MILLINOCKET – Millinocket lost one of its premier artists and possibly its most prolific sign painter early Monday evening, Nov. 29, 2010, one month shy of her 84th birthday. Her parents, Edward and Katherine (McQuarrie) Budreau may have named her Ann, but almost everyone in town knew her as “Skipper,” a nickname given to her by her principal since she preferred to skip school and go down by the river to paint and draw. Despite that penchant, Skip graduated from Stearns High School in 1944. In 1945, she married Thomas Hughes Jr., who was there to hold her hand through the years and as she passed. Skip’s life was filled with art, fun, love, driving fast and other adventures and civic activities. While she worked briefly for Great Northern Paper Co., Skip’s main occupation as a sign painter kept her busy until she was almost 80. Her signs and lettering are still found around town and in trophy cases at the high school. She especially enjoyed doing make up for Millinocket Players and Studio One Dance Studio throughout the years. Equally noteworthy was her love for furry and feathered critters – who seemed to know they could find food and welcome on Orchard Street. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 65 years, Tom; her daughters, Diane Hughes of Stillwater, Ann Taylor of Lehigh Acres, Fla., and Holly Hughes and her husband, Peter McDonald, of Frankfort; grandchildren, Jessica Ross and partner, Randy Simpson, of Canaan, and James Ross of Palm Harbor, Fla.; great-grandson, Randy Simpson of Canaan; brothers, Frank and Delphine Budreau of Kennebunk, Ronald and Donna Budreau of Millinocket, and Larry and Barbara Budreau of Anderson, S.C.; sister-in-law, Betty Budreau of Millinocket; brother-in-law, Roland Hughes of Davenport, Fla.; her very special aunt, Delia Hamilton of East Millinocket; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Skip’s family thanks the staffs of Cummings Health Care, Howland and Katahdin Health Care, Millinocket, for their kind, supportive care, especially Buddy, her physical therapist. A word and Communion service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church of Christ the Divine Mercy Parish, Millinocket, with Deacon Dan Watson, presiding. Spring internment will be at Millinocket Cemetery. Gifts in Skip’s memory may be sent to Katahdin Area Support Group, 10 Field St., Millinocket, ME 04462, Katahdin Health Care/Activities, 22 Walnut St., Millinocket, ME 04462, or area animal shelters. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.
ANN C. HUGHES
Posted Dec. 01, 2010, at 7:39 p.m.