Bertha Marie (Hall) Hudson(1929 - 2017)

Bertha Marie Hall Hudson, age 88, of Clayton, DE, went to be with her Heavenly Father Friday, November 24, 2017.

She was born on October 14, 1929 in Elkton, MD to Fletcher I. and Edith Gray Hall.

She graduated from Elkton High School and from Beacon Business School and then began working at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in Wilmington, DE.

She and J. Wallace Hudson married in 1949 and lived in Elkton and Millington, MD, and then Clayton, DE while raising three sons.
Bertha was a dedicated member of Ewell's-St. Paul United Methodist Church for over 50 years. She was very active in the Ladies Morning Circle and served as Treasurer for the Circle for many years. She baked and donated countless dozens of cookies for their annual cookie walk fundraiser and enjoyed helping at the Circle's annual yard sale and bake table where her cinnamon sticky buns were legendary. Bertha was an invaluable worker in the kitchen for church dinners and was a dearly loved member of her church family.

Bertha was also a Lifetime Member of the Clayton Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary for 43 years and received a Lifetime Service Award in 2013 and Outstanding Lady of the Year for Kent County Ladies Auxiliary for 2014.

Bertha worked in Food Services for the Smyrna School District for 23 years and retired as cafeteria manager of Clayton Elementary School in 1989.

In addition to cooking, Bertha enjoyed needlework, reading, and visiting with her wonderful friends-in person and on the phone. She often helped others and visited homebound friends. She also enjoyed participating in activities at the Lillian Smith Senior Center in Clayton.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Fletcher B. Hall and a sister Katherine M. Hall. She is survived by her loving husband Wallace; her devoted sons and their wives, W. Stephen Hudson (Louise), Barry G. Hudson (Sherri), and Mark J. Hudson (Marian) all of Smyrna, DE; two grandchildren and their spouses, S. Christopher Hudson (Jessica) of Smyrna, DE and Amanda H. Schulze (Charles) of West Windsor, NJ; four great-grandchildren, Grayson and Gavin Hudson and Nora and Lila Schulze; and a sister and her husband, Jane H. Schwartz (Frederic) of Frederick, MD. This precious wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend will be profoundly missed.

Burial will be private at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Smyrna, DE.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 12 noon at Ewell's St. Paul United Methodist Church in Clayton, DE, where friends may visit with the family two hours prior.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ewell's-St. Paul UMC Morning Circle, PO Box 466, Clayton DE 19938; Clayton Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary PO Box 1050, Clayton, DE 19938, or Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.

Condolence letters may be sent by visiting

Published in the Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times from Nov. 29 to Dec. 8, 2017