Helen's Story

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Helen "Grandma Kay" Hughes, passed peacefully on July 15, 2017. She was born Sept. 9, 1942 in Plymouth to Andrew and Elma (Sperry) Banta.
Kay was married on Feb. 18, 1961 to her soulmate and number one fan, Howard "Art" Hughes. They were married 56 years and enjoyed 23 winters in her favorite place, North Naples, Florida.
She enjoyed spending time outdoors saltwater fishing with Art, weekly lunches with her lady friends and weekly family dinners. Hospitality was her specialty, and she always put her family first. Kay loved her grandchildren with more gusto than anyone.
She is resting peacefully with her parents and father-in-law, Carl Hughes.
Kay lives on through everyone she loved, starting with her husband, Art; daughters, Jeannie (Tim) Thaxton and Beth (Marc) Moeggenberg; grandchildren, Jillian and Ross Thaxton, Jordan, Brittany and Brianna Moeggenberg; great-grandchild, Cameron (Thaxton) Marcero; sister, Karen (Dave) Bartski; and her mother-in-law and dear friend, Meriam Hughes. Her nephew, Bruce Bartski, held a very special place in her heart.
A celebration of life will take place at a later date.
Memorials may be directed to the Cowel Family Cancer Center, c/o Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation, 1150 Medical Campus Dr., Traverse City, MI 49684; www.munsonhealthcare.org/foundations.
Please share your memories and condolences with Kay's family by visiting her online tribute page at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on July 23, 2017
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