Thelma Lundergan McHugh, 92, passed away peacefully June 21 at her residence in Nicholasville, surrounded by her family. She was born May 12, 1920, in Maysville to Jess and Catherine McCarthy Harney.
Her husband, Eugene Lundergan of Maysville, preceded her in death. Together they had five wonderful children. In 1976, she married Charles McHugh, who also preceded her in death.
Thelma was a devoted employee of the Mason County Sheriff’s Department for 20 years. After retirement, she moved to Nicholasville to be near her family. In Nicholasville, she volunteered for Jessamine County Hospice and Waveland Museum and was an active member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church until her death. Thelma reveled in spending time with her family and most enjoyed her annual Christmas gathering with her loved ones. Thelma delighted in creating needlework that she gifted to her family, and in her free time she was an avid reader and visitor to the public library. Most recently, Mrs. McHugh became widely known and recognized throughout the state of Kentucky for her endearing appearance in the “grannies” advertisement for her granddaughter, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Left to honor Thelma and remember her love are her five children, Bonnie Weber and husband Robert of Stuarts Draft, Va., Jerry Lundergan and wife Charlotte of Lexington, Mike Lundergan and wife Cindy of Lexington, Tom Lundergan and wife Lynne of Versailles, and Peggy Patterson and husband Bill of Nicholasville.
She is loved by her 15 grandchildren, Karen Mahaffey and husband Mark, Cheryl Newton and husband Chuck, Ben Weber, Alissa Tibe and husband Brian, Abigail Dobson and husband Chad, Alison Grimes and husband Andrew, Ashley Lundergan, Amy Coates and husband Taylor, Lindsay Lundergan, Jonathan Schumacher, Carter Schumacher, Tiffany Salsman and husband Nick, Elliott Lundergan and wife Kateleen, Cody Lundergan, Max Lundergan, Katie Fleming and Kristopher Riffe.
Eight great-grandchildren also survive her: Zackary Newton, Rebecca Mahaffey, Harrison and Grace Tibe, Miles and Briggs Dobson, Olivia Salsman, and Ryleigh Kate Fleming.
She is survived by her sister, Verna Fenoff of Newport, and two brothers, J.R. Harney of Newport and William Harney of Dayton, Ky. She is also survived by stepson Randy McHugh and sons Ryan and Jason.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Children’s Department of The Jessamine County Public Library, St. Patrick’s School in Maysville, or to Hospice of the Bluegrass.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Betts and West Funeral Home, Nicholasville, and Brell and Son, Maysville.
Visitation for Mrs. McHugh was held Sunday, June 24, beginning at 4 p.m. at Betts and West Funeral Home, Nicholasville. Requiem high mass was intoned Monday, June 25, at 10 a.m. at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Nicholasville, by the Rev. Patrick Fitzsimmons and the Rev. Jim Sichko. Visitation was then held at Brell & Son Funeral Home in Maysville on Monday, June 25, at 5 p.m. Burial and graveside services were held Tuesday, June 26, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Maysville.