grandchildren Kristin (Hughes) Schaad, Karen (Hughes) Ayres, and Katelin Jill Hughes, five great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
She was a parishioner at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church for over 30 years.
Beatrice will be interred with her husband at the Jacksonville National Cemetery. A memorial in her memory will be held at a later date after the pandemic has been more successfully controlled.
Hardage-Giddens Chapel Hills Funeral Home is proud to serve the family.
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