‘Where’s mummy,’ asks three-year-old as for­mer Mis­sWales dies at just 39

Western Mail - - NEWS - Owen Evans news­desk@waleson­line.co.uk

AFORMER Miss Wales has died sud­denly at the age of just 39. Me­lanie Hughes’ hus­band said she was a “kind, gen­tle and lovely soul” and that their en­tire fam­ily has been left “ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated” by her death.

Mrs Hughes, from Ewloe, won the Miss Wales ti­tle in 1997 when she was Me­lanie Jones. She died on Sun­day at the age of 39.

North-east Wales coro­ner John Git­tins has been in­formed of her death.

Mrs Hughes’ hus­band Rick, 49, told the Daily Post: “Mel was a lovely soul. She was kind and gen­tle. Mel was so kind-hearted and had time for ab­so­lutely ev­ery­one. We are ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated at the loss of such a won­der­ful spirit and will never ever for­get her.”

After win­ning the Miss Wales ti­tle, Mrs Hughes com­peted at the Miss In­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Tokyo.

She also acted and had pre­vi­ously had parts in TV pro­grammes in­clud­ing Coro­na­tion Street and Cold Feet.

The cou­ple had a three-year-old son, Kaden, and Mrs Hughes was also step-mum to 16-year-old Tay­lor.

Mr Hughes said: “Kaden doted on his mummy. He is ask­ing where mummy is.

“We had a hol­i­day of a life­time two months ago in Dis­ney World Florida with my fam­ily and I am so glad we did as that has so many pic­tures with so many mem­o­ries.

“Mel was bet­ter look­ing than all the Dis­ney Princesses and she will al­ways be my Miss Wales.”

The cou­ple got to­gether 10 years ago aDid both grew up in Holy­well.

Mr Hughes said it felt they had known each other “for­ever”.

He said: “We got en­gaged at the Trevi Foun­tain in Rome a few years later and mar­ried in June 2011 at Green­field Church.

“The hon­ey­moon was in Mau­ri­tius where Mel’s mum, Jo­tee is from and ob­vi­ously all of Jo­tee’s fam­ily.

“Mel had never been to Mau­ri­tius so made per­fect sense to have our hon­ey­moon there.

“We stayed at a ho­tel but had dif­fer­ent days meet­ing Mel’s beau­ti­ful Mau­ri­tian fam­ily who she had never met. It’s an ex­pe­ri­ence I will trea­sure.”

Mrs Hughes worked at Kingspan in Green­field for 15 years and her hus­band said staff had been left dev­as­tated by her death.

> ‘A lovely soul’ – Me­lanie Hughes at Dis­neyWorld with hus­band Rick, son Kaden and daugh­ter Tay­lor

> Me­lanie with hus­band Rick on their wed­ding day

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