Melissa “Lishy” D. Jones, 64, of Lower Burrell passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. She was born December 7, 1954, in New Kensington to Ruby Lee (Houser) Hughes and the late Howard A. Hughes Sr.
Lishy was a 1972 graduate of Burrell High School. She was an employee at Allegheny Ludlum for several years before transitioning into medical administration within the UPMC Healthcare System. After working for UPMC, she was employed at Allegheny Valley Hospital until she became a primary caregiver for her 89-year-old mother. Lishy was a lifelong member of The First Church of God of New Kensington, where she was a youth leader, worship leader, volunteer soup kitchen worker, deliverer, and deaconess. Lishy enjoyed traveling, eating out, laughing with friends and family, especially her cousin Sandy Houser. Most importantly, she loved spending time with her family, especially all her nephews and nieces.
She is survived by her beautiful mother Ruby Lee Hughes of Lower Burrell, PA; her brothers, Milton C. (Patricia) Hughes of Arnold, PA and Herbert T. (Shirley) Hughes of New Kensington, PA. She is also survived by her nephews and nieces, which she considered her children; Howard A. (Johanna) Hughes of Perth Amboy, NJ, Antowand D. (Temetris) Harris of Charlette, NC, Nikita L. Hughes of Arnold, PA, Nina M. (Christopher) Martin of New Kensington, PA, Jason S.E. (Kirsten) Hughes of Arnold, PA, Latoya L. Hughes of Gaithersburg, MD, and Antwon J. Hughes of Arnold, PA; great nephews and nieces, Jordan, Tia, Ryleesha, Josiah, Brianna, Robert, Jahnye, Madison, Denae, Derae, Jahaun, Jason Jr., Victoria, Talia, Micah, Lexington, Aria, Joah, Maleck, Icela, Jarenn, Kallie, and Amina; great-great nephews and nieces, Roman, Alana, Brielle, Faye Lynn, Bryden, Brennan, Tyson, and King.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her brother, (Punch) Howard A. (Maria) Hughes II.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday, November 12 from 2-4 & 6-8 PM in the Ross G. Walker Funeral Home Ltd, 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11 AM in Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 1150 Asa W. Roberts Way, New Kensington. Anyone attending the service is asked to go directly to the church. Leave an online condolence at www.rossgwalker.com.
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