Beverly S. Holmes Hughes, 56, died on Nov. 19, 2016 at her North Aurora home. Born on April 2, 1960 in Oak Park, she graduated from Lincoln Elementary School and was a member of the Class of 1978 at Oak Park and River Forest High School. She went on to Albion College where she was a member of Delta Gamma and then received her Master of Library Science Degree from Rosary College (now Dominican University). 

She was a librarian at the Oak Park Public Library and the Sugar Grove Library for over 20 years, and then at DeVry University. She helped form the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce, and it awarded her their “Lifetime Chamber Membership Award” in 2013. In 2010, she was named Sugar Grove’s “Citizen of the Year.” Beverly loved to volunteer at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil, the Kaneland Junior Achievement organization, and for many more local events. 

She and her sister were foster parents to over 50 children. One of her favorite pastimes was visiting the Morton Arboretum, and, until she was no longer able to drive, she enjoyed singing along to music in the car. 

Beverly Hughes is survived by Charles “Chuck” Hughes, her husband of 15 years; her parents, Thomas and Nancy (Anderson) Holmes; her sister, Janet Holmes; her mother-in-law, Janet (the late Rev. John) Hall; her sister-in-law, Karen (Chris) Griffin; many other family members; and her friends. 

Visitation will be held on Friday, Nov. 25 from 3 until 7 p.m. at Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr. in Sugar Grove. She will lie in state on Saturday, Nov. 26 from 9:30 a.m. until time of service, 11 a.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 325 E. Downer Place in Aurora, followed by interment at Elm Lawn Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates memorials to First National Bank, c/o the Beverly Holmes Hughes Fund, 36 E. Galena Blvd., Sugar Grove 60554 or to the American Brain Tumor Association, Condolences may be left at

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