Helen Hughes

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Helen Hughes, 102, of Defiance, passed away on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at the Twin Rivers Care and Rehabilitation Center, Defiance.

Helen was born on March 4, 1911, to Richard and Margaret (Hardin) Barnsgrove in Sutton, W.Va. On March 12, 1941, she married Evertt Hughes and he passed away on May 21, 1951.

She retired after 25 years as secretary to the parole board at Alderson Federal Reformatory for Women. Helen loved watching football and basketball, crocheting, doing needlepoint, playing cards and traveling. She also enjoyed spending time with her family.

Helen is survived by her son, Richard (Barbara) Hughes of Defiance; grandchildren, Greg Parsons of Defiance, Craig Parsons of Defiance and Mike Hughes of Defiance; 13 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Virginia Coulter of St. Louis, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Evertt Hughes; daughter, Helen Hughes; grandson, Ricky Parsons; siblings, Betty Price, Ann Lytle, Drusilla Donovan, Kathrine Gunnoe, Margaret Barnsgrove and Richard Barnsgrove.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with Rev. Donald L. Luhring officiating. Family will receive friends two hours prior to the service starting at 9 a.m.

Memorials are suggested to the St. John Lutheran Church. Online condolences can be given at www.Schafferfh.com.

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