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Maxine Hudson

Obituary for Maxine Hudson

February 12, 1937 - April 26, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 81


Maxine Hudson was a fun person. And was beautiful both inside and out. She was special.

Loving wife to Ray, her husband of 60 years, their marriage produced a daughter, Kim, a son, Greg, and two granddaughters, Olivia and Camille, who all will miss her enormously.

Maxine relished her many friendships, each of whom felt they had a unique position in Maxine's heart, because they did. She made all her friends feel special and like each was her best friend.

She was an exceptional cook and relished the delight it gave to her guests. She was always the perfect host because she made her guests feel at home. She portrayed a traditional elegance that was never stuffy or pretentious but, rather, natural and reassuring.

Maxine had an amazing capacity to see things as they are....but she chose to focus on the positive in people and view the world with hope and optimism. She appreciated humor and could see the silliness in everyday situations and laughed easily — sometimes at herself but never at the expense of someone else.

While often easy-going, she could be tenacious and had a strong determination to support and fight for what mattered most to her. And she covered those things with a palpable sweetness that others could see and taste. She grasped the personal nature of hardship and her compassion was often active, as when she taught high school in a special education program for pregnant girls.

Maxine's faith was deep but private. And her character reflected that depth that was rooted, secure and resilient. Her love of all Texas Longhorn sports also ran deep and she exhibited it openly. We know she's already leading a happy "Hook 'em Horns!" Cheer in Heaven. Not simply a sports fan, she was an accomplished tennis player and excelled at all levels for many years. And she acquired and developed deep friendships along the way.

Maxine seemed to have boundless energy...until it was time to go to bed. She was definitely not a night owl but would always be the first person up in the morning, making the coffee, reading the newspaper and greeting the day with gratitude and joyful anticipation. And joy was reflected through her gifts as an artist, whose water color portraits had an uncanny ability to capture the inner character and soul of her subjects, whether person or animal.

She loved to travel and, with Ray, Greg, Kim and their families, covered the globe. Every place she visited always seemed to be her favorite. Her infectious passion made everyone's trip better and more memorable.

Maxine was born in Austin, moved to West Texas, where she was a wife, mother and school teacher and friend to many. Upon retirement, she moved back to her beloved Austin, which had sparked her imagination since her days at UT, where she was a sorority member at Zeta Tau Alpha.

A memorial service and celebration of Maxine will be held on Saturday, May 5th at Tarrytown United Methodist Church in Austin at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations may be made to Maxine's favorite institutions: Tarrytown United Methodist Church; UT College of Natural Sciences; Dell Children's Medical Center; or the charity of your choice.

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Suggested Memorial Donations

  • Tarrytown United Methodist Church; UT College of Natural Sciences; Dell Children's Medical Center; or the charity of your choice

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Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home North

3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705
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