Nancy Hughes Remembered For Grace, Strength

first_imgBill and Nancy Hughes, of Ocean City, spent a lifetime together working for the community. Nancy passed away Thursday. By Maddy VitaleIn over 61 years of marriage, it was hard for Bill Hughes to recall a favorite moment with his wife Nancy and their four children.There were so many.In the course of a lifetime, the Hughes family has remained extremely close and grounded, the family said. And all the while, Nancy was the loving wife, political confidant and campaign manager as well as her favorite role – mother and homemaker.“She was my beautiful bride, my love, my partner and closest advisor throughout my career,” Hughes, 85, a former ambassador and congressman, said in an interview Saturday.“We traveled extensively during my years in Congress,” he continued. “Particularly, we traveled around the world to areas like South America, Columbia and Peru when it was safe for her to go. She often sat in on meetings with me. She was my primary advisor – always.”Nancy died at home in hospice care Thursday night at 82, after an eight-year battle with a neurological disease, like ALS. She remained strong and loving to the end, Hughes said. Their four children, Bill Jr., Lynne, Barbara and Tama Hughes, were there for their parents and supportive throughout the difficult disease. The funeral date has not been set yet, but family said it will be late next week, with services at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Ocean City.Long before Hughes became a lawyer or entered politics, Nancy was by his side. While their marriage spanned decades, their courtship was relatively short – just nine months.They met when they were students at Rutgers University in Camden. Hughes was in his first year of law school there, and he would see her pass by his classroom several times a week.“The professor even got involved,” Hughes remarked. “He would say, ‘There she goes.’ That was before hazing, but I guess I was sort of hazed.”One of Hughes’ friends knew Nancy and introduced them. They married and moved to Ocean City, where Hughes got a court clerkship. “We fell in love with Ocean City and never left,” he said. “She loved Ocean City and wanted to raise our children here.”The couple put down roots and became active in the community and became a member of the Episcopal Church in Ocean City.When Hughes became a Congressman, and had to travel to Washington D.C., Nancy took care of the household, took the children to school and after-school activities, and managed their warehouse business.“I commuted every morning when I was a congressman. Nancy took care of everything. We talked every day,” Hughes said.Throughout Hughes’ 50 years in office, Nancy would not only help with his campaigns and speak at functions in his absence, but in the early days of his political career, she would write the press releases.“Throughout life she was vivacious, full of life, full of fun, strong willed and probably one of the strongest women I have ever known. Most importantly, she was the love of my life,” Hughes said.Despite busy schedules, Bill and Nancy Hughes remained committed to bringing up their children with one basic principle: Family comes first.Some of their most enjoyable times were the travel excursions by RV, camping trips to New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, the Outer Banks in North Carolina, Virginia – even a trip to Disneyworld. The couple also enjoyed many years vacationing at their home in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.“We were always reminiscing about the happy days camping with the children,” Hughes said. “We loved those years. We also loved our time in St. Thomas and the children did too.”Bill Hughes Jr. recalled the fond memories of camping with his parents. He described them as “always a team.”“We had such wonderful memories in that RV. We camped in it. We went on adventures in it. We campaigned in it,” Hughes Jr. said.He spoke of his mother’s versatility and her strength.“My mom was an incredible woman, who seemed to be able to do it all. She cooked, she sewed, she made our Halloween costumes, and turned around and worked with an army of volunteers in my dad’s campaigns,” Hughes Jr. said.“Then she would travel with my dad and the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration). They met with Fidel Castro in Cuba, went to Africa, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel. They would come back, and mom would yell at us kids to clean up our rooms,” he added. “Then she would turn around and go to a White House dinner. Their life was one adventure after another.”Lynne Hughes recalled some definite rules at the dining room table.“My mother insisted that when we were at the dining room table, we would get just five minutes to talk about the law and politics – combined. Sometimes we would have breakfast on the Boardwalk and the same rule applied. We would just throw in the towel,” she joked. “My parents instilled the type of family values that they wanted us to have. Family was important to them.”Nancy would whip up dinner five days a week and then head to work on her husband’s campaign headquarters until 9 p.m. and shuttle the children to school and activities the next day.“My mom has been such a big part of our lives. She will continue to be. There is not one memory that I can point out because we have too many happy memories,” Lynne said. “My mom was a class act. She was just full of grace. She was very strong and politically astute, but she was quiet about it.”Throughout it all, the couple maintained their loving bond.