Sharon L. Hughes, 85, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  Sharon L. Hughes, 85, of Temple Street, Watertown, passed away at her home on June 23, 2021, under the care of her family.

Sharon was born on May 26, 1936, in Watertown, a daughter of Homer Charles and Myrtle Ruth (Narrow) Forbes. She attended Watertown Schools.

She married Eugene J. Hughes on March 18, 1967.

Sharon was employed with Marine Midland Bank, HSBC, and Community Savings Bank as a teller.

In the early 1980s Sharon became a realtor, working with Urban Reality for a short time and Coldwell Banker for most of her career. She retired in 2010.

Gene and Sharon enjoyed family vacations, especially in Florida. As a couple they would visit Myrtle Beach and spent several winters in Florida.

Sharon was an avid golfer, winning several Watertown Golf Club Championships and was a three-time Watertown City Golf Champion. She served on the Watertown Golf Club Board of Directors, was a member of the Women’s Association, and ran several golf tournaments and leagues.

Sharon enjoyed Bridge, golf, bowling and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Gene has been at Sharon’s side every moment of her illness and has given her love and compassionate care in their home, along with their daughters Brenda and Kim.

Surviving besides her husband, are her children, Linda Walker, Port St. Lucie, Florida, Diane Shore, Oklahoma City, OK, Robert Hughes and his wife. Mary, Watertown, NY, Kimberly Cahill and her husband Thomas, Watertown, NY, Andrew Hughes, Carlsbad, CA, Brenda Podvin and her husband Timothy, Watertown, NY; 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

A sister, Betty Burge, and a brother, Homer Forbes, died before her.

Due to Gene’s recent hip surgery, Sharon’s services will be delayed. Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 8, at the D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc. A funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday, July  9, at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery.

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In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or a charity of one’s choice.