Germaine Julia Hughes

18/02/1957 - 12/02/2021

Obituary For Germaine Julia Hughes

February 18, 1957 – February 12, 2021

It is with heavy hearts that we mournfully announce the unexpected passing of our daughter,
sibling, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and dear friend, Germaine, at the QE11 Hospital,
Grande Prairie, Alberta.
Germaine was born to Maurice and Helen Jean, on February 18, 1957 in St.
Paul Alberta. She was the second daughter and seventh child. Another sister joined the family almost two years later completing the Jean family. They lived on a farm in Lafond, Alberta and
went to school in St. Paul. You would always find Germaine beside her mother and that is where
she learned her structured life which included cooking, cleaning, gardening and caring for a
family. When her mom suddenly passed away when Germaine was sixteen, Germaine took over
running the household. When Germaine was nineteen, she moved to Grande Prairie, Alberta to
join her two sisters. At the age of twenty she met the love of her life, Rick, and at the age of
twenty-two they married and started their beautiful love story.
After they married, they welcomed their two daughters, Julie and Nicole. Throughout their marriage, they enjoyed several hobbies which included (but were not limited to): playing cards, camping, boating, baseball, and hockey, where they made so many dear friends and memories. However, all the memories that were made during family moments, were among her most treasured. In 1988, Germaine, Rick, and the girls moved to Peace River and took over the management of the Greyhound business. In1992 they welcomed their first and only son, Ryan, completing their beautiful family that Germaine doted on for many years. Germaine and the family moved back to Grande Prairie in 1998 and in January of 1999, Germaine started working with the Catholic School Board where she had a rewarding career as a speech and language assistant. In November 2002, Germaine and Rick's first grandchild, was born, granting them the official titles of “Meme and Papa.” Over the next nineteen years, they welcomed three more grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and a fifth grandchild coming July of 2021. All of these grandchildren enriched their lives and they made them better.
This is especially true for Germaine. Germaine loved her grandchildren more
than anything in the world, and no matter how she was feeling, would absolutely light up in their
presence. And as the saying goes, being a mom is great, but being a grandmother is priceless.

Germaine is predeceased by her parents, Maurice and Helen Jean and Claire Jean, wife of
her brother, Denis.

Germaine is survived by her husband, Rick Hughes; children, Julie (Riley)
Hughes/White, Nicole (David) Lock, Ryan (Chelsea) Hughes; grandchildren, Jaden, Kylie,
Zachary, Shani (Julie and Riley), Ashlyn, Olivia (Nicole and Dave), Everett (Ryan and Chelsea
[to be born July 2021]); siblings, Denis Jean, Emile (Angele) Jean, Conrad (Laurel) Jean (former
sister-in-law, Sheila Jean), Robert (Jeanne) Jean, Clement (Georgette) Jean, Lousie (Tom) Shaw
(former brother-in-law, Gerry Penner), Lucille Munro (former brother-in-law, Alan Munro); and
many, many nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces.

A Viewing for Germaine will take place on Friday, February 19th, 2021, at Bear Creek Funeral Home, 11802 99 Avenue, Grande Prairie from 2:00pm - 6:00pm. Due to COVID restrictions, it is necessary to phone Bear Creek at 780-830-7742 to arrange a time to attend the viewing.

A Memorial to celebrate Germaine will take place on Saturday, February 20th, 2021, at
Bear Creek Funeral Home, Grande Prairie at 11:00am. Due to COVID, attendance is limited to invited guests only, and the service will be livestreamed. Click link below to view livestream.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742

