February 14, 1894

April 25, 1994

Etta May Hudson

Etta May Hudson, the only daughter of John David and Francls Charity Hudson, was born on February 14, 1894. In a one room log house on the Montgomery farm in the community of Flat Creek, Missouri.

On October 30, 1911, at the age of seventeen, Etta married Roy E. Harris. They established residence on the Cope Farm on Carney Branch. Eight children were born to this union, Retha, Lowell, Mildred, Doyle, Noel, Marie, Ueal and Lorene.

Etta and Roy moved to Southern California where Roy was employed, first in the orange and walnut orchards in and around Rivera and then, as an oil worker in the Montebello area. This required their moving around a lot. They were living In Montebello, California, when thelr second daughter, Mildred, was born and in Whittier, California, when their son, Doyle, was born. In 1922, they moved to Oklahoma and then back to Missouri in 1924. In 1926, they returned to California, settling in Garden Grove where they lived for about six years. They returned to Missouri and were residing on the Marvin Hilton Farm when Etta and Roy were separated and subsequently divorced.

On June 23, 1944, Etta married Bill Smith and they moved onto a farm near Crane, Missouri. From there they moved to Aurora, Missouri. After the death of Etta's father, John D. Hudson, she cared for her blind mother. Bill died on March 31, 1961, and was buried in Crane Cemetery. Etta continued to care for her mother until her death in 1964. Etta lived alone in Aurora, Missouri, until she died on April 25, 1994, at the age of one hundred. She was buried in Crane Cemetery.