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Betty Sue Hudson

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March 17, 1933 – Jan. 4, 2015

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Graveside services for sweet, loving and gentle Betty Sue Hudson, 81, who joined her savior Jesus Christ Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, at her home in Kimberly with her family at her side, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Buhl Cemetery for family and close friends.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. at Crossroads United Methodist Church, 131 Syrunga Ave., in Kimberly, followed by dinner.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Parke’s Magic Valley Funeral Home in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Mrs. Hudson was born March 17, 1933, in Natchez, the daughter of William T. and Ora Lee West. She was a loving mother and lifelong teacher.

She was a 1955 graduate of Mississippi University for Women with a degree in education. While in college, she pursued her love of music and sports, playing the clarinet in the jazz band and competing in tennis tournaments. After college, Betty started her teaching career in Florida. It was there in 1956, that she met Edwin Hudson, became close friends and later married, Jan. 10, 1959.

Over the next 24 years, Edwin and Betty lived all across the United States and Europe, raising their family, meeting lifelong friends and eventually settling in Idaho after Edwin retired as a Colonel in the U. S. Air Force in 1982. Throughout her life, Betty had a number of titles — daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. But no title in her life was more important than the one of “teacher.” For more than 27 years, Betty taught children across the U.S. and in the Netherlands how to read and write. Second to teaching, she was an active follower of Christ in the United Methodist Church. Her participation in the church included a number of years of singing in the choir. It was the Kimberly United Methodist Church where Betty, along with Edwin, made so many lasting friendships and found a permanent home to rejoice in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Survivors include her husband, retired Col. Edwin C. Hudson; two daughters, Danielle Drake and husband, Mike and Susan Wells and husband, Sumner; two sons, Steve Hudson and wife, Katherine, and Tom Hudson and wife, Cory; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Billie Ann Foster; and one brother, Tommy West.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Betty Sue Hudson Scholarship Fund at Crossroads Methodist Church would be greatly appreciated.

Online condolences may be sent to magicvalleyfuneralhome.com.