01 Apr 2016
(Press Release) — Lota Jumaday Hughes, 63, of Herndon, Va. passed into God’s graces Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016 surrounded by her family. Mrs. Hughes is the wife of former Saipan resident and Marianas Variety editor David T. Hughes.
She and David met and married on the island of Saipan in 1988 when he was editor. Mrs. Hughes is a native of the Republic of the Philippines and was employed as an accountant at Mikes Jewelry when they met.
She and David moved back to the United States in the late 1980s where she assisted him in opening their own newspaper in North Port, Florida. Later, they moved to the Herndon, Va. area in 1989 where she was an accountant for a large computer consulting firm for more than 20 years.
Mrs. Hughes, a devout Catholic, enjoyed spending time with friends, co-workers and extended family, but devoted her life to her son, husband and new grandson. She loved to travel, especially to New England and the Boston area because of family there with whom she was very close.
She also enjoyed cooking from her Filipina heritage and dishes as her lumpia received rave reviews. Lota wanted to open a Filipino restaurant after retiring, but because of her illness never realized that dream.
Prior to her passing, many of her family from the Northeast and Canada came to visit with her at home.
Lota’s eight-month old grandson, Keegan was the light of her life and even until just before she passed, always brought a smile to her face.
Lota was born June 20, 1952 to Gregorio and Maria Jumaday in Manila, Philippines and survived by her husband of almost 28 years, David Terry Hughes; a son, David Byron Hughes, 26; grandson, Keegan Tobey Hughes, eight months and Liz Lehoux, Keegan’s mother and also like daughter to her.
She is also survived by her mother, Maria Jumaday now residing in the Philippines; sisters Amelia Mendoza of Canton, Mass. And Monica Cristobal, Adelia Manalac, Mary Lou Reveche’ — all of the Philippines.
Lota is also survived by scores of nieces and nephews who she loved dearly in the Philippines and the United States.
As per her wishes, Lota will be cremated and her ashes will be laid to rest in a family plot alongside her beloved father — and later her mother in the Republic of the Philippines.
She asked in lieu of flowers, cards, etc. please make donations to your local church or Hospice in her name.