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July 10, 1942 – Dec. 9, 2014

Sheila G. Hughes, a registered nurse who founded Rainbow Fashions, a clothing company for the disabled, died Monday in Father Baker Manor, Orchard Park. She was 71.

Mrs. Hughes received the Athena Award from Women in Business in WNY.

She was born in Boston, Mass., and lived in Orchard Park from 1979 until her death.

She trained as a registered nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital and then worked for the Visiting Nursing Association.

In 1989 she founded Rainbow Fashions, which supplied specialized clothing to disabled individuals. She retired in 2009.

Mrs. Hughes enjoyed spending time with friends and family and following the Buffalo Bills and Boston Red Sox.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas F.; two sons, Dr. Thomas III and Christopher; three sisters, Maureen, Brenda and Paula; two brothers, Thomas and Robert; and four grandchildren.

Visiting hours will be from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Monday in Father Baker Manor, 6400 Powers Road, Orchard Park.

A funeral service will immediately follow.