Juanita Hughes, 88, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at 4:05 a.m. at Court House Manor where she had been residing since April.

Juanita was born August 1, 1932, at West Union in Adams County, Ohio to Lester C. and Marie Spears Porter.  She was a graduate of West Union High School and attended the College of Music in Cincinnati for two years before receiving her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University.

She taught several years in southern Ohio before becoming a music teacher with the Washington City Schools in 1967.  She retired in 1996, after a career of 32 years.

Juanita was organist at the Grace United Methodist Church from 1967 until 1993, at which time she became the organist at St. Colman Catholic Church, a position she held for ten years.  She also gave private music lessons.

She was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church; the United Methodist Women; the American Association of University Women and the Fayette County Retired Teachers Association.

Juanita is survived by her husband, Gene P. Hughes, whom she married on October 17, 1952; a daughter, Alisa Hughes Dorn and her husband, Phil, of Washington Court House; a son, Michael G. Hughes and his wife, Christine Black-Hughes, of Eagles Lake, MN; two grandchildren, Kyle Galecki and his wife, Kristi, and Camille Galecki Kewer and her husband, Kevin; four great grandchildren, Cora and Ethan Galecki and Kiley and Caleb Kewer; three step grandsons, Jesse, Douglas and Matthew (Katie) Breitigan and a step great granddaughter, Luci Breitigan.

The funeral will be Saturday, June 5, 2021, at 2 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the Grace United Methodist Church, officiating.

Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 1 p.m. until time of the service.

A private family graveside service will be held Sunday at 11 a.m. at the West Union Cemetery in Adams County.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Ohio’s Hospice of Fayette County, 222 West Oakland Avenue, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.



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  • Phil and Vicki Rhonemus says:

    Dear Gene and Extended Hughes Family,
    Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Always enjoyed speaking with Juanita when you all visited at the Methodist Church in West Union.

  • Bill and Sandy Sowash says:

    Sorry for your loss. You have our sincerest condolences. You are in our prayers.