“My parents had a true love story,” Lynne said. “Both of them were very grounded. Family always came first.”The Hughes family has 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, ages 32 to 2. Barbara Hughes Sullivan said she is so grateful that her mother got to hold every baby.“I think most people would agree mom was vivacious and loving. She was unbelievable,” Barbara said.Nancy and Bill Hughes were a team in both political and family endeavors. (Courtesy the Hughes family)Tama Hughes said her mom was full of dignity and grace and courageous.“The last couple of years don’t define who she was in a lifetime. Because of who she was, she was so brave in the last couple of years,” Tama said. “She and my dad knew where they came from and where they were. They never forgot their roots. I think they tried to make every place a better place.”Family always came first, but Bill and Nancy Hughes also forged many friendships throughout the years.Perhaps their closest friends were Ed and Marilyn Salmon. They met in 1972 when Ed Salmon was a commissioner in Millville.“Ambassador Hughes was the model for anybody wanting to serve in public office, and Nancy was his partner in it all,” said Ed Salmon, chairman of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University.“Bill and Nancy Hughes’ lives together have made an impact on Ocean City, South Jersey, New Jersey, America, and internationally,” Salmon said. “In life, you meet some very special people. We would put Bill and Nancy as two of the most special people. They always wanted to help others and serve others. That has been their life – a life of service and a love for the region.”But what Salmon remembered most about Nancy was her parenting skills.“What delighted me was the joy she took with her children. When you saw her with them, they just blended so joyfully,” he said. “Nancy was such a gracious person and had such a special way about her.”Marilyn Salmon called Nancy a spontaneous person who didn’t want the spotlight, but who worked hard for her husband and family.“She wasn’t shy. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was so loving,” Marilyn Salmon said.In the last years of Nancy’s life, Marilyn would visit with her friend weekly and read with her. “We had a wonderful friendship and special times together,” she said.The Salmons also remarked that you couldn’t mutter the name Bill Hughes without thinking of Nancy.“They were a team,” Ed Salmon said.The impact of Nancy and Bill Hughes on the region with their philanthropy and giving spirit is very much both of their legacies, Salmon also noted.Sharon Schulman, retired executive director of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy, said Nancy was much more than a colleague; she was a friend and mentor.“My memories of Nancy Hughes go back to the ’70s. In those days, Nancy helped coordinate everything. Long before it became popular to do everything, Nancy Hughes did everything. She was the mother, the wife, the campaign organizer and she did it all with such grace,” Schulman said. “For me, she was one of those special people. She cared about people. She wasn’t the one making the public speeches, but she would have conversations with people. She always knew how to look for ways to make things better.”Schulman said Nancy would attend all of the events at the Hughes Center. Later, when she became too ill to attend a function at the Hughes Center in her husband’s honor, Schulman said everyone felt her strength and support in the room, because she was such a big part of the center.“Those of us who knew Nancy felt she was there with us,” Schulman said.Ocean City Schools Superintendent Kathleen Taylor explained how much Nancy meant to the school district and the community. The performing arts center is named in honor of the Hughes family.“Ambassador and Mrs. Hughes had the foresight in 2004 to ensure that the PAC was not just a place, but an event – a happening. With its warmth, beauty, intimacy, and friendliness, the PAC makes sure that memories are happening, for now and for future generations,” Taylor said. “That is an incredible legacy that Mrs. Hughes has given to our school district and to us all. We are eternally grateful.”This photo of Bill and Nancy Hughes is from the Hughes Collection at Stockton University. (Courtesy Stockton University)last_img read more


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The Latest: USTA cancels junior events through Oct. 12

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___ Due to the situation surrounding COVID-19, the United States Tennis Association has canceled all national junior events through Oct. 12. There is no decision yet on how to allocate the CONCACAF Champions League slot that typically goes to the tournament champion.___Kansas State will allow 25% capacity at its football stadium for games this season after getting approval Monday from the county commission. That means a maximum crowd of just under 15,000 fans.The Big 12 Conference is allowing schools to set their own attendance policies based on local jurisdictions.The Riley County Commission reviewed the rest of Kansas State’s return-to-play protocols, too. Fans will be required to wear face coverings where 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. Tailgating will not be permitted in parking lots controlled by the school. There will be no reentry. There also will be hand sanitizing stations and other protective measures. August 17, 2020 Furman of the Division I Southern Conference is postponing all fall nonconference sports due to the coronavirus pandemic.Athletic director Jason Donnelly said Monday the decision came after last week’s announcement that the league was pushing all its fall conference athletic competition and championships to the spring. Furman plays football in the Championship Subdivision.Donnelly says the school in Greenville, South Carolina, made the decision to protect the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches and staff, and fans.