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Elaine and Sean Hughes

D. Elaine and Sean Hughes

D. Elaine Hughes, along with her son, Sean Michael, tragically succumbed to smoke inhalation when they were unable to escape from their burning home in the early morning on March 13, 2015.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary for family and close friends of the family. The service will be officiated by family friend Pastor Jeff Alaways of Simple Truth Church.

An all-community celebration of life potluck will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, at Nevada City Elk’s Lodge.

Elaine was born in Van Nuys, Calif., on Jan. 15, 1954 to Milo and Mary Franklin. The family moved to Nevada County where they’ve resided for more than 50 years.

She was a gifted pianist and beautifully played classical pieces. She loved camping, gardening, and tending to her goats, chickens, dogs and cats.

Elaine married Michael D. Hughes in 1976.

Most of all, Elaine was an extremely devoted mother to her son, Sean.

Sean was born March 23, 1982. He was three months premature and weighed just 2 pounds, 6 ounces. He was physically disabled and was confined to a wheelchair his entire life.

Sean had a brilliant mind and completed high school in only three years. At a very young age, he had memorized many of the Bible passages that his mother read to him.

He loved his Lord Jesus and was a gifted evangelist.

Sean also loved other languages and could speak several languages fluently, including Spanish, German, and Farsi, to name a few. To the delight of his different doctors, he spoke to them in their native tongue.

He also loved his mother’s cooking; she was an amazing cook, and she would prepare meals from different world cultures.

Elaine and Sean are survived by Elaine’s parents, Milo and Mary Franklin; Elaine’s siblings, Doug and Lana; and Elaine’s husband (Sean’s father), Michael Hughes.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, 530-265-2429.


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