Karen Maw Hughes

February 7, 1968 - October 24, 2023

Karen Maw Hughes, 55, beloved wife, mother, sister, and friend, passed away on October 24, 2023, after a courageous 20-month battle with cancer. She grew up in Six Mile, SC and had lived in Hendersonville for the past 23 years.

Throughout her life, Karen made a lasting impact on those around her. Karen was a graduate of Daniel High School and Southern Wesleyan University (formerly Central Wesleyan). She was a Pharmacy Clerk at Publix and prior to that worked at Kyocera. However, it was her role as a loving mother and devoted wife that truly defined her. Karen found joy in attending her daughters’ soccer tournaments, cheering them on with unwavering support. She also cherished her time at MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) at church when her daughters were young.

Karen had a zest for life and enjoyed indulging in her interests. She was an avid fan of Clemson football, proudly supporting her team through every game. Additionally, she found solace and fulfillment in crafting, allowing her creativity to shine through her beautiful creations.

Karen’s faith was an integral part of her life, and she was a member of Mud Creek Baptist Church and attended Biltmore Baptist in Arden.

She was preceded in death by her father, Roger Maw, and her mother, Carole Atkinson Maw.
She is survived by her loving husband of 22 years, Heath Hughes, who stood by her side throughout her illness. Karen was a devoted mother to her two daughters, Cayla Hughes and Sarah Hughes, who brought immense joy and pride to her life. She also leaves behind her brother, Chris Maw, and his wife, Pam; her step-sister, Lyndia Sexton; a half-brother, Dale Maw; several nieces and nephews; as well as her many close friends.

Services to honor and celebrate Karen’s life will be held on Sunday, November 19, 2023 starting at 2:00 pm.  A visitation with family will take place immediately prior, beginning at 1:00pm at Mud Creek Baptist Church in Hendersonville.

Memorial donations may be made to the Pardee Cancer Center or to the Sarah Hughes 529 Plan at www.tmcfunding.com.

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  • November 15, 2023
    Natalie Berry says:
    The Hughes have been one of my best neighbors I ever had for the past 20 years! Love you guys. Natalie Berry

  • November 13, 2023
    Pamela Maw says:
    Karen loved teasing Chris about football because of their devotion for rival teams. She loved her family deeply and always put a smile on her face even if she was having a bad day. A very devoted wife and Mother. She will and is missed very much by all whose lives she touched.

  • November 12, 2023
    Jean Capps says:
    I’m heartbroken. RIP my dear friend.❤️💔

  • November 10, 2023
    Cindy Young says:
    Karen was such a loving beautiful soul....she will be missed❤️

  • November 10, 2023
    Ginny Johnson says:
    Praying for you and the girls, Heath. Karen was a special lady.♥️