___There will be no fans at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium for NFL and MLS games played in September. The Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United say the coronavirus pandemic forced the decision. The USTA also has canceled all adult Category 1 events, comprising the Adult, Open, Family, and Age divisions, through the end of the year.The decision to cancel was made to ensure the health and safety of all those involved since interstate travel required for the tournaments carries an increased risk of contracting the disease. The USTA said different regulations, restrictions and quarantine periods at the sites of the events and in the home states of the players were considered. ___Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn says his players have had 33 positive tests for COVID-19 this summer. The teams say they will continue to collaborate with local and national health officials before deciding on the possibility for fans in games after September.The Falcons will play at least two home games without fans — against Seattle on Sept. 13 and against Chicago on Sept. 27.“The health and safety of our fans is our top priority,” said Steve Cannon, CEO of the Falcons and Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank’s sports and entertainment group. Cannon said the decision was made “after thoughtful consideration and collaboration.”Atlanta United previously announced there would be no fans for three games: Aug. 22 against Nashville SC, Aug. 29 against Orlando City SC and Sept. 2 against Inter Miami CF.___ One plus for fans: With the elimination of tailgating and reentry, the school will allow beer and wine to be purchased in general seating sections for the first time. Alcohol sales had been limited to luxury suites.___The CFL has canceled its 2020 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It marks the first year the Grey Cup won’t be presented since 1919.The nine-team league announced the move Monday, dashing hopes of a shortened season in the hub city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The decision comes after the CFL couldn’t solve a number of issues in an effort to try to salvage a season.“Our league governors decided today it is in the best long-term interests of the CFL to concentrate on the future,” Commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in a statement. Associated Press “We are absolutely committed to 2021, to the future of our league and the pursuit of our vision of a bigger, stronger, more global CFL.”Unlike other major leagues in North America, the CFL does not have the luxury of a billion-dollar television contract. While its deal with TSN has become more lucrative over the years, the CFL remains a gate-driven league — a major problem when fans aren’t allowed in the stands.___Mississippi starting center Eli Johnson says he won’t play football this season.Johnson announced on Twitter that he’ll sit out the season and focus on completing his master’s degree in criminal justice in December. Soccer’s U.S. Open Cup has been canceled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The 2020 tournament was suspended in early March shortly before it was supposed to kick off. The final was to be held on either Sept. 22 or 23.Officially called the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, it is the longest-running soccer tournament in the United States and gives amateur teams a chance to take on the pros, setting up the chance for an intriguing Cinderella team to advance far into the tournament. The winner earns a spot in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football’s Champions League.The U.S. Soccer Federation announced Monday that the Open Cup couldn’t be staged this year because the pandemic affected teams’ ability to travel, limited or eliminated fans at games, and necessitated strict testing protocols.The teams that were invited to participate this year will be invited next year instead. The Latest: USTA cancels junior events through Oct. 12 The Southeastern Conference allows players to opt out of the season because of COVID-19 and remain on scholarship.Johnson started all 12 games last season, allowing only one sack. His father, David, was hospitalized this summer because of the virus.“I will be forever grateful for my time here at Ole Miss,” Johnson wrote Sunday night on Twitter. “God bless and Hotty Toddy.”___More AP sports: and Malzahn says one staff member also tested positive earlier this summer. The Tigers and other Southeastern Conference teams opened preseason camp Monday ahead of a season scheduled to start on Sept. 26.Malzahn says Auburn had no positive tests last week, but four players are still going through the testing protocols. He expects results back by the end of the week.He says the school has administered 863 tests among players, an average of more than seven times each. Staffers have had five tests each.Linebacker Chandler Wooten and backup defensive back Traivon Leonard have opted out playing this season.___last_img read more