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Tuesday December 15th, 2015
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Paula Grace Hudson

Paula Grace Hudson, age 74, passed away on February 11, 2017. She was born on February 16, 1942, in Paris, Texas to Paul Otto George and Velma Grace Adams. She was of the Baptist faith and a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

As their only surviving child, Paula’s childhood was filled with exploring nature and nurturing others. Whether she was helping an elderly relative, sewing and gardening with her mother, or tagging along with her father’s Boy Scout troop, Paula found wonder and joy in her earthly world. As she grew up, her parents made sure that she could manage a tractor and prepare a savory meal. Her love of collecting cookbooks began at this early time in her life and continued until her departure. As a mother, she instilled qualities of knowing the names of flowers, trees, birds and butterflies, as well as the appreciation of an interesting recipe. Her lifelong love of reading was a constant force as she always had a novel, biography or inspirational book within reach. This dedication to learning has been one of many lasting gifts that she encouraged in her children.

Paula graduated from Commerce High School in 1959 and immediately enrolled in what was then East Texas State University where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi. She majored in Home Economics and Secondary Education and graduated from college when she was barely twenty years old. Paula continued on to complete her Masters of Education, and she later received another degree in English. Paula’s teaching career began in 1963 in Dallas. She later taught at Celeste High School, but took a break to rear her seven children. In 1985, Paula reentered the teaching profession at Commerce ISD as a reading teacher, and she finished her career as she began it, teaching Home Economics at her beloved Campbell ISD. She retired in 2015 having touched countless lives.

On February 6, 1965, Paula married the love of her life James Guy Hudson in Durant, Oklahoma, and they settled in Commerce. Their union of fifty-two joyful years served as a model of how marriage should endure. Together they brought seven children into this world who will continue her legacy of love and grace. Her happiest times were when she was surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She knew that if she threw together one of her scrumptious meals, there would always be a cheerful crowd to enjoy it. Paula and Jim took parenting as their most important contribution to their children and grandchildren. Spending time together in God’s glory and helping others are attributes that her children owe back to her. If you were ever a student in Paula’s classes, you knew that you were one of her children too. Love had no boundaries with Paula.

Paula is survived by her husband Jim Hudson and her seven children: Jeffrey Paul Hudson (Tamie) of Grandview, Jennifer Elaine Hudson Martin (Andy) of Commerce, James Robert Hudson (Denise) of Aledo, Jason Guy Hudson (Emma) of Cumby, Jeanette Maryanne Hudson Burnett (Philip) of Ladonia, Jon Thomas Hudson of Little Elm, and Janna Beth Hudson of Dallas. She is also survived by her eleven grandchildren: Jonathon Hudson, Amelia Martin, Hanna Hudson, Lauren Hudson, Sarah Martin, Hope Hudson, Ashlyn Hudson, Abby Hudson, Halle Hudson, Katie Burnett, and Jaxon Hudson.

She was preceded in death by her parents and infant sister Mary Ann George.

Paula’s family will receive friends and loved ones on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, from 5-8:00 pm at Jones-Walker Funeral Home in Commerce, Texas. The celebration of Paula’s life will be Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at 1:00 pm at the First Baptist Church in Commerce. A graveside service will follow at Rosemound Cemetery.

“Love is patient, Love is kind.” 1 Corinthians 13:4


Tuesday, February 14, 2017
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Service
1209 Live Oak
Commerce, TX 75428

Funeral Service

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
1:00 PM

First Baptist Church - Commerce
1401 Washington Street
Commerce, Texas 75428

Interment Service

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
2:00 PM

Rosemound Cemetery
501 Pritchard Road
Commerce, Texas 75428

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Paula was a wonderful woman, wife, mother, teacher--such a peaceful person. Everyone loved Paula and will always be remembered dearly. She is God's now.

Sarah & Buddy Jones Feb 15 2017 12:00 AM

Our hearts and prayers are with each and every single one of you. Paula was truly a blessing each one of us will cherish. Gods love, Shanna Romans Morris

Shanna & Randy Morris Feb 15 2017 12:00 AM

I called Paula Mrs. H & Jim Mr. H. It was a blessing to have Paula as a personal friend. When I lost my wife of 40 years in 2008, Paula was one of my crutches I used often, she helped me through some hard sad times. We lost a great Lady, but she is in a better place. Prayers for the Hudson family. RIP

Strike Franklin Feb 14 2017 12:00 AM

I was so fortunate that one of Paula's daughters used Google to locate me in Corpus Christi, Texas, over 10 years ago and Paula and I began communicating through snail mail renewing our friendship that existed when we were teenagers in Commerce. After my move to Granbury I was able to visit Paula in her home and meet Jim and her children. What a wonderful meaningful life this family shared. Through Facebook I have enjoyed reading about her husband, children and grandchildren, viewing her love of feminine 1950's fashions, and learning her thoughts on life and after life. So sad now to say good bye to my longtime friend.

Sondra Kay Adair Kimble Feb 14 2017 12:00 AM

Janna : I am really sorry about your loss God bless your mom and Rest In Peace

Nora Torrescano Feb 13 2017 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Miss Paula's passing. Jason & I spend most of our school years together, and I am glad to say I got to know Jeanette better in high school. May God grant you all peace and strength in the days to come.

Renee Wilson-Carmichael Feb 13 2017 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers for you all during this time.

Davia Means Madariaga Feb 13 2017 12:00 AM

Sending love and prayers to this wonderful family in this time of need.

Barbara Leonard Feb 13 2017 12:00 AM

Please know that our prayers for peace, comfort, and strength are offered to the Lord on your family's behalf during this time of loss. What an amazing legacy Paula has left for you all to hold dear and treasure. May the Lord, Himself, hold your hearts close and surround you with His love and peace. Eddy and Lois Hooker

Eddy and Lois Hooker Feb 13 2017 12:00 AM

What an incredible legacy this lady left for her seven children and grandchildren. I know they were very proud to call her mother and grandmother. Much love and prayers for each of you as you say good-by and look forward to seeing her again one day. I know each of you have great memories. I love you my "old soul" friend Jenny Martin. Donna

Donna Jackson Feb 13 2017 12:00 AM

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