Judith Rae Hughes

January 26, 1946 ‒ June 29, 2020

Marion, Ohio

Judith Rae Hughes, age 74 of Marion, passed away at her home on Monday, June 29, 2020.

Judith was born January 26, 1946 in Marion, the daughter of Homer Edward Holliday and Yvonne Catherine (Cory) Holliday-Fergueson. She was educated in Marion and graduated from Harding High School.

Judith was united in marriage to Lawrence Michael Hughes on August 28, 1976. The couple made their home in Marion where they raised their children. Judith had a special place in her heart for children and dedicated her career to education. She served for many years as a pre-school teacher at Epworth Pre-School, touching countless lives.

Family always came first. Her children were her life and she enthusiastically supported everything they did growing up and all of the events they belonged to at Harding High School. Family meals were a staple in the Hughes household and when all the family was together Judith’s heart overflowed. She was artistically driven, crafting and creating silk flower arrangements for many weddings. She was known as the cake baker and decorator extraordinaire. Judith enjoyed camping, watching old westerns and listening to Elvis. Swinging outside in her swing and enjoying her yard brought her great delight. She had a heart that was bigger than she was; warm, generous, and comforter are just a few of the words that describe who Judith was. Family or not, everyone called her “JuJu” and was beloved by everyone.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Lawrence “Mike” Hughes; children: Lisa Rae (Larry) Collier, Noel Patrick (Tonya) Jerome and Melissa Taylor; God-Children: Amber, Drew, and Kendra Werley; Mawmaw to: Samantha, Nathan, Nick, Elijah, Emmarae, Ajah, Alexis, Jack, Bella, Sawyer, Sutton, Dylan, and Gryphin; great-Mawmaw to: Toby, Sadie, Monroe, Piper, and Charlie; siblings: Gary E. (Linda) Holliday and Beth A. McFann; her beloved dog, Abby Rae and also surviving are the many children that she “adopted” over the years that knew her as JuJu.

Judith is preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 East Center St., Marion from 4PM to 7PM; funeral service will be Thursday at the funeral home at 10:30AM; Burial will be in Marion Cemetery.

If so desired, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 1404 Goodale Blvd #200, Columbus, OH 43212

The Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel is honored to be serving the Hughes family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • This photo is how I always encountered Mrs. Hughes- always smiling, so friendly and approachable. My daughter attended pre school with her and she always went out of her way to say hello to me and tel me about the day. She was such a joy.
    Sincere sympathy and prayers to her beautiful family.

  • So sorry for your incredible loss Lisa. Carry on her traditions and cherish all your wonderful memories to get you through

  • Rick the kids and i arw so sorry to hear of JuJu passing … She has always been a special part of our life since merting her … Love you both dearly

  • Sorry to hear of Judy’s passing. My daughters were among many who spent time with her during their early years. Thinking about Mike, Lisa, Noel and all of those who will miss her.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. The memories you have of her will live on in your hearts and the time will come when you will be able to smile again when you think of her.
    Tom & Sue Mohr

  • Sorry to hear about this amazing lady. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. She will be missed. Rip: Judy

  • My condolences go out to family and many friends during this difficult time , prayers 🙏.

  • Words cannot be expressed how we are even writing this through tears, she was an amazing & thoughtful friend! Always seeing the good in people! Mike you are forever in our hearts & prayers! Love Vince , Gail & boys

  • My kids always loved Ms. Judy.
    She was one of their favorite teachers at Epworth.
    You have my sincere sympathy and prayers.

  • Our condolences go out to Mike and the family. Judy will be forever missed! Prayers and Hugs!

  • We loved our Juju. She babysat our daughters for a couple years when they were practically babes. She and her wonderful family have remained a family friends over the years. She is a special person and will be missed by generations of Juju’s kiddos. 💓

  • May God bless you all at this difficult time. I do not recall ever not seeing Judy with a great smile on her face. For the times we sat near her at Harding football games, poolside at Lincoln, She welcomed us like family. All the behind the seen things like making hundreds of cupcakes along side Lisa for the entire football team on many occasions throughout the years. My last memory of Judy was sitting in the stands at the Colosseum waiting for at least two hours before the boys graduated from high school because it was worth the wait to see her sweet grandson up close. She took care of us all, pulling like ten fancy fans from her bag to keep us cool. There was never a loss for words with her. Conversations were always a delight, always ending with laughs. I believe Judy has taught many like myself that even the smallest simplest act of kindness can go a long way. What a true treasure and blessing she was to so many. Lisa, Larry, Elijah and family we are keeping you all in prayer.

