Quincy Zaria Carol Hughes née Carol Lynn Hughes, 74, formerly of Oak Park, died on Dec. 14, 2022 in Denver, Colorado, surrounded by family, storytelling, good music, and her original works of art.

She was a single mom to five Oak Park and River Forest High School grads and was known by her children’s friends as a good listener and friend. She was a grandmother to eight grandchildren and did not shy away from acting silly in the name of love for them.

A nurse, she served the pediatric population at two family practice offices in Oak Park, West Suburban Medical Center, Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, as well as a pediatric home hospice nurse. She was at her finest when serving people in crisis and did not shy away from difficult situations in the name of serving kids and their families.

As an artist, she poured her life experience into creating collage art, paintings, jewelry, knitting, and more. Her surroundings were a work of art.

She was hilarious, had an exquisite vocabulary, a dark sense of humor, and “a mind like a steel trap.” She was an original to the last and will be missed dearly.

Quincy is survived by her five children, Matt (Nicole Katonah-Murphy) Murphy, Myles (Maggie Carmona) Murphy, Morgan (Stephen) Lipton, Caitlyn (Grant) Stedman, and Genia O’Dell-Hughes; her grandchildren, Josh and Eliza Katonah-Murphy, Leora, Zion, and Zinnia Lipton, and Calvin, Stella, and Nina Stedman; her sister, Cathy; and her brother, Mark.

A private memorial will be held in her honor in the mountains of Colorado this summer.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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