John Hudson

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John Hudson04/20/2014
John Benjamin Hudson, noted cattle breeder and livestock judge, died Sunday, April 20, 2014; he was in his 89th year. Hudson is survived by his wife Martha; children Todd, Betsey and her husband Jack Wengryniuk, Meloney, and Benjamin and his wife Aileen; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Hudson was originally from Knoxville, Iowa where his family’s Highland herd of Polled Shorthorns was internationally known. An admired evaluator of livestock, Hudson judged at the International, Eastern National, Polled Congress, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland state shows as well as numerous local and regional exhibitions. He was honored by awards for his dedicated support to FFA chapters, 4-H clubs, and agriculture philanthropies.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, April 22, at Royston Funeral Home in Middleburg and the burial was on Wednesday, April 23,2014 at Reisterstown, MD.

Martha Schreck Hudson, 87, of Middleburg passed away, surrounded by loved ones, Jan. 5, 2016, at Frederick (Md.) Memorial Hospital.

She was born Martha Belle Schreck on Oct. 6, 1928, in Reisterstown, Md.

Mrs. Hudson was a gifted singer who trained for a career in music while in high school. She put her career pursuits aside when she married John Hudson, a cattleman from Knoxville, Iowa, and from then on dedicated herself to being a supportive wife and loving mother. Together Mr. and Mrs. Hudson raised four children: Benjamin, Meloney, Betsey and Todd. Though they moved to a variety of different locations in their early years, the Hudsons ultimately settled in Middleburg, where they resided for 40 years.

Mrs. Hudson was a city girl who lived a country life and she brought forth her many talents to create a wholesome and healthy life for her family. She introduced her children to music and the arts, and encouraged them to explore their own passions in music, history, theater and art. A lover of literature and novels alike, she opened her children’s worlds with books and instilled in them a love for reading and learning. Mrs. Hudson was a marvelous seamstress and passed her skills on to her daughters. She gardened organically when it was first introduced back in the 1970s, and maintained a garden of some sort through her life.

Perhaps, Mrs. Hudson’s greatest joy and most noted talents were her cooking and baking. She was a culinary explorer who tried just about every recipe at least once. Mrs. Hudson was quick to smile to strangers and willing to lend a hand to those in need. She donated to many charitable organizations.

Her husband, John Benjamin Hudson, passed away in 2014.

Survivors include her son Benjamin Hudson and his wife Aileen, daughter Meloney Hudson, daughter Betsey Wengyniuk and her husband Jack, son Todd Hudson, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at Eline Funeral Home in Reisterstown, Md. A graveside service will follow at All Saints’ Cemetery in Reisterstown.