HODGES, Denie Haroldine "Denie" (Dudley) Hodges died on July 30th at the age of 89. Born January 7th, 1925 in the steel mill town of Weirton, West Virginia, she was the daughter, of Harold W. Dudley and Gertrude F. (Shepard) Dudley. Denie lived in Weirton until the age of 23, whereby she attended and graduated from Follansbee High School and West Liberty State College; both schools located in WV. During her sophomore year of high school, she participated in a school sponsored "pen-pal" program, and began correspondence with a boy from California named Jim Hodges. She continually wrote to Jim all through her high school years, college, and even while he served in the U.S. Army during WWII. She finally met Jim "face to face" in 1947; when upon his return home from the war, he took a train ride into Weirton to see her. At that time, Denie was employed as a school teacher for Marland Hts. Elementary; where she had been teaching 3rd grade for several years before finally marrying Jim on August 4th, 1948 and then moving with him to California. Denie and Jim lived in Sacramento and celebrated 54 years of marriage up until Jim's untimely death in 2002. Denie retired in 1986, having worked as a kindergarten teacher in Sacramento for 30+ years. She loved being around children. Besides teaching, Denie loved music, was an avid dancer, and a terrific card player. She was a life-long member of the Central United Methodist Church (Sacramento) and served many years as church treasurer. Denie was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Harold Dudley Jr., and her husband, Jim. She is survived by her sister, Virginia (Dudley) Marston, Weirton, WV and several nieces and nephews. The family members would like to express their gratitude to Denie's neighbor, MaryAnn and Steve Beck (Sacramento) for their kindness, generosity, and care of Denie during these past several years. A memorial service will be held in her honor at 9:am on August 16th , at the Central United Methodist Church, located on H Street, Sacramento. All are welcome.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Aug. 13, 2014