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Hughes, Evelyn

d. April 25, 2014

Evelyn L. (Welch) Hughes, 88, passed away Friday April 25, 2014 at St John’s Hospice. She was born May 27, 1925, in Springfield, IL, The daughter of James Earl and Fannie L (Stutzman) Welch. Evelyn was a graduate of Feitshans High School. On July 12th of 1943, she married Franklin Wesley Hughes. Evelyn was loved, and adored by her 8 children, 18 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. In 1990, after her retirement from Illinois Bell Telephone, she enjoyed spending additional time with family and friends.She traveled often with her children and their families all over the USA and Europe. Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; her 3 brothers, Kenneth E., Robert E., and Everett L. (Bud) Welch; her 2 sisters, Juanita E. Welch and Shirley A. Vespa; and 3 of her children, Sandra K. Mangiaforte, Ronnie E., and Mark W. Hughes. She is survived by two sons, Larry (Mary Lois), and Roger (Bunny) Hughes of Athens; three daughters, Stephanie (Jack) Geary of Greenview, Pamela (Bob) Rector of Athens, and Twyla (Mike) Baker of Springfield. Visitation will be Sunday, May 4, 2014, from 2-4 pm at Mott & Henning Funeral Home, 206 N. Main St., Athens, IL. There will be a gathering immediately after at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Hughes, 23499 Clemens Rd. Athens, IL. A marker will be placed on the family plot in Roselawn Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s Hospice. Online condolences can be shared at chrismac:8888/mott/.

Family is being served by Mott & Henning Funeral Home, in Athens, IL.


  1. My deepest sympathy to Evelyn’s family. Evelyn and I enjoyed many hours swinging on the patio at Villa I. Evelyn’s friendship and the swing provided entertainment and relaxation so that we were able to enjoy the outdoors. Evelyn was blessed to have so many wonderful children and grandchildren who cared for her. Evelyn will be remembered fondly.

  2. The loss of a parent is difficult. May God’s grace and your many beautiful memories be a comfort to each of you at this difficult time.

  3. Pam and Bob,

    Thoughts and prayers to you and yours ….may memories and faith carry you thru this difficult time.

  4. The loss of a parent is very difficult. Our thoughts and prayers surround the family. We know you have wonderful memories of both of your parents. Your parents will always be remembered for raising eight wonderful children. As I think back over high school days, your parents were always involved with the family at school, at church and in the community. When they chaperoned at high school dances, they were always better dancers than most of the students. May special memories help to heal your hearts at this most difficult time. John and Beverly Brown Warner

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