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WASHINGTON - K. Claudia Hughes, 71, of Washington, Ill., went to be with her Savior on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, at UnityPoint Health Methodist in Peoria.
She was born on Nov. 27, 1944, in Peoria, to Hershel and Joanna (Sales) Lester. She married David Hughes on May 27, 1967, in Peoria.
Surviving are her husband, David, of Washington; three sons, Matthew (Amy) Hughes of Hudson, Christopher (Mariz) Hughes of Morton, Andrew (Sally Heinzel) Hughes of Towanda; five grandchildren; Isabella, Jacob, Levi, Maggie, Emma and one on the way; her father Herschel of Peoria; two brothers, Dennis (Shelly) Lester of Mt. Pleasant, Texas and Lon (Dawn) Lester of Brimfield; two sisters, Becky (Stephen) Audrain of Reno, Nev., and Gail Reynolds of Peoria.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Joanna.
Claudia was a homemaker and bookkeeper for the family business, Hughes Engines.
She loved cooking and flower gardening. She also enjoyed family gatherings and spending time with her grandchildren and friends at New Castle Bible Church.
The family wishes to extend their appreciation to the Methodist Intensive Care Unit, Dr. Jacob Samuel, and Methodist Hospice for their kind and compassionate care to Claudia; a Daisy Award to all.
Funeral service will be held at 10:00 am, Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at New Castle Bible Church in Mackinaw with Pastor Kevin Sauder and Pastor Phil Somers officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7pm, Monday, August 8, 2016 at the church. Further visitation will be from 9-9:45am Tuesday at the church prior to the service. Interment will take place at New Castle Bible Church Cemetery following cremation.
Memorials may be made to New Castle Bible Church, 17931 Dee-Mack Rd., Mackinaw, IL 61755.
Knapp Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center is handling arrangements.

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