Julia Elsa Hughes

February 28, 1940 ~ December 23, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old

Julia Hughes Obituary

          Julia Elsa Hughes, also known as Julie and lovingly referred to as "Grammy" by her friends and family, passed away on December 23, 2023, at the age of 83 in Florence, SC. She was born on February 28, 1940, in East Orange, NJ, to Frederick and Elsa Kopp. Julia was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. 

          Julia was a loving and kind-hearted individual who always supported and encouraged everyone around her. She was known for being everyone's biggest champion and took great joy in learning about the accomplishments of others. Julia's selflessness was evident in all aspects of her life, from helping to manage the books at her husband's medical practice to caring for her beloved grandchildren, Rylie and Liam.

          Julia is survived by her son Rhett Hughes and his wife Farrah, her sister Eleonore Culp, her stepdaughters Sherry Anglum and Cindy Watson, as well as her grandchildren Liam, Rylie, Cindy, Melissa, Heather, Eddie, Christie, Laura, and Kacey. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Rupert Hughes, her father Frederick Kopp, and her mother Elsa Kopp.

          Julia attended Florence Avenue School for her primary education and later graduated from Irvington High School. She went on to become the office manager of her husband's medical practice, where she dedicated her time and expertise.

          In her free time, Julia enjoyed camping, spending time at the beach, and indulging in her love for reading.

          A family memorial service will be held on February 17, 2024, at 1:00 PM, followed by a celebration of life at 2:00 PM at Julia's home in Florence, SC. The Waters-Powell Funeral Home in Florence, SC, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

          In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that contributions be made to the Florence Area Humane Society in Julia's memory. Donations can be made online at

          Julia Elsa Hughes will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Her love, kindness, and selflessness will forever be remembered and cherished.

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