Frances Hughes

April 13, 1921July 21, 2011

Frances Talley Hughes, 90, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, died Thursday, July 21, following a long illness. She was one of seven daughters of the late Etta and Frank Talley of Randleman, NC. She was born in Randleman, NC, on April 13, 1921. Educated in the Randleman school system, she went on to graduate from UNC at Greensboro in 1943. She married George Daniel Hughes, Sr. in June of 1945. Mrs. Hughes taught elementary school for many years. She and her husband with her son George Jr., and daughter Lynne Ellen also lived in San Juan (Puerto Rico), Bogota (Colombia), Newington (Connecticut), Buffalo (New York), and Greensboro (North Carolina) before settling down in the Fredericksburg area in 1972. While living in Fredericksburg, she worked with the Fredericksburg 4-H Extension Service. One of her favorite past times was playing bridge and she attained the rank of Grand Master in the 1980s. She was a member of the Retired Officers Club and an active Volunteer of the Mary Washington Hospital Women’s Auxiliary. Surviving are her son, George Daniel Hughes, Jr. and daughter-in-law Margene of King George, her daughter, Lynne Ellen Buker and son-in-law Rick of King William, Va., three sisters: Dot Williams of Winston-Salem, NC, Ruth Sherman of Wilson, NC, and Mary Upton of Clinton, NC; four grandchildren: Daniel Hughes (and his wife Elizabeth) of Williamsburg, VA, Kyla Johnson Sine (and her husband Eric) of Winchester, VA, Timothy Jack Hughes, and Christopher Hughes, both of King George. She is survived by one great grandson, Brock Sine (age 3) of Winchester, Va. Family and friends visitation will be at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel on Friday, July 29, at 7pm and Saturday, July 30, at 10:00am. There will be a memorial service at 11am led by Pastor Guy Mattox, Pastor Scott Roberts, and Pastor Lytle Buckingham. Interment will occur at Quantico National Cemetery, VA, at a later date. The family requests any gifts and donations be given to the Fredericksburg Christian School Capital Fund (9400 Thornton Rolling Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22408) and the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Friday, July 29, 2011
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 30, 2011

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Phil and Kathy Lehman

July 30, 2011

Sorry about the first attempt to enter a condolence. I could not get the computer to accept more than one line. As I was saying, Kathy and I did not know Mrs. Hughes personally but as friends and neighbors of George and Margene we wish to extend our sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hughes family during this time of remembrance of a full life well-lived. What a wonderful time to celebrate God's marvelous promise to his faithful servants. Rev. 22: 4-7.

Phil and Kathy Lehman

July 29, 2011

While we did not know Mrs. Hughes personally

Diane E Stamm

July 27, 2011

With sincere condolences to Ellen, Danny and the Hughes family. I have so many fond memories of Fran and your whole family from Eddy Lane, and later when we visited in Buffalo NY, and Fredericksburg, VA. A few years ago my parents and I met up with Fran on one of her NYC trips. Fran was a special person and loved by many. Of course she started the Eddy Lane Bridge group and the Moms are still playing bridge! With Love and Sympathy

Ken and Suzan Ross

July 27, 2011

Our condolences to Fran's family, she was a delightful woman and will be greatly missed. We played bridge with Fran for many years and always enjoyed the experience. I remember Fran and three of us went to a tournament in Danville, Virginia. We played three solid days of bridge and never came close to any success at the bridge table. We still counted it as a very enjoyable trip, in large part thanks to Fran. Other bridge players will appreciate how hard that is to pull off.

July 26, 2011

Special love to Dan, Margene, Ellen, and Rick. Frances was so dear and full of life with a wonderful sense of humor. She will be missed by many, but as Sybil and David so aptly noted, will be joyfully welcomed at the heavenly bridge table.
We look forward to seeing you on Friday evening.
Laura Frank and Latane Sale
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Sybil & David Lauderdale

July 24, 2011

Love you! Prayers for your family. I know there are quite a few angels waiting for you to be their 4th at the bridge table!