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Mary Ella Hudson


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Mary Ella Hudson Obituary
Our precious Mother, Grandmother and Great Gran, Mary Ella Hudson of Ruidoso, New Mexico, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2018, at Mescalero Care Center surrounded by family and her loving caregivers. She was born Mary Ella Sawyer of Dallas, Texas on December 15, 1921. She was preceded in death by her adoring parents, J.C and Pauline Bell Sawyer of Jasper, Texas and the love of her life, Albert Clyde Hudson.

They moved to Ruidoso in 1967 and Mary worked as the bookkeeper for the Ruidoso Municipal Schools for over 20 years. She loved her co-workers and Pat Valliant, the Superintendent during her tenure. She was an active member of the First Christian Church and was involved in any class taught by her dear friend, the talented Katherine Finley. She is survived by her two children, Susie Edwards Black of Ruidoso, New Mexico and Ballinger, Texas and James R. Proffitt of Ruidoso, New Mexico; five grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Mary was a natural athlete from her earliest days. In grade school she was known to carry her textbooks under one arm while turning cartwheels down the sidewalk with the other. She loved retirement and made the most of everyday. She never missed an opportunity to play golf or bridge with her many friends and often won the golf tournaments due to her skillful "short game". But times with her grandchildren were her happiest of all. Gran was always eager to play Yahtzee, cards of any kind, tennis, golf, or head out on a fishing adventure. She was a regular lap swimmer at Cree Meadows Country Club pool into her 80's. She loved the horseraces and she spent hours studying the forms and sharing strategies with her grandchildren over a picnic, while listening for "post time" on the radio. She inspired us, she made us laugh and she loved us with all of her being. She left an indelible mark upon each of us. To know her was to love her and we will always carry her memory in our hearts. We take great comfort in knowing she will be reuniting in heaven with those she loved so dearly. There will be a family memorial service over Thanksgiving in Dallas, Texas to celebrate her life.
Published in Ruidoso News on Nov. 7, 2018
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