Edna Mae Hudson
Edna Mae (Harbeck) Hudson, 88, passed away peacefully at 1:35 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at Alton Memorial Hospital under the care of BJC hospice.
Edna Mae was born March 22, 1925, in Oak Park, Ill., daughter of Henry and Wilhelmine (Feddersen) Harbeck. She completed nursing school in 1947 at Wesley Memorial Hospital in Chicago through the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps program. She married Harold R. Hudson Jan. 17, 1948, in River Forest, Ill.
As a newlywed, Edna Mae worked as a registered nurse in San Diego, Calif., where Harold was stationed in the U.S. Navy. When they returned to Harold's home town of Wood River in 1949, she assisted him in the early years of his dental practice. After her four sons were born, she found a way to balance motherhood and career by working as a night nurse at St. Anthony's Hospital in Alton, coming home each morning to see the boys off to school.
Throughout her life, Edna Mae expressed a deep concern for the welfare of others. She was active in church work and in her sons' classrooms. She cared for both her mother and mother-in-law as they advanced in years. Neighbors knew they could count on Edna Mae to keep in touch; always ready to offer moral support, practical help, or whatever might be needed. Edna Mae was a thoughtful caller and faithful correspondent to many friends and acquaintances over the miles and across the years, offering love and prayers.
Connecting with others was very important to Edna Mae, and she took a sincere interest in just about everyone she met. Even a visit to the doctor's office would begin with questions, not about her own health, but about how the doctor was faring and how the children (whose names she probably knew) were doing in school.
Edna Mae treasured her contacts with her large and diverse extended family. She was especially close to her many nieces and nephews, taking a great interest in their lives as they grew and raised children of their own. As each of her own boys left the nest, she and Harold frequently visited them and their growing families wherever they were stationed or settled.
Edna Mae is survived by her husband of more than 65 years and their four sons, Paul (Jan) of Peachtree City, Ga., Tom (Janna) of Deerfield, Ill., Steve (Becky) of East Alton and and Mark (Donna) of Charleston, Ill., as well as six grandchildren: Jeffrey, Becky, Andy, Dan, Brianna and Ryan Hudson.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Daniel, Helen, John and Mary.
The family will gather for a graveside service at Woodland Hill Cemetery in East Alton. A memorial service celebrating Edna Mae's life will be held at Marks Mortuary on Saturday, March 22, 2014, which would have been the occasion of her 89th birthday.
The family requests that memorial gifts be made to BJC Hospice or the Salvation Army.