Hughes, 102, of Defiance, passed away on
Thursday, December 5, 2013, at the Twin
Rivers Care and Rehabilitation Center,
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.
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.
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-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
Memorials are suggested to the St. John Lutheran
Church. Online condolences can be given at