Joanne Mary Cummings Hughes

Joanne Mary Cummings Hughes passed away in Dunedin, Fla. Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Joanne was born in Brooklyn May 4, 1945, to Cecelia and Thomas Cummings. She graduated from Shelter Island High School in 1963, and from Wyckoff Heights School of Nursing in Brooklyn.

She worked 33 years as a dedicated nurse at Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport, where she met her future husband, Gilbert Hughes. Joanne and Gil celebrated 52 years of marriage in April 2018.

In 1998, Joanne and Gil retired to Dunedin. The ultimate caregiver, Joanne worked part time, then volunteered at Palm Garden Nursing Home as long as her illness allowed.

She was known by her family and friends as a loving, caring person with a heart of gold, generous beyond words and knew no strangers. A true-blue New York Yankees fan, Joanne will always remain as a bright light in the hearts of her loving family and her many, many friends.

She is survived by her beloved husband Gilbert; her loving children, Colleen (Harry), Lori (Mike) and Tommy (Tianna); cherished grandchildren, Anthony Breese and Trent Hughes; caring sisters, Maureen Smith (Karl) and Peg Cummings (Moe); several nieces, nephews, cousins and much-loved family pets.

A graveside service will be held at Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Cemetery Saturday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Suncoast Hospice — for information, phone 727-467-7423 — and cancer research.

This is a paid notice.