Mary Hudson

Mary Nell Hudson

April 10, 1940 - April 26, 2020
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Mary Nell Reed Hudson, age 80, of Pine Bluff, left this earth for her heavenly home on Sunday, April 26, 2020.

Born in the Woodlawn community on April 10, 1940, she was a daughter of the late John Oren Reed and Mary Gladys Ryburn Reed. She graduated from Woodlawn High School in 1958.

Mary Nell had a 40 year-long career in banking in Pine Bluff, having worked as a loan officer and supervisor for the National Bank of Commerce (and its successors, Worthen Bank and Trust Company and Boatman’s Bank). She had also worked for several Savings and Loan businesses. She retired as supervisor of receptionists for Wilson and Associates Law Firm in Little Rock.

She was a longtime member of Eastside Baptist Church and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.

In addition to her parents, Mary Nell was preceded in death by her loving husband of 56 years, Paul Wright Hudson on December 31, 2018; a son, Paul R. Hudson; and four siblings, Helen Gibson, Robert Reed, Havis Reed, and Rufus Lee Reed.

Survivors include a son, Scott Hudson of White Hall; a daughter, Mary Martin (Bill) of Hot Springs; a sister, Lily Faye Upshaw of Little Rock; a brother, John David Reed of Hot Springs; and five grandchildren, Grey Hudson, Reed Hudson, Luke Martin, Alexa Martin, and Emerson Martin.

Graveside services will be Thursday, April 30, 2020, 2:00 p.m. at Friendship Cemetery in Cleveland County with Brother Josh Dutton officiating. Arrangements are by Fuller Hale-South Funeral Services.

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  • Service

    Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, April 30, 2020 2:00pm
    Friendship Cemetery
    Friendship Cemetery
    Woodlawn, AR
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  • Interment

    Friendship Cemetery
    Friendship Cemetery
    Woodlawn, AR
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Elaine Elmore

Posted at 04:49pm
Scott, you are in our thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss.
Tommy and Elaine Elmore

Trudi Dixon

Posted at 11:53pm
Mary and Scott, my heart goes out to you in this very sad time. I always loved your mom and enjoyed our time together. I am so glad I had a quite long conversation with her after Paul’s death. You both are in my thoughts and prayers. I have fond memories of y’all growing up at the salon. Stay strong.

Lynn Penny Carter

Posted at 09:00pm
Mary and Scott, your mom was such a sweet person and such a part of our Broadmoor neighborhood years! Prayers for peace and comfort during this difficult time. 🙏❤️

Patsy Stone

Posted at 05:08pm
Scott and Mary Beth I am so deeply saddened to learn of the death your mother and my dear friend. I treasure the many good times we enjoyed. It started with sorority and continued through ball and all the things that went
with your growing up years. So sorry that I cannot be with you during this time. She as well as you are deeply loved. Patsy Stone.


Posted at 04:06pm
Everyone who was lucky enough to have known my Mother at any point throughout her life, knew she was a very, very special person. She truly was my "rock." She did everything within her power to keep us safe and together. She was 110% family driven and I could literally do no wrong. Now my "rock" has gone home. I love you momma. Thank you for putting up with me and my terrible ways, through thick and thin, with no questions asked! I cannot wait to see you and Daddy again. I love you. Scott

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