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Woody Funeral Home-Parham

1771 North Parham Road, Richmond, VA

OBITUARY

Maria Theresa McHugh

August 21, 1937June 28, 2020

McHugh, Maria Theresa Stankus, 82, died peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by loving family, on June 28. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph William Stankus and Virginia Inez Powell Stankus; her twin sister, Anne Catherine Patterson; and her sisters, Joan Gentry and Rita Mulcahy. She is survived by her four children, Kathleen Marie, Richard Thomas, Patricia Ann, and Joanne Theresa; grandchildren, Arowyn and Selah McHugh; sisters, Mary Virginia (Ginger) McIntyre and Dolores (Lolo) Ford; brother, Joseph William Stankus, Jr.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

After graduating from St. Vincent De Paul Hospital School of Nursing in Norfolk, Maria enjoyed a 50-year career as a registered nurse, notably as an ICU/CCU head nurse at various Richmond hospitals, including the original Richmond Memorial, Retreat, Henrico Doctors’ and St. Mary’s. Her mixture of professionalism and compassion made an impression on generations of patients and patient families. Her own friends and family report countless times of being out in public with Maria when a former patient or family member would approach her and express their deepest appreciation for the care she had provided to their loved one, often years or decades earlier.

Born in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Maria had a lifelong love of water and enjoyed living in water-based locales like St. Thomas, New Orleans and Norfolk and loved planning trips to Nags Head, San Diego, Nova Scotia, and the Chesapeake Bay; preferring any location where she could get a good supply of blue crabs. Maria was known for her love of summer, 4th of July family reunions, Christmas decorations, baseball, Johnny Mathis and her famous gazpacho recipe.

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Roberta Roper

July 7, 2020

I send my heartfelt condolences to all Maria's family. I was deeply saddened to learn of her death, and yet a flood of cherished memories washed over me! Maria (and our families) were childhood friends beginning at our school days at St. Mary's Academy in Norfolk, VA. It was such a time of innocence and joy! Our friendship grew as we continued our education at Norfolk Catholic High School and beyond, through nursing school (for Maria and college for me) and then when each of us married and became mothers. We maintained our friendship over these many years and had such fun at our high school reunions. I send my love and prayers to the family. Maria, we will renew our friendship in heaven!

Roberta Roper

Roberta Roper

July 7, 2020

I send my heartfelt condolences to all Maria's family. I was deeply saddened to learn of her death, and yet a flood of cherished memories washed over me! Maria (and our families) were childhood friends beginning at our school days at St. Mary's Academy in Norfolk, VA. It was such a time of innocence and joy! Our friendship grew as we continued our education at Norfolk Catholic High School and beyond, through nursing school (for Maria and college for me) and then when each of us married and became mothers. We maintained our friendship over these many years and had such fun at our high school reunions. I send my love and prayers to the family. Maria, we will renew our friendship in heaven!

Roberta Roper

Roberta Roper

July 7, 2020

I send my heartfelt condolences to all Maria's family. I was deeply saddened to learn of her death, and yet a flood of cherished memories washed over me! Maria (and our families) were childhood friends beginning at our school days at St. Mary's Academy in Norfolk, VA. It was such a time of innocence and joy! Our friendship grew as we continued our education at Norfolk Catholic High School and beyond, through nursing school (for Maria and college for me) and then when each of us married and became mothers. We maintained our friendship over these many years and had such fun at our high school reunions. I send my love and prayers to the family. Maria, we will renew our friendship in heaven!

Roberta Roper

Kathleen McHugh

July 5, 2020

Mom had a long career as a registered nurse -- a profession she was proud of and which she honored with her dedicated service for over 40 years. She can rest in peace knowing that her love and care touched the lives of thousands of patients and their families.

Pat McHugh

July 4, 2020

Happy Granddad's Birthday!
Bet your fireworks celebration is the best.
Gave the 2 quarters (was promised..).
Thanks for those 5 weeks.
Brendan Ryan
Sean Colin
Pat