Tara Lynn Hughes Hatchell
  • 46 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 7, 1969
  • Place of birth:
    Bridgeton, New Jersey, United States
  • Date of passing: Jun 27, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
Rest peacefully now... Beloved daughter, sister and friend. Although sorrowfully mourned, you are lovingly remembered, And we rejoice that your pain is gone. Dwayne Hughes

Tara Lynn Hughes Hatchell, loving wife and devoted mother, departed this temporal world on Saturday, June 27, 2015. She will be sorely missed by her family, friends and all who knew and loved her.

Tara was an intelligent, strong, quick-witted and very competitive individual who thoroughly enjoyed romance novels, thrifting, movies, a diverse selection of music as well as word and video games. She was the first child born to Arnita L. Hughes and Roger James Brown, Jr. on February 7, 1969 in Bridgeton, New Jersey. Tara, along with her younger brother Dwayne, lived with their mother Arnita in Fort Lauderdale, Florida before moving to Winter Park, Florida where she graduated from Winter Park High School. As destiny would have it, Tara met John Phillip Hatchell on February 17, 1991, and they entered into a ten year courtship. They "saved the date" and on February 17, 2001, the two were married. Tara and John moved to Georgia where they lived for ten years before relocating to Maryland where she was employed by Paychex as a Payroll Specialist. Tara was a thoughtful person who gave generously of her time and resources to those she cared about the most, her family and friends. Tara also served as a volunteer for Sisters For Christ in support of her daughter, Evan, who is a member.

Tara is survived by her husband, John Phillip Hatchell; her thirteen year old daughter, Evan Louise Arnita Hatchell; her mother, Arnita L. Hughes Smith; her mother-in-law, Louise Abdulkader, her maternal grandmother, Agnes Patterson; four brothers, Eric Kennedy and wife, Samirah; Dwayne Hughes and wife, R’chelle; Asa Brown, Sr.; and Terrell Brown, Sr;. one sister, Takenya Brown; seven nieces, Brienne Miller, Ansyn-Nicole Wilson, Riley Poole, Tiyanna Cobia, Tamea Brown, Alicia Brown and Alana Brown; five nephews, Christian Owens, Malcolm Hatchell, Terrell Brown, Jr., Teje Brown and Asa Brown, Jr.; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her father, Roger James Brown, Jr.; her father-in-laws, David Hatchell and Omar Abdulkader; maternal grandfathers, William Hughes, Sr. and Eugene Patterson; her paternal grandparents, Roger James Brown, Sr. and Mary Brown; and her aunt, Sandra (Sandy) J. Ardis-Hughes.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by nicole sears on 27th June 2017

"you were such a light in my life. i'm so fortunate to have been your friend."

This tribute was added by George Coles on 27th June 2016

"Thinking about you today Cousin Tara, We love and miss you much!"

This tribute was added by Arnitaaa Hughes on 27th June 2016

"Tara, today is the anniversary of when you left us. Every day that passes you are remembered and missed. We love all love and miss you.  Mom."

This tribute was added by nicole sears on 30th September 2015

"tara was such a beautiful person and came into my life when i really needed her. i had just moved to orlando and we met at the school bus stop! she stood up for me when i cracked the window down and everyone freaked out. that was my first lesson she taught me..not to care what others think. arnita, remember when she would wear those pajama pants to school?! classic! she also taught me patience, kindness, unconditional love and empathy. i hope that tara's spirit will live on through evan. evan, please realize just how very special tara was. it was such a blessing to be her friend. you just don't meet people that wonderful that often. how i would love to go shopping with her again or to crack on her crazy love for those romance paperbacks! evan, be strong and never forget her love. you were her miracle. never forget that."

This tribute was added by Lisa H on 11th July 2015

"I had the pleasure of meeting Tara at Paychex, we first started out as coworkers but slowly we developed a close bond, like sisters.  She was always looking out for me, protecting me, lift me up when I am down and always there for me.   She was my family, I would make sure to return the same care, love, and friendship she bestowed upon me.  
I remember how she comes into the office each morning in her tennis shoes, open up the cubical cabinet, change her shoes then stroll over to my cube in a cool manner and if I happen to be standing she would use my shoulder as an arm rest (yes she was that much taller than i am... in heels!).  She would always smile because doing so makes her feel super tall.  I would remember the witty comments we exchange before starting our day, our weekly friday training in the cold training room.  
It was stressful and yet we still manage to develop a mean to communicate via facial expressions when we were on the phone with our clients, we share our laughs, frustrations and plans during lunch.  Lunch time is always epic with Tara, I still remember her Chik Fil A order "number one combo, no pickles with cheese and butter, large sweet tea no ice with polynesian sauce".   Her choice of snack are those chocolate covered cashews.   During our downtime we would search and compete to find the ugliest shoes on the internet.  
We share the love for food, I know when we head to El Paso in Fairfax she would get carnitas.   She didn't like Chipotle for lunch because they would always screw up her order.  
I will never forget our week long senior school training in North Carolina, and the epic road trip.  Work is never complete hearing stories about her lovely daughter Evan.  She was so proud of her and I will never forget the funny stories back in the day with her husband John  
Tara would always remind me to not look down at myself and I will always remember "when you get knock down Lisa you replay the Tara tape".   In her honor I will work even harder to believe in myself and to make the most of what I have.  Thank you Tara for everything I love you and miss you very much."

This tribute was added by George Coles on 10th July 2015

"I just remember Tara being that smart and articulate one. She left us way to soon!"

This tribute was added by Lynn Brooks on 10th July 2015

"Tara, you will be truly missed and forever in our hearts. I've always admired you... your calm presence, your quick wit, and the way you maneuvered through this thing called life with your truthful and honest approach. The heavens are brighter now that your spirit is there. Keep smiling down on those who love you."

This tribute was added by Stefanie Byrd on 10th July 2015

"You will always be in my heart!!!"

This tribute was added by John Hatchell on 10th July 2015

"I am so thankful that Tara chose me to be her husband.  I miss everything about her."

This tribute was added by Maria Agostino on 9th July 2015

"I will always remember our talks about what Evan was going to get next at Build a Bear and how we would compare the catalogs saying did you see what's coming out. You were always excited about what Evan had gotten and still wanted to get. What a great person and coworker Tara was. . You are in my thoughts and prayers. Evan I will miss that and think of you every time I go to Build a Bear. God hold you in his hands and help your family through this time."

This tribute was added by Ida Cummings on 9th July 2015

"You will forever be in our hearts."

This tribute was added by R'chelle Cyrus-Hughes on 6th July 2015

"In honor of Tara, a college fund has been established in the name of her thirteen year old daughter, Evan Hatchell. Contributions may be made to any Bank of America by using the following safe, stand-in Account #446033942443 and ACH Routing #052001633. Thank you."

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R'chelle Cyrus-Hughes

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Arnitaaa Hughes


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