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.