Nancy Jane Hughes, a beloved member of the community and a dedicated psychiatric nurse, passed away unexpectedly on November 21, 2023, in Lee's Summit, Missouri. She was born on November 1, 1939, in Jefferson City, Missouri. Nancy was known for her compassionate nature and commitment to caring for others throughout her career.
After earning her license as a practical nurse, Nancy dedicated herself to the field of psychiatry. She worked tirelessly until her retirement, providing comfort and support to countless patients. Her warm smile and kind-hearted nature brought solace to those in need during difficult times.
Nancy's nurturing spirit extended beyond her professional life. She found great joy in gathering her loved ones together and hosting family gatherings. Her home was always filled with laughter and love as she created unforgettable memories with her family and friends.
In her leisure time, Nancy indulged in various hobbies that brought her immense happiness. She had a passion for crocheting blankets and took great pleasure in passing down this skill to her grandson. True crime shows and basketball games captivated her attention, while books held a special place in her heart. As her eyesight deteriorated over the years, she transitioned to audiobooks to continue enjoying the wonder of storytelling. Nancy also found peace in praying the rosary daily and frequently participated in church activities, such as working in the nursery at St. Mark Catholic Church until it temporarily closed due to Covid restrictions. Additionally, she selflessly assisted in cooking meals for the funeral suppers at St. Mark Catholic Church, demonstrating her unwavering commitment to serving others.
Nancy Jane Hughes will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Nancy is mourned by her children Anne Roberts, Joan Blair, and Jane (Joseph) Zapien. Her memory will be cherished by her grandchildren, Shannon (Chris) Masterson, Amanda (Bishop) Roberts, Allison Roberts, Christopher (Keauna) Blair, Mathew Blair, Nate (Dani) Blair, Jeremiah (Lacie) Zapien, Jonathon (Kelly) Zapien, Daniel (Samantha) Zapien, Robert (Lisa) Zapien, Sammi Jo (Josh) Bailey, Keelan (Payton) Campbell, Bella Hughes Bailey, Suzanne (Kerry) Gardner, Christina (Derick) Whaley, Jamie Cline, David Rick, Lacy Rick, Kolbe (Naudika) Hughes, Lucy Hughes, Brigid (Jose) Hughes, Liam Hughes, and Jessica (Bobby) Renz. She is also survived by her brother Jeryl (Judy) Stewart and sister-in-law Mary Ann Krause as well as sister-in-law Rosemary Hughes. Nancy's gentle spirit continues to live on in the hearts of numerous nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren who were blessed to have had a place in her life.
She is preceded in passing by her beloved husband, John Joseph Hughes, parents, Chester and Maxine Stewart, sons, John Joseph Hughes II and Joseph Michael Hughes, daughter, Mary Beth Rick, grandchildren, Jennifer Stephens, Jacob Blair, and great grandchildren Jared Gardner and Thomas Hampton.
Services to honor the life of Nancy Jane Hughes will be held on November 28th at St. Mark Catholic Church in Independence. A Rosary will take place at 9:45 am in the morning followed by a visitation from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. A Memorial Mass will then be celebrated at 11:00 am with an inurnment to follow at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery.
As we say goodbye to Nancy Jane Hughes on this somber occasion of her passing, let us remember the beautiful moments she shared with us throughout her lifetime. Her unwavering compassion and selflessness touched the lives of many, and her legacy of love will continue to inspire us all. May she rest in eternal peace.