Beth Anne (Hughes) Russo, of Worcester, MA, passed unexpectedly on Sunday, December 30th at University of Massachusetts Medical Center with her husband Greg by her side. She was 35. Beth Anne lived her life to the fullest. She faced her many medical challenges throughout the course of her life with strength and grace. She was able to overcome these many medical setbacks until this most recent and unexpected sickness. As sad as her death is to family and friends, there is comfort knowing she is with God and free from the maladies she encountered in her short 35 years.
She was born on June 29, 1977 in Framingham, Massachusetts. A daughter of David and Wendy (Bourne) Hughes, she grew up in Hudson and graduated from Nashoba Regional High School, class of 1995. She attended Messiah College, Worcester State University, and Atlantic Union College. She met Greg Russo and they later married on July 21, 2001 at New Hope Chapel in Westborough, MA.
Beth Anne loved life and embraced so many different things. She had a passion and talent for music. She sang, played guitar, piano, and saxophone. Like many musicians, she too felt that when words fail, music speaks. She wrote many of her own songs. Other interests included crafts, knitting, and animals, especially her much loved labrador, Harley. Her faith in God and connection to the church were a strong foundation for Beth Anne. She was a longtime member of New Hope Chapel in Westborough, MA. She most recently attended Liberty Church in Shrewsbury, MA, which she loved. She was a member of CMA (Christian Motorcyclists Association) with Greg.
She is survived by: her husband, Greg J. Russo; at home; her step-daughter, Jocelyn Russo; her parents, David and Wendy Hughes of Framingham, MA; her siblings, Jonathan Hughes and his wife, Maeghan, of North Chelmsford, MA; Rebekah (Hughes) McGowan and her husband, William, of Merrimac, MA; her grandparents, Donald R. and Phyllis J. (Fish) Hughes, of North Andover, MA; A. Joy Bourne of Danville, New Hampshire; her mother-in-law, Natalie C. (Pistorio) Russo of Westwood, MA; her sister-in-law, Jennifer Pouliot and her husband, Jeffrey, of Brookline, New Hampshire; her nieces and nephews, Joseph and Hanya Hughes, Lucas McGowan, Matthew and Olivia Pouliot.
Family and friends will honor and remember Beth Anne's life at calling hours on Friday, January 4th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Heald and Chiampa Funeral Directors - The Sumner House, 5 Church Rd., On the Common, Shrewsbury Center and the Celebration of Life Service to be held Saturday, January 5th at 11:00 a.m. at Liberty Church, 495 Hartford Turnpike (Rt. 20) Shrewsbury, MA. Pastor Brian Young will officiate. Burial will be private.
For those who are able, as a way to celebrate Beth Anne's life, Greg is encouraging those attending the calling hours and service to wear a splash of color. We all grieve over the loss of Beth Anne here on earth, but rejoice with her that she is with Jesus, the greatest love of her life.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Children's Hospital Boston through Beth Anne's Memorial for her nephew, Lucas. The web url to this memorial page is on this tribute page to your left.