Janet Gail Hughes, 88, formerly of Heppner, died Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at her home in Walla Walla. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13, 2023, at the Heppner Masonic Cemetery in Heppner, Oregon. A reception will follow at the Gilliam and Bisbee Building in Heppner.
She was born December 14, 1934, at San Luis Obispo, California, the daughter of Edwin H. Coe and Bernice W. (Arnold) Coe.
Gail was raised and attended school at Milton-Freewater, Oregon where she was valedictorian for the graduating class of 1953 at McLoughlin Union High School. Later in life Gail went back to school at Blue Mountain Community College receiving an Associate of Arts Degree in 1992. On June 7, 1953 she married Allen Hughes, at St. James Episcopal Church in Milton-Freewater. The couple raised three daughters in the Heppner area, Patricia, Carolyn and Jennifer. After her husband’s death Gail moved to Heppner until moving to Walla Walla, in 2018.
Gail was employed at First National Bank which became First Interstate Bank and later became Wells Fargo Bank where she was a personal banker until her retirement.
She was a member of the All-Saints Episcopal Church where was the organist for many years. Gail had a beautiful flower garden which was one of the many hobbies she enjoyed along with sewing, bridge, and playing the organ. She also was on the Willow Creek Assisted Living Facility planning committee.
Survivors include daughters; Patricia Hughes, Carolyn Knox (Loren), and Jennifer Jaca (David), 4 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and a brother Edwin Arnold Coe.
Gail was predeceased by her parents, her husband Allen Hughes and a sister Lorna Roebke.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cove Ascension School Camp and Conference Center, 1104 Church St., Cove, OR 97824 or to Frazier Farmstead Museum, 1403 Chestnut St, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862 or the charity of your choice.
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