We are gathered here today in the presence of God to give thanks for life and times of Cerys Hughes. Writing this eulogy was one of the hardest things I have ever done, not because Cerys was my mother, but how on earth does one find the words to sum up the lady the Cerys Hughes truly was.
Mum was born in the village of Llay on the 17th of September 1963. She was the only daughter of Dennis and Valerie Rogers. What many of you might not know is that mum was a twin. Sadly her twin did not survive birth. This may not surprise you because she had the energy and strength of two people rolled into one. Apart from a few months mum lived in Llay her whole life. During her childhood, she enjoyed Morris dancing and learning the craft of knitting. A hobby she enjoyed right up to the end of her life. Mum was married my dad on June 23rd, 2001 and her family meant the world to her.
For many years mum worked at Darland High School. A job she loved, enjoyed and carried out to the best of her ability. And many times went above and beyond what was necessary. I remember many chats we had about her working day with her colleagues and how much fun she had with Debbie and other members of staff.
She was a vibrant soul, one who lit up the room whenever she entered. And she had that unique gift of putting a smile on everyone’s face. She was full of joy and always eager to help out, no matter what the problem was. She was many things a wife, a sister and a good friend, but the best word to describe Cerys is “mother”, First and foremost she was a mum. Everything she did was for my brother and I. She was a wonderful mother and we will greatly miss her love, support and witty sense of humour.
Mum was also a Christian. Which means she trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive and pardon all her sin. She was greatly blessed by the ministry of Pastor Mark Thomas and Pastor Sam Oldridge here at Borras Park Evangelical Church and became a Christian under their ministry. One thing I personally will miss is the times mum and I would open our Bibles and discuss in details the teaching and life of Jesus Christ. Her faith meant a lot to her and it is this faith that brought her safely into the arms of Jesus. Reading in St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians the apostle wrote, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” The message and hope of the Gospel is that when we leave this earth we can have victory over sin, death and hell. There is great hope and joy in death for the Christian, because to be with Christ is far better. It is a great comfort to know that mum is now with her Lord and Saviour.
Not so long ago mum was diagnosed with leukaemia and was receiving treatment at the Christie Hospital in Manchester. She had the best possible care and support from the Christie, but sadly mum contracted Coronavirus and with her immune system being compromised her body could not fight off the virus. She passed away peaceful on Wednesday 20th January. Her passing has left a great hole in all of our hearts, and she will be greatly missed.
My lasting memories of Mum are simple: a hard-working, passionate figure of strength who never stopped loving and protecting her family. A woman who always spoke her mind, even when it was’t helpful, but that was what we loved her for. She was a woman that would always go the extra mile and put others before herself. She really was one in a million. And this is how she stay and remain in our hearts and minds forever.
There is so much more I would like to say, but alas time does not permit. I would like to close by saying, thank you to everyone for attending today. My family and I are grateful for the support and care we have received from Pastor Mark and all at Borras Park.