The Curry Coastal Pilot

Dorothy "Jane" Herman Hughes

May 13, 1924-April 26, 2014

Dorothy Jane Herman Hughes, 89, passed away peacefully on Saturday afternoon, April 26, 2014, in her home in Medford. Her husband, Loyal, was in constant attendance.

She was born May 13, 1924, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She also lived in Indiana and Texas while growing up.

She attended Sacred Heart High School in Marion, Indiana. She graduated from high school and continued her education as an avid reader. Likewise, she enjoyed instilling a love of reading in others.

She married Loyal A. Hughes Sept. 6, 1969, in Stateline, Nevada, on the shore of Lake Tahoe.

They resided in Pasadena, California, until 1980 when they moved to Brookings.

They moved to Medford in 2005.

Jane worked in several positions in different parts of the country. She worked at the Pentagon during World War II.

During her years as a homemaker in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, she taught catechism, was active in PTA and became a Girl Scout leader. She was always active in her church and served as a guild member. She always followed politics closely and assisted with elections at the voting site, believing that voting is a sacred privilege.

Later, she was advertising manager for the Moon Township Bulletin in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. After moving to California, she worked as a bank teller, then as a secretary at a large high school in Southern California. She also sold advertising for the Coastal Nickle in Brookings.

Jane loved trying new things and wound up with many hobbies ranging from furniture refinishing, sewing, ceramics, painting, and bargain hunting.

She became a grandparent in the next phase of her life. When her grandchildren visited for two weeks in the summer, she would coach them with multiplication and teach them the "times tables." She helped them with reading and writing letters to their parents. Still, there was time for picnicking, swimming, bicycling, and blackberry picking. As she aged, she always thanked her daughter for her grandchildren, saying that her grandchildren were the greatest gift she ever received.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to members of the Hospice Program at Providence Medford Medical Center. They increased her comfort and gave her quality of life during her final months.

Jane is survived by Loyal A. Hughes, her devoted husband of 44 years; and daughter - from a previous marriage - Judy W. Lighter and son-in-law Robert Lighter of Westminster, California. She is also survived by her sister Josie Herman Selig of Fort Myers, Florida.; brother Anthony Herman of Pierceton, Indiana; grandchildren Kevin Lighter and family of Garden Grove, California, and Laura Lighter and family of Westminster, California. Also surviving are three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She will be missed by all.

She was preceded in death by brothers Englebert Herman, George Herman; and her sister Mary Anne Herman Hines.

The recitation of the Holy Rosary will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 9, at Conger-Morris Chapel in Central Point.

The Funeral Mass will celebrate her life at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at Shepherd of the Valley Catholic Church. Father Mike Walker will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shepherd of the Valley Catholic Church, 600 Beebe Rd., Central Point, OR 97502; or Hospice Program of Providence Medford Medical Center at 1111 Crater Lake Ave, Medford, OR 97504

Arrangements are by Conger-Morris Funeral Directors, Medford.

Submitted by the family.