Moriah Kae Hughes, 24, of Orem, Utah passed away Saturday, December 26, 2015 at the Intermountain Medical Center hospital in Murray, Utah, from injuries sustained in a car accident December 23rd. She was born May 2, 1991 in Hamilton, Montana, the daughter of Russell C. and Sherri D. Hughes.
Moriah was raised in Hamilton and attended Hamilton schools, graduating from Hamilton High School in 2009. She attended Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho, for two years and moved to Utah for employment and to be closer to siblings. Moriah married Alma Slade in February 2014 and they were later divorced in October 2015. She most recently lived with her sister, Jasper, and brother in law, Allen Peterson. Moriah loved being in their home and caring for their newly born triplets; this was a great joy to her.
While in Utah, Moriah was employed at various jobs, including her brother in law, Allen Peterson’s business, All Star Manufacturing and Design. Most recently she worked at In-N-Out Burger in American Fork, Utah. She enjoyed the fun and fast paced work environment there, and was successfully working her way toward a managerial position. The store had a close-knit team and her store held a memorial in her honor on December 29th. At the memorial, her co-workers and managers expressed their love and admiration for Moriah and spoke of her exemplary attitude and work ethic.
Moriah loved hiking in National Parks with her family and vacationing on the Oregon coast. As a little girl, Moriah would frequently take the lead in hikes, exploring the trail, and discovering the nooks and crannies of the paths. This began her love of running and athletic adventures. In Junior High and High School she participated in cross-country and track; her family loved to watch her long beautiful stride as she burned up the miles and also loved to watch her ponytail bounce along as she ran. In her early years of running, Moriah was proud of winning a ribbon at the Gene Hughes Invitational Track Meet; a track meet named after her grandfather.
She lettered all four years in cross-country and also participated in many events in track, with her 4x400 relay team winning 3rd place at the State track meet her Senior year.
Moriah adored her family’s cat, Tigger, and had a deep love for all living things. She was a gym rat and enjoyed spending time at the gym with her brother. She had her own ‘Moriah-isms’ and loved to change words or phrases to be funny, and had a smile that would light up a room. Moriah loved to make people happy and was very generous in doing so. As a little girl she would often give her last piece of candy away to a sibling or friend. This trait continued throughout her life and her friends often commented on her giving nature.
As a final act of generosity, Moriah was an organ donor and was able to donate seven organs to those in need. The family hopes the recipients of these life-giving organs will be able to enjoy many more Christmas’s because of her generous gift of life.
Moriah was a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and loved reading and learning from the scriptures. She loved her ward in Orem, Utah; they were especially helpful and loving to her and she valued their friendship and guidance.
Moriah was preceded in death by her Grandmother Mable Welch, her Uncle Ron Hughes, and her Grandfather Gene Hughes.
Moriah is survived by her parents Russell and Sherri Hughes of Hamilton; her sister Jasper and husband Allen Peterson of Orem, Utah, with their triplets Allison, Oliver, and McKenna; her sister Berkley Hughes of Hamilton; her favorite brother Jordan and wife Alyssa Hughes of Guthrie, Oklahoma, and their boys Carter, Gunner, and Kolter; her sister Naomi Hughes of Provo, Utah; her Grandmother Maurine Hughes of Hamilton; her Grandfather Don Welch of Hamilton; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.