Alison Hayley Hughes was born November 22, 1987 in Dover, Massachusetts. She passed away peacefully September 14, 2023 in Essex, CT with her loving family by her side. Her friends and family will miss her compassionate spirit and quick wit.
Alison was a gifted equestrian who began riding at the age of three. An avid competitor, she captured many State, New England, and National awards in the Hunter, Jumpers, and Equitation. She was often called the “Horse Whisperer” as her passion and talent for training young horses and fixing the difficult or “broken” ones was remarkable. While the competition world was her life, she always put her love of the horses above any ribbons or titles. The saddle was where Ali was most at home.
Following in her late brother’s footsteps, Alison spent many years in the boating industry. This was a career she found true fulfillment in as she could showcase her strengths and always be available for her son. She cared deeply for her coworkers, helping them out and baking goodies for them on a regular basis.
She is survived by her parents Ronald and Wendy Hughes of Essex,CT and her sister and brother in law Lindsay and Daniel Armstrong of Haddam, CT. She leaves behind her beloved son, Miles Mead, of Killingworth, CT, whom she called her “angel” from birth. Her son meant everything to her - she loved watching his soccer and basketball games, walking with him at Hammonasset State Park (a favorite of theirs), and taking him out for special dinners on a regular basis. Ali’s love for Miles was exceptional, and she will carry him in her heart until they meet again. Her three nieces and nephews, William, Edith, and Harriet Armstrong of Haddam, CT, will miss her kindness and humor; she always went out of her way to shower them with the love and attention that only an aunt can.
She is predeceased by her brother and best friend, Ronald L. Hughes III. We know in our hearts that they are now together on a boat in the clouds watching over us all, fishing poles in hand, dog by their sides.
Alison especially loved her two Jack Russell Terriers, Carlie and Louis. She leaves her new side-kick, Ace, behind. Over the years, she rescued many homeless cats, dogs, horses, and even rabbits as the thought of animals suffering was unacceptable to her.
A private Celebration of Life will take place in her favorite park with her family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your favorite animal rescue in the spirit of Alison.