MALLARD -- Funeral service for Beatrice Hudson was held Monday, Feb. 24, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mallard. The Rev. Neil Hayen officiated.
Interment was in Powhattan Cemetery, Plover. The Harris Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Beatrice Christina Truelson Hudson was born in Havelock on Nov. 26, 1917 the daughter of Andrew and Rosa (Hacker) Truelson. She quit school in 1934 to help her mother raise her three nephews and one niece following the death of their mother. Beatrice also was a nanny for a few young mothers.
Beatrice married Raymond Hudson on Jan. 1, 1939, in the Lutheran Parsonage in Mallard. They had two children, Stella Mahoney and Duane Hudson of rural Rolfe. She was a farmer's wife and raised a lot of chickens each year, selling them to many area families. She also dressed many chickens for Joyce's grocery store in Emmetsburg. Beatrice and Raymond farmed northwest of Emmetsburg for 15 years, then moved to rural Havelock and farmed the Truelson farm there for 18 years. In 1978 they retired to the Hudson farm north of Rolfe. The couple enjoyed playing cards with neighbors. Bea made several hundred grandma and grandpa dolls out of Ivory bottles. She sewed the clothes for these dolls and sold them at the Chik Tok in Emmetsburg for many years. She loved baking and was famous for her chocolate chip cookies.
Beatrice and Raymond entered Lakeside Lutheran Home in March of 2007, where Raymond passed away in July of that year. She continued to live there until her death. Ray and Bea both loved their grandchildren. The grandchildren spent many days at the farm walking beans and playing cards. They always had a lot of fun with their grandchildren there where Bea made mud puddles for them to play in. She would wash up their clothes before sending them back home. They loved their great-grandchildren as well, even taught them to play cards (golf), a fun game for the younger ones to be able to play. They also played a lot of aggravation, and the kids always thought it was fun to send their opponents back to the beginning, and a lot of laughs were had by all.
Beatrice is survived by her two children; seven grandchildren: Denise Mahoney of Lake Park, Debi Ylitalo of Chaska, MN. Denita Pirie of Milford, Rick Mahoney of Atlantic, Wendi Hudson of Milford, Pam Wolff and Nathan Hudson both of Emmetsburg; 15 great grandchildren; sister, Clara Mae Smith of Escondido, CA, and sister-in-law, Pauline Truelson of Grove City, MN. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Hudson, son-in-law Richard Mahoney, sisters: Luella Brown, LaVon Swecker, Bernice Plummer (her twin), Eleanor Dailey, brothers: Raymond, Andy, and Henry (Hank) Truelson.