Jeanne Hodgson

Jeanne Hodgson

Jeanne Hodgson, 81, of Tucson Arizona, passed away on December 29, 2013. Jeanne was a long time resident of Long Beach California before moving to Tucson in her retirement from over 50 years as a Registered Nurse. Born in New Jersey to Ellsworth and Elizabeth Snyder on October 21, 1932; she is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Lois Simons, and by her former husband's Clyde Givens and Donald Hodgson. Jeanne graduated from Mound Park Hospital School of Nursing in St. Petersburg Florida in 1953 at the age of 20 and began to pursue her life-long dream of being a nurse. Jeanne lived to care for the needs of her patients. Her career would take her to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Southern and Central California, and Okinawa, Japan. In 1969/1970 she would become one of an initial set of nurses trained in coronary and critical care. Jeanne was considered a leader in this field and trained many other nurses (and some doctors) over the course of her career. She proved time and again that Nursing was a highly respected science and that any nurse could hold her own with the doctor at the bedside. She is survived by her son Chris Hodgson and his partner Jeff Luellen; nephews Bob Simons and Scott Simons and first cousins Jack Rue, Peggy Lohse, and Bob Rue, and their children. Memorial arrangements are planned for January 27, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Long Beach, 241 Cedar Avenue, Long Beach, California, 90802. Please sign the guestbook at www.presstelegram.com/obits.

Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Jan. 17, 2014