Maria M. Hughes

December 24, 1949 - February 11, 2017

Maria Hughes, 67 of Cape Coral, Florida and formerly of Washington Michigan, died unexpectedly on Saturday, February 11th, 2017.

Maria was born December 24, 1949 in Brugge, Belgium. She was the daughter of the late Cyril and Marie Vanpoelvoorde. She married Kenneth Hughes on June 24th, 2006 in Romeo, Michigan.
Maria was a graduate of Almont High School and continued her education to become a Registered Nurse. She practiced nursing at Lapeer Hospital in Michigan. She then went on to become a pharmaceutical representative for Smith Klein Beecham. In her early years, she enjoyed many outdoor activities including snow skiing, boating, and water skiing. She developed the love of traveling and enjoyed taking trips to Europe and Australia to visit relatives. Maria was a master gardener and truly had a green thumb.

She is survived by her husband Kenneth of Cape Coral, Florida; three sisters, Christiane Salens, Carine Salens, Vivian Salens and one brother, Eric Salens all of Brugge, Belgium; two nephews, Robert (Amy) May of Port Huron, Michigan, and Michael (Michelle) May of Lawrence, Michigan as well as four nieces, Lauren and Ashley May of Lawrence, Michigan and Payton and Olivia May of Port Huron, Michigan; Maria also has an extended family of nieces and nephews in Belgium.

She is preceded in death by a brother Roland Salens (1968) and a sister Rolanda May (2013).

A Funeral Service will be held 5:30 PM, Monday, February 20, 2017 at Mullins Memorial, 1056 NE 7th Terrace, Cape Coral, Florida with Pastor Ron Johnson officiating. The family will receive friends for a time of visitation from 4:00 PM until the time of service. The family requests that when sending flowers, no red roses or red flowers be sent.

Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book which can be found at

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


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