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Rick very sorry to hear of your loss. Many years have passed but fond memories during the hockey team years. Germaine was a special lady.
- Kevin Tink
My sincere condolences to the Hughes and Jean families for Germaine's passing. The memorial service was so touching. Doris Blais (Tremblay)
- Doris Blais
So sorry to hear of Germaine passing her cousin Sally Robinson
- Sally Robinson
To Rick and family my deepest condolences she was a wonderful person we bowled on a team together and many other social get togethers God bless
- Sylvia Hooper
Our condolence to the Hughes & Jean family . Sympathy to all. Cousin Aline & Alice Jean
- Aline Jean
Our sympathy and prayers on the death of Germaine, a truly beautiful lady. 🥰🌹🥰
- Pat Hunt
To Rick and his entire family we offer our sincere condolences and sympathies on the sudden passing of Germaine. She has left you physically but will be in each and everyone's heart eternally! The funeral service was exceptional and well done. We hope your grief and pain leaves you soon and the love Germaine had for everyone of you grows brightly and warmly so that you can be an example of her love and God's love for all mankind. Randy & Rachelle Wilkes
- Randy Wilkes
My deepest condolences to you Rick, and to Julie, Nicole, Ryan and families. I will miss Germaine's presence at those weekend campouts at the campsite around roaring fires with the kids. Germaine was such a sweet and kind person. I'm glad I got to know the Hughes family and Germaine. So sad that such a wonderful person left you, but onto the glory in God's comfort. Love to all of you. - Garry Lock
- Garry Lock
Dear family of Germaine Julia Hughes Sincere Sympathy The comfort and help you give really makes a difference. Its so good to know that your there in time of sorrow. May Gods grace bring strength, comfort, and healing. From your cousins Yvonne Malo and family
- Yvonne and Maurice Malo
So sorry to hear of Germaine's passing. Our prayers for all her family. My family grew up only a few miles from Germaine, we spent a lot of time together. It was nice to have cousins so close. Great memories. Another angel in heaven. Annette & Ali Brault
- Annette & Ali Brault
To the entire family!! My deepest condolences. and prayers are for you today! Your mom is now in a peaceful place. She is the wind and voice of an angel now bringing you guidance from above. Germaine (mom, grandmother, sister, friend, wife, and more) left an imprint on all our hearts. Let those memories strengthen you and bring you peace.
- Louise Guenette
Rick, Julie,Nicole,Ryan and families, Our thoughts are with you at this time, as you face the loss of your Loving Wife and Dear Mother. We have many fond memories of Germaine, and will always be thankful for our times shared. Sheila and Wayne Craipley
- Sheila Craipley
Our deepest condolences to your family and friends for the loss of Germaine. With sadness, I remember attending school with Germaine. She was a great friend and the best baseball player. Keeping you all in our prayers. Hélène Tremblay-Marquis
- Hélène Tremblay-Marquis
I'm so sorry. Your mom was a special lady with patience and kindness. I worked with your mom at St Clement. We would chat about our familes, holiday camping and enjoying a round of golf. She will be missed. Thinking of your family during this difficult time. Sending hugs to all🥰 Dorothy Doll
- Dorothy Doll
Uncle Rick and my dear cousins Julie, Nicole and Ryan, to you and your families, we send our deepest condolences. Iqaluit is far but I have you all close to my heart and you are in our thoughts and prayers. Growing up, I always remember it was such a party when you travelled to St. Paul to visit our families. I have fond memories of Aunty Germaine and will always remember her smile and laugh. Rest In Peace Aunty. Sending lots of love from Taryn, Victor and I.
- Lisa Tootoo
Dear Rick, Julie, Nicole, Ryan and families Our heartfelt condolences for the passing of your wife, mother, grandmother. Denis and I have many wonderful memories of Germaine growing up and going to school together. Forever in our hearts 💜🕊🙏🏼✝️
- Carmen & Denis Gouin
Rick, Julie, Nicole, Ryan and family, I'm sad to hear of your loss. I have fond memories of our families spending time together when we were young. BBQs, and card games and plenty of laughs come to mind. Your mom was quick to laugh and warmly welcome us into your home. She was also a wonderful friend to our mother and I'm glad that our friendship was able to bring them together. We can take comfort that they can be together now looking over the families they cared for so much. Take care of each other. Suzanne (Regimbald) Boyer
- Suzanne
we are so very sorry to hear of Germaine's passing Rick & family.. I always remember seeing Germaine at Zellers.. she took me aside & told me they were expecting their 3rd child & showed me her baby bump.. she was so happy.. she was glowing.. huggs.. Tammy & Aniello
- Tammy Perrotta
Dearest Rick, Julie, Nicole, Ryan and your families, please accept my heart felt condolences on the passing of Germaime! She was an amazing friend to me and I will always remember our numerous lunches and coffee dates! Germaime loved to share news about her family, especially the grandkids, of whom she was very proud of! She will always be remembered to me, as a treasured friend and will live on in my heart forever! May you all find comfort in your memories of her as you navigate your way through this immense loss you're all feeling! Heaven is definitely brighter as Germaime becomes another of God's angels! Know that she will always be watching over all of you, from above! Rest In Peace my dear friend and may your light shine on in the lives of your family and all those you've touched! Fiona Joseph
- Fiona Joseph
Julie my heart is breaking for you and your family, sudden death is so hard, take the moments to remember the good times my friend. Keeping you and your family close in prayer Karen
- Karen Francis
Rick, we were sad to hear of Germaine's passing. We send our sincerest condolences to you and your family. May your good memories support you in the days and weeks ahead and may God bless you all. Rest in Peace Germaine. Dennis & Sharon Biggs
- Dennis Biggs
We wish to offer our condolences to Rick and family. We have good memories of Germaine, her joy of life, and genenerosity. Prayers and blessings. Reg & Annette Bouchard
- Dn Reg & Annette Bouchard
To Rick and family our deepest condolences for the sad loss of Germaine a treasured wife and caring grandmother. Love to all Fern and Jocelyne
- Jocelyne Doucet
Germaine you will be truly missed. In all my years of being friends with Julie when I would travel to see her I was also so happy to see both your and Rick. You always welcomed me into your home and I enjoyed many Olive Garden and red lobster dinners with you. You always told me what a great friend I am to Julie and that really touch my heart. I always say you know you have a true best friend when you get to know there parents as well. And I definitely got to know you. Your passing has made a hole in some many hearts. But I know you are at peace and heaven has another beautiful angel. Rest In Peace Germaine you are in my thoughts always. Love, Amy
- Amy Witoshynski
Both Bruce and I will miss Germaine very much .We enjoy our time together as In laws wither it was birthdays ,Christmas, New Years, Halloween or Camping or just a family get together .She will be in our hearts forever... This saying I came across when my mom passed away and I hope it helps find comfort. When someone you love, becomes a Memory... That memory becomes a Treasure. Hold that Treasure in your heart... Keep it there forever. Rick, Julie Riley ,and kids Nicole David and girls. Ryan Chelsea and little one, we send you our love and prayers and comfort during this time of great sadness ..We are here for you all ..Love Bruce and Marlene
- Marlene Lock

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