Ruth J. Hughes passed away on Monday, May 28, 2018, at Spring Hills-Somerset Assisted Living Community, in Somerset, New Jersey.
Ruth was born in Bayonne, New Jersey on October 1, 1935, and lived there until she was 13 years old, at which time Ruth moved with her family to New Brunswick, New Jersey. She attended New Brunswick High School and taught roller skating as a youth volunteer for the Neighborhood House in New Brunswick.
After High School, Ruth studied at the Nancy Taylor Business Institute. Upon graduation, she was employed by the Boy Scouts of America, first as a file clerk, then a key punch operator, and later was promoted to executive secretary. She worked at the Boy Scouts of America for 25 years, until the organization relocated its headquarters out of state.
Ruth later worked for Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a Johnson and Johnson subsidiary. She was an executive secretary to leadership in the sales division and a coordinator for the division’s field sales representatives. She retired after 19 years of service.
Ruth married Winston Hughes on August 25, 1963. They had two daughters, Diane and Donna, 15 months apart in age. They primarily resided and raised their family in South Brunswick, New Jersey. It was important to Ruth that her children be exposed to enriching opportunities. She encouraged them to play sports, study music, work diligently to earn what they received in life, and obtain degrees from institutions of higher education. Ruth and her husband Winston lived in their South Brunswick family home for 40 years, before moving to Spring Hills-Somerset Assisted Living Community in 2016.
Ruth was known for her love of board and card games. She was particularly skilled at poker, and for most of her adult life, played weekend poker with a select group of local players. She frequented Atlantic City with friends and family where she could be found playing slot machines and blackjack. Ruth also played in a pinochle club and in her later years, regularly enjoyed scrabble with family members. Ruth was also well-known for her quick and sassy wit, and “straight-no chaser”, “tell it like it is” personality.
Ruth was a member of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in New Brunswick. Ruth was predeceased by her father and mother, Jesse and Ada Hagins, her brothers, Raymond, Frank, Jesse, Richard and Eugene Hagins. Ruth is survived by her husband, Winston Hughes, their daughters, Diane Hughes of Lawrenceville, NJ, and Donna Hughes of Bedminster, New Jersey, her grandson, Winston Linwood Lewis Latta, goddaughter Bonnie Richardson Lake of Anguilla, BWI, and her brother Vance Hagins and sister Carolyn Brown, both of Georgia. She is further survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and devoted friends.