Elizabeth "Betty" Leah McHugh

May 15, 1923March 12, 2018

Betty McHugh Elizabeth Carey McHugh born May 15, 1923 passed away March 12, 2018. She was a lifelong resident of Chattanooga. Betty was in the first graduating class of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School and remained a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church throughout her life. She attended Notre Dame High School where she met and later married her high school "sweetheart" William Patrick McHugh who played football for Notre Dame High School, Georgia Tech and the Philadelphia Eagles. She was his Notre Dame cheerleader and remained his constant support during their 58 years of marriage. Throughout her life she enjoyed her bridge group, the beach and her pets. However, the greatest joy in her life was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was the glue that held the clan together! She was preceded in death by her husband William Patrick McHugh and her grandson Christopher Dale McHugh. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law William Patrick McHugh Jr. and Mary Arnold McHugh; her son and daughter-in-law Joseph Carey McHugh and Nancy Hubbuch McHugh; her daughter Elizabeth Kathleen McHugh; her daughter Susan Marie McHugh; her son and daughter-in-law Michael Gordon McHugh and Doris Roman McHugh; and her son and daughter-in-law Robert Thomas McHugh and Tracy Edmundson McHugh, ten grandchildren; William Patrick McHugh Ill and his spouse Kris McHugh; Ryan Hubbuch McHugh and his spouse Emily McHugh; Carey Troendle McHugh and her spouse Robert Johanson; Elizabeth Christine Traini and her spouse Nick Traini; Robert Patrick Barker and his spouse Sara Barker; Andrea McHugh Towery and her spouse Craig Towery; Matthew Roman McHugh, Brendan James McHugh, Emily Kathleen McHugh and Robert Samuel McHugh, nine great-grandchildren KayLynn Moody, Brantley McHugh, Madison McHugh, Patrick McHugh, Peyton McHugh, Brooks McHugh, Audrey Towery, Vera Towery and Brock Towery. A private family funeral service will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Burial will be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons and great grandsons. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga 4411 Oakwood Drive Chattanooga, TN 37416. Please share your memories of Betty at Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, East Chapel, 404 S. Moore Rd., East Ridge, TN 37404.


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Elizabeth "Betty" Leah McHugh

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Lee Dyer

March 22, 2018

When I see her picture, it brings back so many memories of her and Pat. I think of the good times at the Brainerd Hills Club swimming practices and city meets when we were kids. The many times she would always give me or others a hug or an encouraging word, the times we spent together at our local high school officiating banquets when Pat was my supervisor and mentor, encouraging me as I was trying to move up in the college ranks, continuing to dish out her wonderful smile and hugs. Obviously, she was a very strong, gracious and proud Southern Lady, the Matriarch of the McHugh family! I can't thank the family enough, Mike, Bob, Susan, Kathy and others how much I appreciated her and everything she and Pat have done for me. Thank you for sharing her and Pat with all of us. They both have meant so much to me and others over the years. She will be missed! Your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless!

Bev Eitner

March 14, 2018

I knew Mrs. McHugh through Kathy, who said to call her “Mom”, and I did. She had the gift of making me feel welcome, happy, and valued all at once. She was a true Southern lady: gracious and strong, loving, supportive, funny, and always positive. My heart goes out to her family in this hard time. May the circle be unbroken.

Sally Moses

March 13, 2018

Mrs. McHugh was a sweet & constant general, strong, commanding & sharing her wealth of joy to all who were lucky enough to meet her.

Holly Deeds

March 13, 2018

Mrs. McHugh was the sweetest, kindest, loveliest lady; I feel so blessed to have known her for the last couple of decades of her amazing life. She made everyone she spoke to feel special, and we will all miss her so much.

Jeannie / Roy Potter

March 13, 2018

She was a great saleswomen, she convinced us to buy her house. She left us a rose garden fit for a queen, we slowly took care of that garden.... Aphids, disease... We tried ... To no avail. Every year Roy would bring her the first rose of the year . She was a gem, a rose like no other.! You will be missed! So thankful to have called you friend!