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Ann S. Hughes

September 28, 1943 ~ March 3, 2021 (age 77)


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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