Nancy Espey HudsonDecember 15, 1931 ~ February 15, 2018 (age 86)
Nancy Espey Hudson was reunited with her dear husband of sixty-nine years, Jim Hudson, on February 15th, 2018. Nancy was preceded in death by Jim by only thirteen days. They are now together forever in the presence of their Savior, Jesus Christ. Nancy was born on December 15, 1931 in Harlingen, Texas to Harry Woods Espey and Evelyn Irene Dodson. She grew up in San Benito, Texas and participated in athletics and excelled academically in high school. She married her high school sweetheart before moving to Houston, Texas, where Jim was employed. Nancy devoted herself to her family and church. Together Jim and Nancy raised five children and now have fourteen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. Nancy was known for hosting large family gatherings and cooking healthful meals. She realized the dangers of refined sugars and processed foods long before it became a fad to avoid these food additives. Her family was raised on homemade breads and foods sweetened with honey. Whole fruits and vegetables were plentiful, and dessert was often Ruby Red grapefruit from the Rio Grande Valley. Nancy was an accomplished seamstress, and each child and grandchild cherishes the quilts she made and the smocked baby clothes. No project seemed too large for Nancy. She even recovered furniture when fabric became worn. Nancy’s gardening skills were outstanding, and all the grandchildren were taught the names of the flowers in her yard. Blackberries and blueberries were picked from bushes as well as fruit from the trees. She loved all animals but didn’t particularly care for the gophers that ate her fruit tree roots. Her devotion to family and ingenuity is an inspiration to the entire family.
Nancy is survived by a brother, Harry Espey of Houston, TX, another brother, Larry Espey and wife Doina, of San Antonio, TX, and a sister, Sandra Knight of Cambridge, MA. Nancy is survived by her five children, son J. Harvey Hudson, Jr. and wife Donna, daughter Nancy Beth Ellis, son Charles E. Hudson and wife Becky, daughter Eve Skelton and husband Tom, and daughter Kathleen Naberhaus and husband Dan. Nancy and Jim’s children, fourteen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren will sorely miss them, but they are rejoicing that their Gram and Pa are together again after only a brief separation.
Nancy’s body will be interred beside her husband in Klein Memorial Park in Pinehurst, TX. Her family is planning a reunion to honor her in a few weeks. Any desire to honor Nancy is requested to be made in the form of a donation to the Christian charity of your choice.