FLORENCE — Carmen Hughes, 96, of Florence died on Jan. 31, 2020, at home.

Ms. Hughes was born on July 18, 1923. She was loved by all who knew her and known for her loving heart, quick wit and beautiful smile. As the family matriarch, she was looked up to and always shared her wisdom with those around her.

With a strong faith, she took comfort in knowing she would rest with her Lord and Savior for all of eternity.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Dora Feliz and Lilly Guevarra, and is survived by two daughters, Terry Vidal and Debbie Wirth; a son, John Avenetti; a sister, Alice Gonzalez; a brother, Gilbert “Sambo” Ortiz; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and 23 great-great-grandchildren. 

Funeral Mass celebrated at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, at Assumption Catholic Church.

Heritage Florence Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.

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