  • Mike, Lisa, Noel and families,
    I am heartbroken! Judi was one of the best and I loved her dearly! Her kind caring way, her ability to make everyone feel like family in her home and that ornery laugh are the memories I will cherish. My life has been so much richer for knowing you Judi! Rest In Peace, my friend.
    Rest assured, during this difficult time, I will be keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in your memories and peace in your faith. Sending my love and sympathy.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss and hope God will comfort you all in this difficult time. Judi was such a sweet lady and always had a smile for you. She loved my grandchildren Shane and Chezney like her own and they loved her too. Riverbend campgrounds will not be the same when we go out there and we will not see Judi at the snack shack and her beautiful smile. 😥

  • My heart hurts for mike and the whole family Judy was such a special person loved seeing her out at camp cnt believe she gone

  • My sincere condolences to the family during this difficult time.
    I have many fond memories of Judi and her family growing up on Blaine Avenue.
    RIP Judi.

  • Mike, Lisa & Noel: we are deeply sorry to read that our great and wonderful friend, Judi has passed. To know Judi was to love her. We have some wonderful memories of Judi from the Marion Power Shovel days that we will hold dear to our hearts. May she Rest In Peace. Micki & Roger Craven , Atlanta, Georgia


  • We are so sorry for the loss of Judi. She was such a kind person that cared for everyone. She will be dearly missed. Rest easy now in heaven. Prayers and hugs to Mike and family.

  • Mike, Lisa, Noel and family…
    There are no words to effectively convey the deepest sympathies I hold for each of you. I truly hope that the happiest memories of Judy, her spirit, her love, and her warmth linger vividly in you, and bring smiles to your faces often. Hoping, also, that an overwhelming outpouring of love and concern from your friends will gird you through the toughest moments of grief, and carry you on long after. Bless your hearts. RIP Judy.

  • Mike, We are truly sorry for your loss with the passing of such a wonderful person as Judy. She was always such a good person and had a beautiful smile. Your loss is Heaven’s gain.

  • To all who love Judy, especially her children grandchildren and husband. I need you to you long time she babysat for my little girl way back when. Our first trip to Florida we took with Judy and a little Thunderbird. The only person who could touch the floor because the crowded conditions was who was driving. She’s been on my mind lately a lot and I was hoping to get over to see her soon. Unfortunately we put things off until it’s too late. Judy I love you, I’ll miss you forever, and I can’t thank you enough for the friend that you’ve been. Special blessings to all of your family and friends and try to remember the good times and put a smile on your face for Judy. Joyce Noe

  • Lisa, Larry & Elijah,
    Like everyone else, we were devastated to hear of Miss Judy’s passing. We were just blessed enough to be one of the many to have known her. So many wonderfully kind and loving qualities that made her Judy, I see in you Lisa. I’ll never forget her smiling face I would see every week in the stands at the boys’ football games or other school functions. She would never miss seeing her grandson for anything with that smile on her face. If anyone was in need, she would be right there to help just like you Lisa. There are countless others with stories and memories like mine that will keep Miss Judy alive. Hopefully memories like these that everyone shares will help lessen the pain in your hearts during this difficult time. Your family has ALWAYS been and continues to be part of ours. We are keeping you all and the rest of the family in our hearts and prayers. Fly high now Miss Judy, your wings are waiting.
    Love, Melissa & Bob Foster & Christopher Thompson

  • Mike, Lisa, and Noel, I am so sorry for your loss. Judy and I were great friends in school we walked to Olney and Edison together. She had a beautiful smile always kind. She made the world a better place. I will miss her.

  • My deepest condolences to Mike and to all those Judy considered family and friends. She was a very special person who had a big influence on my sister, her children and her grandchildren. They are devastated by her loss but are so grateful to have been loved by her. She takes a small piece of their hearts with her. Rest In Peace, Judy and know you touched many people with your love and kindness.

  • Love and prayers go out to all of Judy’s family. She lit up the room, with her smile, laughter and love. This is how I will always remember her. Everyone she touched, is better for knowing her.

  • I was very fortunate to meet Judi and Mike at Riverbend Campground. Judi was such a sweet soul, always welcoming you with a smile and stories on the porch. I’ll always remember the Ohio State party at their home, and how much fun we all had together. Rest Easy Judi, you will be missed by many. Prayers for Mike and the family.

  • Lisa, so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your entire family.

  • Mike and Families,
    I was very sorry to hear of Judi passing. What an impact she had on so many children and families.
    I’ve known her over 35 years. We will miss her smile, laughs, and stories.
    Sending love and prayers to all.
    Dave/Deb Clayton

  • We will always remember Judy as someone who was always smiling! She was so approachable and kind hearted. She will truly be missed. Sending love to Mike and their family.

  • Mike, Lisa, Noel Patrick, Gary, Beth, and families,
    We were shocked and saddened today to hear of Judy’s passing. We pray that God will fill you with His perfect peace at this extremely difficult time.
    As others have commented, she was a special lady who always had a smile on her face. That most certainly was because of the joy of her beautiful family!
    Remember her with love!

  • Sympathy to Mike & Lisa, Noel and all the family. I was so sad to Learn of Judi’s passing. She was such a talented, tender hearted, fun person. Everyone loved her. And she loved life. We know where she is now. Rest In Peace Judi