HOPEWELL JUNCTION - Dolores G. Hughes, 92, an area resident since 1950, died on October 22, 2017, surrounded by her adoring husband, Frank of 68 years, her beloved children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Born in New York City on April 7, 1925, she was the daughter of the late William and Gertrude (Kelly) McCann. On January 29, 1949 in Flushing she married Frank P. Hughes, Jr.

Tall and slender with wavy silver hair since her twenties, Dolores was an uncommonly lovely woman by every measure, bright personality, possessed of a passionate and consuming love for her cherished husband Frank and 4 generational family. She leaves her husband, and 4 children; William F. Hughes and wife Beth Anne of Hopewell Junction, Mary Beth Weygant and husband David of Hopewell Junction, Michael J. Hughes of Hopewell Junction, and Daniel Hughes of Hopewell Junction, her 10 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.

It was always Christmas for Dolores, her spirit of giving and celebrating never diminished. She would begin her shopping in December for the following year, cards were addressed and sealed in August, 18 stockings would be filled. Cooking, baking, and freezing for her Christmas breakfast and dinner began after her Thanksgiving feast was cleared away. One could always identify the holiday by her dangling earrings of bells, shamrocks, pumpkins or rabbits and the appropriate color and design of the lounge robe from her collection. Every holiday, birthday and occasion was celebrated joyfully with extensive preparation, decoration and above all, love. Friendships with Dolores exceeded 70 years and more, and she made them her family as well.

Although Dolores lived most of her life in the country, she was always a city girl at heart. (You could tell by her accent.) Dolores and Frank had a second home in Saratoga Springs, which they loved spending time at. She also enjoyed taking spontaneous trips with Frank.

Dolores worked as a secretary for the NY State Insurance Department in New York City until she married and had a family, she resumed her career after her children were grown.

Funeral services will be private. Donations may be made in her memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a charity that she and Frank often gave to. Arrangements are under the direction of the McHoul Funeral Home. Please visit her Book of Memories at www.mchoulfuneralhome.com.