In Memory

Janet May (Hughes)

Janet May Hughes

Janet Aileen May was born on Mar 19, 1943.  She married Ronald C Hughes on Jun 29, 1981.  Janet passed away peacefully at home July 5th, 2006 -- surrounded by family and friends, after a lengthy battle with cancer.  A third generation Marin County and lifelong San Rafael resident.  She attended St. Raphael's, Marin Catholic High School and the College of Marin, and subsequently studied at U.C.Berkeley and the Academy of Art in San Francisco.  A licensed insurance broker, Janet also worked for many years as a dental technical assistant.  Throughout her life, she enjoyed myriad artistic endeavors -- from painting and hands on creation to museum prowling -- and was a member of the Indian Valley Artists Association.  Janet had a marvelous imagination, which she expressed uniquely through her love of "themed" entertaining in her home.  Her sense of adventure spurred her to travel, and she was particularly fond of the American Southwest.  Beloved wife of Ronald C. Hughes for 25 years, Janet is also survived by two brothers, Lawrence May of Forestville, CA, and Milton May of Durango, CO; and two nieces and a nephew whom she adored, Michele May Dang of San Rafael, Julie Richardson and James Eric Richardson of Golden, Colorado.    Janet is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael, CA. Section F, Row 29, Grave 47           


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04/13/10 08:55 PM #1    

Carole Curtin (Lang)

Janet, you have been truly missed but certainly not forgotten. We had been friends since St. Raphael's Kindergarden (1949-50) Growing up together in fun times and bad I will cherish that wonderful smile and your generosity. You were taken from us much to soon. You are with the angels now.

09/21/11 06:17 PM #2    

Antone Sousa

Submitted by Patsie Ritchie Pearson

I had known Janet since grade school.  She had always been artistic and a great volley ball player at St. Raphael's.  She had a fun spirit and was always ready to try something new.  We shared many restaurant adventures together with girl friends and with our husbands.  She loved a tall bubbly glass of her favorite champagne, Veuve Clicquot.
She loved having theme parties.  A few years before she died she had a Russian Easter Celebration.  We went to several places in San Francisco until we found just the right place.  Even though the food was catered, she decorated the house with elaborate throw rugs, chandeliers that we bought in a Russian store in San Francisco; every place card had the name of the guest in Russian.
Janet was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1994 - she spent three years taking chemo and radiation treatmets and finally beat the disease.  Cancer returned with a vengence in about 2004 and attacked her everywhere.  The last few months of her life she suffered with brain cancer and ultimately passed away on July 5, 2006.  Even as her illness got worse she still loved company and watching movies on her giant TV and listening to music.  The last song she heard was one of her favorites, "Somewhere over the Rainbow" by IZ.   She passed away while I was holding her hand.  I dearly miss her!!

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