Mary Hughes
1931 - 2021
Forest Meadows Funeral Home
4100 N.W. 39th Avenue
Gainesville, FL
Mary Hughes
Gainesville - Mary Hughes, 89, passed away on May 7th while residing at Oak Hammock at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. Mary was born on August 15, 1931 in Homestead, PA to Dr. Patrick and Margaret Hughes. Mary earned her BA in Psychology at Marywood University, her Masters in Biology at the University of Notre Dame, and her PhD in Science Education at the University of Pittsburgh. Mary's career began as a teacher, quickly ascending to higher supervisory positions, including that of principal. Her career then led her on a path of community service, not-for–profit administration and fund raising. She held positions as Director of Nutritional Education for the National Dairy Council, March of Dimes Vice President of Community Services (1983) in White Plains, NY, Vice President of Save the Children Federation in Westport, Conn, Executive Director of the National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction in New York, and Senior Consultant to the University of Florida's Division of Continuing Education. Mary also served in many positions within the Oak Hammock community, most notably fundraising for the benevolent fund.
Mary had an extreme love for God, her family, her Irish heritage, and helping those in need. She is survived by her sister, Sr. Patrice Hughes of Pittsburgh, PA and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
There will be a funeral service at the Queen of Peace Catholic Community, Gainesville, FL on May 20th
at 11 AM. Arrangements are under the care of Forest Meadows Funeral Home & Crematory.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Oak Hammock Benevolent Fund, 5100 SW 25th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32608.
Published by Gainesville Sun from May 13 to May 16, 2021.
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Mary, Rest In Peace. Fond memories of our time together working for the March of Dimes.
Ann McGovern, RSM
May 22, 2021
Mary was a kind and loving lady, a great advocate for our Catholic schools and our community. And, her great Irish wit always had us laughing. God rest her soul and let your perpetual light shine upon her!
Joy Perry
May 20, 2021
My dear sweet friend and former boss, Mary:
When I found about about your passing, I was devastated. I believe the last time I saw you was at Queen of Peace. You were one of the most understanding, caring, and spiritual women that came into my life. My heart is broken, but I know you are in a great and wonderful place with our Lord Jesus. Give my mom a hug from me.
Teresa Lyles
May 19, 2021
I had the pleasure of knowing Mary through my work at the March of Dimes, when I lived in Phoenix Arizona. Mary was in White Plains, New York at the headquarters of MOD. I was thrilled, while visiting my sister, Nancy Perry, in learn Mary was there. I would hear my sister frequently mention Mary Hughes and I remember saying ...”I have a friend named Mary Hughes as well”. It truly is a small world!. Marys Irish celebrations were true to her great style and class and were so much fun. What a wonderful caring friend. Bless you Mary and we all know the perpetual light will shine extra bright upon you. Thank you for all your kindness and selfless work
Susan Blades, San Antonio, Texas
Susan Blades
May 16, 2021
R.I.P. Mary and may your family & friends find peace knowing you are now resting in God’s kingdom.
Kathy Farrey
May 16, 2021
I met Mary when I was in St Mary’s High School in 1957. She was my mentor in so many ways. We remained friends over the years, taking great vacations together. When she landed in Gainesville, we reconnected and had some good times with the likes of Phyllis and Kit, Mary Martin, Mary Joan Kelleher and several more. A great woman who knew so many people. RIP, Mary
RIP Mary.

Pat Tierney
May 15, 2021
The board and staff of SOAR! Support Our Aging Religious express gratitude for Mary's guidance and long lasting support of our organization for 35 years since its founding in 1986. May she rest in everlasting peace.
Sister Kathleen Lunsmann, IHM
May 14, 2021
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