Sylvia (Long) Hughes, 98, of Laurel, died Friday April 3, 2020 at Laurel Health and Rehabilitation Center in Laurel. Sylvia was born in Red Lodge, Montana July 3, 1921 to Nestor and Jennie Long. She moved with her parents to her grandfather's homestead in Roberts when she was 6 years old. She attended Cottonwood School during all eight of her grade school years.
In 1938, Sylvia went to work, along with her older sister, Mary, at the E.E. (Slim) Hansen wheat farm, where she met and, a few months later, married John Hughes, who was also working on the Hansen farm. They continued to work there until the spring of 1944, when they moved their family to Miles City. Sylvia worked at several different places in Miles City. Sylvia eventually took a position in the laundry department at Holy Rosary Hospital, where she worked for 21 years, retiring in 1986. She moved to Billings in 1989, and made her home at South Forty Apartment Complex. Sylvia lived there for 28 years, until fall of 2018 when she moved to Laurel. She was a hard worker and enjoyed baking cookies, zucchini and Finn breads. She was proud of her Finnish heritage. She was faithful in attendance at the Westside Baptist Church. Left to cherish her memory is her brother Clifford Long; sister Verna DeVries; 9 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 6 step grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren and a number of extended family. Sylvia was preceded in death by her parent's, husband John, daughters Jean Williams and Nancy Johnson, sons Clarence Allen, Warren Leroy, Ronald, and Myren Dean, 2 brothers Matt Long and Eric Long, sisters Mary Gibson and Martha DeVries.
Sylvia will be interred by her husband in Miles City.
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