Obituary: Clarence "Moe" Hughes |

Obituary: Clarence "Moe" Hughes

A celebration of life for Clarence “Moe” Hughes will be held in February in Lake Tahoe. Exact time and day to be announced.

Clarence “Moe” Hughes was born Feb. 17, 1950, in San Antonio, Tex., to William and Eleanor Hughes-Finley.

Moe lived in Tahoma on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe from 1979 to 2007, with a few breaks to have some adventures exploring other areas. While living at Lake Tahoe, he became an avid skier and he loved to bicycle, garden and go fishing with his brother. He worked at Ski Homewood as a lift mechanic for several years, as well as being a carpenter and working with GPF Construction. He also loved to design and build custom decks.

Moe served three years in the U.S. Army during the early 1970s as a Corporal Infantry Fire Crewman.

Moe and his wife, Micki, met in early 1992. They were married in December 1999 at their home in Tahoma. In 1997, they bought West Side Pizza in Homewood.

Moe did some Distance Learning Classes and achieved certificates in Home Inspection and Quantum Touch Healing.

Moe and Micki moved from Tahoma to Nevada City in March 2007.

In November 2007 Moe was diagnosed with metastatic malignant melanoma and the race was on. Also, at the same time, Micki was buying a house in Grass Valley so another move was imminent.

While in Nevada City and Grass Valley, Moe met a wonderful group of people called the Christian Businessmen’s Group. They are a phenomenal group of people who are there to help in any way they can. They helped us move from Nevada City to Grass Valley. We are ever grateful for their help and friendship.

After a very brave battle with melanoma, Moe passed away in his home on Dec. 15. He was at peace and surrounded by family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Melissa “Micki” Barber of Grass Valley; daughters Emily Wiley of Ashland, Ore., and Robyn Hughes of Yuma, Ariz.; stepdaughter, Jamie Montsch of Yuma, Ariz., brother, Bill Hughes of Loveland, Colo.; sister, Maryanne Mesple and mother, Eleanor Finley, both of Berthoud, Colo., and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, William Hughes, and sister, Kathleen Sacks.

Donations may be made toward melanoma research through the Melanoma Society. Arrangements are under direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary in Grass Valley.

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