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HUGHES-GAMES, Barbara "Elaine"


May 30, 1949 - May 11, 2023

Barbara "Elaine" Hughes-Games died tragically on May 11, 2023, while hiking, after slipping on a rock and falling into Powers Creek during spring run-off. Elaine had a large circle of family and friends. All are devastated by her loss.

Elaine was born May 30, 1949, in Kelowna to Violet and Arthur Hughes-Games. She was predeceased by her husband Daryl Wells in May 2008. She leaves to mourn her sister Gwen Steele of Kelowna, and brothers Steve (Joany) and Geoff (Sue) of Abbotsford. She was very close to her nieces and nephews: Fiona Steele (Jessica) and children Vivi and Georgia; Dan Hughes-Games; Shawna Soukoroff; Josh Hughes-Games; Duncan Steele (Tara) and children Aiden and Leo; Colleen (Devin) Hughes-Games. She also leaves many cousins, the Wells family who she remained close with, and many cherished friends.

Elaine lived most of her life in Kelowna, graduating in 1967 from KSS. She obtained a diploma in Art & Merchandising from Vancouver City College. Next, she completed a three-year diploma at the Kootenay School of Art, majoring in ceramics and painting.

She was a very successful professional potter for over 40 years. As well as being very artistic, Elaine had great organizational skills and business sense. She was president of the Okanagan Potters Guild for many years and annually convened their Christmas Show at Mission Hall. Many people will remember her from her years selling at the farmer’s market.

She was a dedicated volunteer at the Kelowna Community Theatre, volunteering over a thousand hours! She was very active and loved hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing locally, especially at Telemark.

Elaine was a passionate gardener and supplied many people with plants and garden advice, carrying on in the Hughes-Games family tradition.

Elaine was a deeply caring person, tending to friends and relatives when ill or recovering. As a real social connector and key communicator, Elaine kept her many family members connected with her and each other, as well as her many circles of friends.

Elaine loved to travel. In 1977, her first solo trip abroad to Japan focused on arts and crafts. She spent time traveling in the UK, and Australia, taking a Caribbean cruise and later a trip to the Maritimes with Daryl, and more recently trips to New Zealand, Hawaii, Mexico, and China with friends or family.

Elaine is dearly missed and left this life much too soon. She left an unforgettable mark and countless memories. A celebration of life will be held at a later date (to be decided). Elaine generously donated to dozens of charities and non-profits. Donations may be made in her name to any organization of your choice.

Condolences, photos, or memories may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com

Link: www.springfieldfuneralhome.com/obituaries/hughes-games-barbara-elaine/
Condolence Messages
  • May 26, 2023
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Domenic and Lina Rampone - Domenic Rampone
  • May 26, 2023
    Gwen, Steve And Geoff...sincerest condolences to you all on the loss of Elaine. So many memories of our families getting together. Much love to you all.
    Carol Burns (nee Dickins) - Carol Burns
  • May 26, 2023
    My sweet cousin . I will miss you dearly . But you left us lots of great laughs & memories which we will never forget. I am happy I got to know you and I am happy you were one of my cousins. We will meet again . Love cousin Taylor & Ellen, Clayton & Dakota xox
  • May 26, 2023
    Dear Gwen, Steve and Geoff... I am heartbroken to hear of Elaine's tragic passing. Art and Vitie were a mainstay of my life when I was in the St Michael's choir, and now Elaine is one more angel to remember. My sincere condolences to all of you, and keeping all of you in my heart. Maureen Sawisky (now in Red Deer, Alberta) - Maureen Sawisky
  • May 26, 2023
    Hello Gwen and Family,
    My heart is around you all as you experience this tragic loss of a special soul.
    We were all shocked by this accident, and our thoughts & love are with you.
    Elaine certainly left a ripple of goodness in the way she lived life. She touched so many!
    Biggest Hugs
    Corinne Crockett - Corinne Crockett