Betty Jane Hughes, 74, Rome, went home to her Lord Sunday, July 8, 2012, with her loving family at her bedside in Rome Memorial Hospital, after a long illness. Born November 8, 1937 in Rome, she was a daughter of Robert and Julia Butler Jahnke. Betty Jane graduated from R.F.A. with the class of 1956. She then received an Associates degree from M.V.C.C. On June 25, 1960 she was united in marriage to David L. Hughes at the First Baptist Church of Rome. David passed away February 24, 2011.
Betty Jane was employed for many years at the former Griffiss Air Force Base. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church where she was very active in the choir and served on many church boards and committees. Betty Jane was also a volunteer for several local charities.
She is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Dawn Hughes, Utica; Brenda and Andrew Pepe, Nanuet, NY; Michele and Stephen Abner, Wittman, AZ; a son and daughter-in-law William and Crystal Hughes, Rome; sister Roberta Anderson, Lee Center, and eight grandchildren, Tia, Kali, Dylan Hughes, Julia and Noah Pepe, McKensie, Ryleigh and Walker Abner and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son David, Jr.
Funeral services will be held Saturday July 14, at 10:30 AM in the First Baptist Church, 301 W. Embargo St. Interment in Rome Cemetery. Friends are invited to call Friday from 5 to 8 PM at Strong and Burns Funeral Home, 401 N. George Street. Memorial contributions are suggested to First Baptist Church Memorial Fund.