February 16, 1929 ~ December 21, 2020
Beatrice Hughes passed from this life on December 21, 2020. Bea was an indomitable spirit, a workhorse warrior, who was always meticulously groomed, even for a casual trip to the store. Her family thought she was indestructible.
Bea was born at home, off a dirt road, deep up a holler in Doddridge County, West Virginia, on February 16, 1929. Raised by her grandmother, she survived the “Great Depression shucking walnuts, forgoing shoes, and wearing a flour sack for clothes.
Without much formal education, through the dint of hard work, she made her way to Weirton, West Virginia, where she met and married the father of her four daughters, Glenn “Buddy” Hughes. Tragedy struck all too soon. Her husband died at thirty-two years of age, leaving her with three girls under six and six months pregnant with the youngest.
Everyone who knew Bea recalls her as the hardest worker they had ever known. To support her family, she bartended and dealt cards in the northern panhandle of West Virginia. She owned a gas station, and her own race car, even winning a trophy.
When the opportunity presented itself, while working full time, she earned her GED and took computer courses at the inception of data processing. She was hired at Weirton Steel and worked there for almost twenty-eight years, working doubles and even triple shifts.
When Weirton Steel was bought out, and she lost her job, she had no time for despair, putting her nose to the grindstone, opening up another business, the VIP lounge, which she successfully operated for several years, sometimes working twenty hours a day.
She worked until she was 82 years old, running different establishments in the tri-state area. Her motto was “work hard and play hard.”
She was preceded in death by her late husband, Glenn Hughes, her daughter, Candace Drummond, and her long term companion, Robert Kalupa.
She is survived by her daughters, Glenda (Stephen) Tabone, Frances (Cesare) D’Emilio, and Tammy Birkhimer, and her six grandchildren, Autumn Drummond, Katelyn, and Vincent Tabone, Bradley and Cara Birkhimer, and Ian Hedges, and three great-grandchildren, Taylor Birkhimer, and Jordon and Jace Stanton.
Her children wish to recognize her life long friend, Jill Rowe, and her spiritual guide Rita Wright. They want to thank the Villa Vista and Valley hospice care staff for the care they provided Bea.Beatrice will always remain in their heart.
Private family visitation and prayers will be held on Wednesday evening at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home with Rev.William Wright.
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Oh what a character she was. She will be missed greatly. Always will remember her with laughter.
I think I met her she was something else I thought she was unique different kind of person but super strong
Deepest sympathies for family and friends may she Rest In Peace🙏🙏🙏🙏
Tammy and family: We are so sorry for your loss. We had the privilege of meeting your mom at that 1 Christmas party; it’s a very nice memory. Will keep you in our prayers.
Condolences to her family!
Deepest sympathy. Worked with her at Weirton Steel.
Met Bea, several years ago with her daughter Tammy. She was one tough person. Sending up prayers for this hard time. I am sorry for the family’s loss.
A very good friend. We enjoyed many excursions to Dr. appointments , shopping & lunches. I think of her every day & often wished we would get together again for fun & laughter. Rest in Peace Dear Friend, until we meet again. Kitty Diietrantonio
Tammy, I am so sorry to hear about your mom love you always Linda Kay Perna
Glenda, Franny & Tammy: I am so sorry to hear this. Your mom always amazed me when we were growing up on Clearview. She was the most independent mother on our street and the first working woman I knew back then. And as the obit states, she always looked beautiful no matter what she was doing. My heartfelt sympathy is with you all.
Tammy, my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your beautiful mom. Lifting you and your family up in prayer. May all your wonderful memories bring you peace and comfort. May she rest in peace.
Ian & family, we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts & in our prayers.
Sympathy to Beas family and friends.
Ladies. So sorry to hear about your mom passing. What a great lady. A joy to work with who always had a smile no matter how bad things were or how much there was to do. And she raised some great daughters too.