ASHLAND — Elaine A Hughes, 76, of Ashland, passed away on Monday, May 7, 2018, surrounded by family after a brief illness.

Elaine was born in Plymouth on April 21, 1942, the daughter of Alma Avery. She was raised and educated in Ashland, and was a graduate of Ashland High School.

Elaine was married to John C. Hughes on Aug. 12, 1967. Prior to John’s passing in November 2017, they had celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Elaine was employed by the Ashland Paper Mill, White Mountain Golf Course, New Hampton School, Sheppard Management and Coldwell Banker Old Mill Properties, and had three businesses of her own: Sugarbush Ceramics, which she ran from her home in the late ’70s-early ’80s, Village Crafts, from 1985 to 1991, and Elaine Hughes Realty Group, since 2005.

A lifelong resident of Ashland, Elaine served as the Ashland tax collector, a Girl Scout leader, an Ashland Angels leader, and as a member of the beautification committee, the housing standards board, and the Ashland Operation Santa Claus committee.

Elaine enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, time in her garden, and many different crafts, such as painting, knitting, ceramics, chair caning, lampshade making and rug braiding.

Elaine was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, John Hughes, and her mother, Alma Avery.

She is survived by six children: Kendall “K.B.” Hughes and wife Jennifer of Ashland, Sue Reckmeyer and husband Chris of New Port Richey, Florida, Marika “Rikki” Agnelli of Newmarket, Kathy Cookson and husband Timothy of Morrisville, Vermont, Deb Perdue and husband Jacob of Ashland, and Annie Cagle and husband Jeff of Port Allen, Louisiana; nine grandsons and five granddaughters; one sister, Beth Johnstone and husband Chris of Ashland; brother-in-law Nathan Hughes and wife Donna of Tamworth; two sisters-in-law, Antoinette Hughes of Ashland and Barbara Hughes of Louisville, Kentucky; and many nieces and nephews.

Per her wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral. A celebration of life will occur at a later time.

Donations may be made to Operation Santa Claus, P.O. Box 856, Ashland, NH 03217.

Dupuis Funeral Home in Ashland is handling the arrangements. For more information, go to

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