Ann S. Hughes
Ann S. Hughes
Ann S. Hughes, 77, passed away March 3, 2021 at home in Woodstock, IL.
She was born in Ogdensburg, NY, the daughter of Robert N. Simonsen and Marian Rownd Simonsen. She was a graduate of Orange High School at Pepper Pike, Ohio and received a bachelor's degree in biology from Wells College in Aurora, NY in 1965. After graduating, she taught at Hood College in Frederick, MD for a year. She married Earl Hughes, Jr on February 18, 1967, and lived in Colorado Springs, CO until his release from the Army November 1967 when they moved to Woodstock, IL.
Ann fully participated in life and was never afraid of a challenge.
She was Secretary-Treasurer of Hughes Seed Farms & Secretary-Treasurer of Hughes Hybrids.
She served on Woodstock District 200 School Board, McHenry County Board also serving as Board Chair, and was a Member of the Illinois House of Representatives 1993-1997.
Ann served on the Centegra Health System Foundation Board, Amcore Bank Board, was a founding Director of American Community Bank and was active in the noon Woodstock Rotary Club for many years.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her sister, Thordis Niela Simonsen of Salida, CO; her husband, Earl Hughes, Jr.; and three sons, David (Karen), Donald (Kim), and James (Kerry), as well as eight grandchildren, Andrew (Elizabeth) Hughes, Megan Hughes, Samuel Hughes, Grant Hughes, Jack Hughes, Madelyn Hughes, Molly Hughes, and Jeffrey Hughes and a nephew, Richard Freytag of Reston, VA.
Ann enjoyed monthly meetings with members of a former Homemakers Club, reading, knitting, traveling with friends, gardening, keeping up with grandchildren, and in later years walking five miles with a few close friends in the City Park every morning.
A later remembrance will be held for family members.
For those desiring to leave a memorial it is suggested that they donate to Gavers Community Cancer Foundation:, Gavers Community Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 1724, Woodstock, IL 60098.
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Published by Northwest Herald from Mar. 5 to Mar. 6, 2021.
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Earl, I am profoundly saddened by Ann's passing. She was an impressive lady. Lee Myers
Lee Myers
April 5, 2021
Ann was a wonderful person and a community treasure. Was honored to know her through volunteerism at Centegra and as a member of the AmCore Bank board. My sincere condolences.
Susan Mansfield Gusinde
April 5, 2021
To the Ann Hughes family are depths condolence
Mike&Ruth Murray
March 13, 2021
We were very sad to hear of Ann´s passing. We remember Ann as such a sweet lady, always said hello with a big, beautiful smile. May your memories comfort you at this time.
Doug and Michelle Kiefer
March 12, 2021
My condolences to the family. Ann will be greatly missed.
Helen MacMillan
March 10, 2021
Your friends fom Corteva
March 9, 2021
Heartfelt thoughts go out to the Hughes family in this time of sorrow.
Troy & Carrie Horton
March 8, 2021
Earl, Dave, Don, and Jim My deepest sympathy on Ann's passing. Always enjoyed seeing her at your annual field day. May God be with you.
Beulah Swanson
March 8, 2021
Ann was definitely a woman to be admired. As a state representative, she worked hard on behalf of women. Your large family was lucky to have such a wonderful role model.
Carolyn M Haak
March 7, 2021
I´m so sorry to hear of Ann´s passing. She was an icon in Woodstock, a very kind person and so giving to her community.
Deb Mckenzie
March 6, 2021