MICHELE ELIZABETH 'SHELLIE' HUGHES-SINGLETON
Shellie was born in Flushing, Queens on December 19, 1953, and grew up in Westbury, Long Island. She was the daughter of Richard J. Hughes, who predeceased her, and Joan Howlett Hughes of Waterbury, Conn., who survives.
Shellie spent summers in her youth at Lake Iroquois in Hinesburg, Vt., and continued to spend as much time there as possible throughout her life. She was married on May 18, 1985, in Valhalla to Richard K. Singleton.
Shellie attended college at Pace University, Long Island University, and C.W. Post College and had a Master’s degree in education, focusing on therapeutic recreation and rehabilitation and mental health counseling. She worked for the State of New York for many years at Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center, Hudson River Psychiatric Center, and Wassaic Developmental Center. She also served as executive director of St. Mary’s in the Field Children’s Center in Valhalla, and director of Queensboro Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children’s diagnostic and residential treatment center in St. Albans, Queens.
Shellie worked for 11 years for Riverbay Corporation at Co-Op City, in the Bronx, and was Director of Community Services. She also worked for the Town of Kent for the town supervisor prior to her retirement.
Shellie was an active volunteer in her community She was especially proud of her work with the Hudson Valley Critical Incident Stress Management team. In addition to her mother, Shellie is survived her husband, Richard K. Singleton, and their daughter Michaela Merry Hughes-Singleton of Kent; her brother, Peter R. Hughes and his wife Carol of New Market, Va.; and her sister, Pamela Pratt of Waterbury, Ct. She is also sadly missed by a loving aunt and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service and celebration of Shellie’s life will be held on January 14, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Christ Church on Quaker Hill, 17 Church Road, Pawling. The church website, ccoqh.org has a map and link for directions. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Cares, 692 Route 6, Suite 209, Mahopac, NY 10541 or communitycares.org.