Rosalie Ann Hudson_______________
Rosalie Ann Hudson, age 69, of Yankton, S.D., passed away with her family by her side at the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton June 16, 2014.
Rosalie Ann was born August 12, 1944, in Philip to Edwil Dale and Evelyn (Gartner) Stephenson. She was baptized at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Philip and confirmed at Lutheran Memorial in Pierre.
She graduated from Riggs High School, Pierre, in 1963 and then moved to California where she met the love of her life. Ann and Dick (James Richard Hudson) were married January 4, 1964. They celebrated 50 years of marriage this year. They were blessed with three children, Rick (Joanie) of Tyndall, Joe of Yankton and Tonya Anderson of Sioux Falls; three granddaughters, Tasha Bollack of Beresford, Brittany Anderson of Sioux Falls and Olivia Hudson of Yankton; two great-grandchildren, Kendal and Airyanna Lineback-Bollack, both of Sioux Falls; three stepgrandchildren, Taera, Kiefer and Travis.
Ann was a gifted artist with her paintings and cake decorating over the years. As her Multiple Sclerosis progressed, she was unable to continue with these and began quilting. She organized a weekly sewing group at their church, which was an outreach to women of the community.
Ann enjoyed gardening, cooking, spending time with family and friends. She shared her love of Jesus by teaching Sunday school and helping others. Her door was always open, as was her heart.
She began a Christmas store, where kids could shop for their families without any cost to them. This is now a nonprofit organization dear to her heart. Her wish is that this will continue to grow to help more area youth.
Ann is also survived by her mother, Evelyn (Gartner) Henrichsen of Willmar, Minn.; sister, Wynn (Tom) Harder of Willmar; sister-in-law, Tommy Hudson (Betty Fitzgerald) of Sunrise Beach, Texas; and many nieces and nephews and their families.
She was preceded in death by her father and brother, Mark.
A celebration of Ann’s life was held Saturday, June 21, at the Riverview Reformed Church in Yankton with Pastor Jeffrey Hubers officiating.
The Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory, Yankton, were in charge of the arrangements.
A memorial has been established to the Christmas Store, c/o Dick Hudson, 3813 Peninah St., Yankton, SD 57078.