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School PTA official (IS61Q PTA President and Brooklyn Technical High School PTA Vice President).

The parent who was always there.

The person who made sure I got to school on time and never hung out with those who were going nowhere.
NAACP member – advocate for equality in education.

Adaptable to new technology (“Hi babe!” was how she answered her cell).

Favored big hugs and kisses

Introduced me to good music from classical to vocal standards to jazz to Top 40 to soul..

Taught me the importance of shopping on sale and eating the best I could afford

Pushed me into doing things (e. g., cooking) no matter how I whined — because she knew I could..

Taught me the importance of believing and trusting in God — even and especially when religion doesn’t make sense. 

That was my mother, Shirley Maria Hughes (nee Jeffrey).

Her sunrise date was June 28, 1935.

April 7, 2013 marked the 10th anniversary of her sunset.


Thank you Mom. I miss you and I’ll love you forever.



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