READY TO HANG – Instructor Franco Zacha, a Brooklyn based artist/illustrator, looks over the work of Sitka Fine Arts Camp students putting the final touches on their gauche paintings this morning. Students will show their work at an opening in Yaw Art Center on the SJ campus Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Students pictured in foreground are Kai Thomas, 17, from Anchorage and Audrey Mack, 17, of Seattle, far right. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson) 

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Shirley Hughes, Lifelong SE Alaskan, Dies in Sitka

Shirley Marie Hughes

Shirley Marie Hughes, 82, went to be with her savior, Christ Jesus, on July 21, 2021. She died peacefully at her home in Sitka with family beside her.

She was born Nov. 20, 1938, in Juneau to Orrin and Myrtle (Feero) Edwards. She spent the majority of her childhood in Skagway, and graduated from Skagway Public School in 1956. Shortly after graduation she married Kenneth Justin. His work for C&R Builders took them to Juneau where their daughter Sharon was born.

In 1957 they came to Sitka for Ken’s work on the construction of the Alaska Lumber and Pulp mill. During the next six years three more children were born to them: Randall, Kenneth Jr. and Sheila.

Her marriage to Ken ended in 1973, and in 1974 she and the kids moved to Juneau, where she started working at a friend’s bakery. That move led her to marry the love of her life Samuel Hughes in 1977. Together they owned and operated Sam’s Bakery until they retired and moved to Lexington, Tennessee, to raise cows.

After Sam’s passing in 2017 Shirley moved back to Sitka to be close to family. She enjoyed Bible study, jigsaw puzzles, knitting, crocheting, playing games and, in Tennessee, feeding her beloved cows peppermint candies. Her cows came running when they heard the sound of a peppermint candy being unwrapped.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Hughes; brother David Edwards; sons Randall Justin and Kenneth Justin Jr., and daughter Sheila Chatriand.

She is survived by brothers John Edwards of Skagway and Alan Edwards (Lisa) of Altavista,Virginia; daughter Sharon Byrd (Don) of Sitka; and granddaughters Miranda Littlefield (Victor) and Melinda Cagle (Jamey) of Sitka, Amanda Ebert (Jason) of Bozeman, Montana,  Kari Neiman (Bob) of Plains, Montana,  Samantha Strecker (Jordan) of Big Horn, Montana, and Bobbi Neumann (Tanner) of Whitehall, Montana.

 Great-grandchildren include Alex Cagle, Ellie Cagle, Chloe Cagle, Hunter Littlefield, Lilly Ebert, Katie Ebert, Allie Ebert, Finn Neiman, Dillon Neiman, Westyn Strecker, Tenley Strecker and Grayson Neumann; and the great-great-grandchild is Layla Robinson.

Her family was blessed to have her back in Sitka to enjoy having five generations of family all together for the last days of her life.

Due to COVID the family will hold a private service at a later date.

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20 YEARS AGO

July 2004 

Homes for sale: Stunning view, 4 bdrms., 3 baths, master suite,hardwood-laminate floors, new appliances $369,000; Three-level family home, apt. 3 bdrms., 2 kitchens, 13/4 baths, $232,000.


50 YEARS AGO

July 1974

    Lee Salisbury, speech and theater arts professor at the University of Alaska, will be drama instructor for grades 7-12 at the Regional Fine Arts Camp. The camp is sponsored by the Southeast Alaska Regional Arts Council and is held on the Sheldon Jackson College campus. Jim Hope is camp director.


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