Julia J. “Julie” Hughes

February 27, 1958 ‒ May 17, 2019

Marion, Ohio

Julia J. “Julie” Hughes, age 61, of Marion, boarded the train to Heaven on Friday, May 17, 2019, at the Kobacker House in Columbus following a battle with cancer.

On February 27, 1958, Julie was born in Marion, Ohio, the oldest of three daughters of Marilyn M. (Rose) Porterfield and the late Jerry R. Porterfield.  She graduated from River Valley High School in the class of 1976.

In June of 1979, Julie married Howard H. Hughes, who preceded her in death on December 2, 2001.

Julie worked in nutrition services at Marion General Hospital for nearly ten years.  Previously, she was a hostess at Applebee’s.

Having a love for the ocean, Julie loved every minute of having her toes in the sand and searching for seashells.  Her family will forever cherish their memories of Julie on the beach.

If she wasn’t at the beach, Julie’s second favorite place was home.  She loved sitting outside, enjoying nature and watching the seasons pass by.  She also was an avid reader, who had a quite the sweet tooth, and loved listening to her favorite songs.

Julie will be remembered as a woman with the strongest of spirits, overcoming countless struggles with integrity and grace.  She was brave and fearless, always giving her all to provide for her three children.  Her huge heart overflowed with love for her children and grandchildren.

Left to cherish her memory are her three children: Holly (Tyler) Gray, Josh (Katie Dozer) Hughes, and Shelby Hughes; four grandchildren: Emmalynn and Eli Gray, and Quinn and Nox Hughes, with one more on the way, Gia Hughes; mother, Marilyn Porterfield; two sisters: Becky Porterfield, and Amy (Brooks) Brown; and several nieces and nephews.

Including her husband and father, Julie was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Eila Gray.

Her family will observe services privately at her graveside in Marion Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio State University, James Cancer Center via (https://www.giveto.osu.edu/makeagift/OnlineGivingDonation.aspx?Source_Code=DEV_AG-MED_CHRI-JamesWeb-ON-S&Fund=310921) or to OhioHealth Kobacher Hospice House via (https://foundation.ohiohealth.com/programs/hospice-giving).

On behalf of her family, they would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to all of the staff and doctors who took care of Mom at both The James Cancer Center and the Kobacker House.  Also, to Snyder Funeral Homes for your compassion and care for Mom.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel, are honored to serve Julie’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Holly, Josh, and Shelby,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved mother, Julie. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May you think often on all of your precious time with your mother and hold those dear memories in your hearts and minds. God bless you all.
    All of our love,
    Adam and Brittany Issler

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Julie was one of the kindest people in this world – so generous and selfless. We are sending each of you a big hug and lots of love.

    Kevin, Jennifer, Mason, and Kora McCleary

  • My deepest sympathy, worked with your Mother, Marilyn, and knew you from before your daughter, Holly, was born. Love and prayers to the family

  • So sorry to hear of your mom passing she will also be remembered I work with her and love every day we work together I will send prayers that god will be with you god bless

  • I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother, Julie. I only worked with her a couple years, but we became very good friends. I will always remember the good times we had at work, always laughing. Julie made the work day bearable and fun. She was such a source of strength to me while my husband was going through cancer. I feel blessed to have known Julie but most of all to call her my friend. I will miss her dearly. Praying God will give your family strength and comfort as you go through this very difficult time.

  • Holly, Josh & Shelby,
    We are so very sorry to hear about your mom. She was such a loving & kind lady on this earth. Please be assured of our prayers for strength & comfort during this difficult time. God bless you all.
    Russ & Marilyn McBride

  • Holly, Josh & Shelby,
    We are so very sorry to hear about your mom. She was such a loving & kind lady on this earth. Please be assured of our prayers for strength & comfort during this difficult time. God bless you all.
    Russ & Marilyn McBride

  • So sorry to hear about the loss of Julie. I remember when she and Kin were teens. Great Memories of all you kids when you were little but most of all Julie when she and KIm were growing up and going through all the angst of teenagers. Sincerely, Lance Curtis.

  • So sorry to hear of Julie’s passing. We worked together in the Nutrition department at MGH. She was truly an amazing women. I’m blessed and honored to have know her. Thoughts and prayers to her family.

  • I cant believe what I’m reading.I will forever miss julie so much.I worked with her in the Nutrition department at MGH.She was always smiling and she made it easy for people to talk to and get advice from.I am so sorry for the loss of this wonderful woman.I will be praying for your family as you go through this difficult loss.

    The Morris family