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Morton Chapel Linn
Sunday November 14th, 2021
2:00pm - 4:00pm

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Grace Virginia Hudson

Grace Virginia Hudson nee Nelson, age 102, passed away Monday, November 8, 2021, at Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur, Missouri with her granddaughter by her side.

She was born February 4, 1919, in Dent Co, Montauk, Missouri. Grace was the seventh child born to William Marion and Susan Caroline (Bain) Nelson.

Grace went to school until she was in the 8th grade then became the teacher when her teacher went on maternity leave. Around the time she was 14, the Hudson family purchased 40 acres at Montauk and with the help of her family’s saw mill they built the Montauk Hotel, owned and operated by her future father-in-law. She then worked at the hotel cleaning, making beds and washing dishes.

This is where she met her first love of her life. She married William F. Hudson, Jr. in 1935 at 16 years old. She continued to work at the hotel until she was 18. Then her and William moved to Valley Park, Missouri. William worked in construction for Grace’s brother, Willie Nelson. She was a homemaker then for several years.

During WWII they moved to Brownville, Texas due to William being drafted. She continued to be a homemaker where she would spend time sewing for people. After the war ended, they moved back to the St. Louis area. They had a son, William F. Hudson IV in 1950. When Bill was a toddler, she would do jobs outside the home. Besides sewing for people, her and William owned a Bowling Alley in St. Clair, Missouri. As Bill grew, they sold the bowling alley and she took a job as a secretary with an insurance company where she then got her insurance license.

Grace then moved on with the encouragement of that company to get her real estate license. Grace sold real estate until she was 75. She was in the million-dollar club for many years while selling real estate. After she retired, she went to live at Gambrill Gardens Retirement home. She did many things while at Gambrill Gardens, but the main one was she headed up the quilting department. Grace lived there on her own until she passed away.

Grace enjoyed quilting since she was 6 years old, sewing, fishing, bowling, avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and spending time with her family.

She was a member of the Fenton United Methodist Church for 70 years.

Grace is predeceased in death by her mother and father, her husband, her son, 5 brothers and one sister.

She is survived by her granddaughter Carrie Hudson Pacini and her husband Matt of Linn, 3 great grandchildren Kaytlinn, Trenton and Lilly Pacini of Linn, Daughter in Law Debbie (Monroe) Hudson of Linn, nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 14, 2021, at Morton Chapel in Linn.

Arrangements are under the direction of Morton Chapel, Linn, Missouri (897-2214) www.mortonchapel.com

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Debbie, Carrie and family you are in our prayers. Jim\'s Aunt Grace was a special person. Jim and Grace were more like pal\'s instead of nephew and aunt. We will miss her Christmas cards that were more like a diary than a card; she wrote about all the things she had done the past year. When Grace was in her mid 90\'s we visited her in her apartment and it was spotless, she did her own house work. The last time we saw Grace was on her 100th birthday; she did not look a day over 80 years old. It was a pleasure to visit and talk to Grace. Now all we have is memories.

Jim & Karen Nelson Nov 14 2021 4:41 PM

Grace was a wonderful person, so full of life. She really lived and brought light into every situation. What a blessing to have known her.

Rev. Lee A. Porch Nov 13 2021 12:35 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.

Marilyn Malan-Jackson Nov 13 2021 8:12 AM

So stay for your loss but what a involved life. I never got to see Grace very often. Maybe at a Nelson reunion. Sure did not know she was involved in so many things in her life. I suppose I am the oldest one now in the Lee Nelson family.

Paul Nelson Nov 13 2021 6:29 AM

Sorry for your loss. Grace was my dad's (Lee Nelson)sister. She is the last of all my aunt's and uncles on both my parent's sides of the family. I found the obituary very interesting and didn't realize her connection with the building of the hotel at Montauk. I really didn't know her very well as they always lived away but did manage to follow where she was over the years. She sounded pretty amazing.

Carolynn Becker (Snooky) Nov 12 2021 10:32 PM

I would like to let the family know how sorry I am for your loss. Your grandmother was my grandfather Lee's last living sister. I remember meeting her at my mother's Betty Sorrell's funeral a few years ago.

Diane Sorrell Melson Nov 11 2021 7:33 AM