ON THE SCENE
Celebrating a Century
Friends and family gathered Dec. 2 at the Fort Pierce Yacht
Club to celebrate the 100th birthday of Frances Hughes,
pictured here with her granddaughter Meredith Peterson.
Mrs. Hughes, as she is known by generations, was longtime
site director at Indian River State College’s English as a
Second Language program and was also a longtime secretary
at St. Anastasia Catholic School. A native of San Luis Potosi,
Mexico, she came to the United States in 1953. She helped
found San Juan Diego Catholic Ministry in Fort Pierce. During
a Mass in her honor, speakers recalled the support Mrs.
Hughes provided early Hispanic migrant workers through
everything from serving as a translator to providing toys and
food during Christmas. One man remembered that the first
turkey he and his wife ever cooked was one Mrs. Hughes
gave him. Another remembered her small car completely
filled with toys for Christmas. Among those attending were
Mrs. Hughes’ 96-year-old sister, Petra Esparza de Hernandez,
from San Luis Potosi.
Friends and family gathered Oct. 8 to celebrate the 100th
birthday of Elodie Tabor McCready, founder of historic Chuck’s
Seafoood Restaurant on the Fort Pierce Inlet. Elodie opened the
restaurant in 1961 with her late husband, Chuck Tabor.