STRATTON -- Lylas Elaine Hudson, 72, died Wednesday (April 16, 2003) at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.
She was born March 18, 1931, in Wauneta, to Frank and Meta (Christiansen) Norman, and later moved with her family to their farm near Hayes Center. She was a graduate of Hayes Center High School.
On Aug. 10, 1949, she married Delmer D. Hudson at Hayes Center. When her husband returned home from serving in the U.S. Navy, she moved with her family to Palisade. They later moved to Benkelman, where they both worked for Southwest Public Power; he as line manager, and she as dispatcher - a job she held for more than 25 years. Following retirement in 1990, they moved to Wauneta. After her husband's death in 1999, she continued to make her home in Wauneta. In May of 2002, she moved to her residence in Stratton, to be closer to her family.
She was active at the senior centers in both Wauneta and Stratton.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Frank and Meta Norman; her husband, Delmer; sister, Marcella; and brother, Wendell.
Survivors include her daughter, Ronda and husband, Gaylord Vrbas of Stratton; sons, Randy Hudson and wife, Sally of Benkelman and Richard Hudson of Grand Island; sister, Betty and husband, Bob Carey of Palisade; brothers, Bud Norman and wife, Marilyn of Faribault, Minn., Jim Norman and wife, Cleone of Rochester, Minn., Merle Norman and wife, Anna Mae of Zumrbo Falls, Minn., and Elgin Norman and wife, Jean of Rochester; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Saturday, at 9:30 a.m. (MDT) in the Forch Funeral Home Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Bernard Lorenz officiating. Interment will follow services at the Palisade Cemetery in Palisade.
Memorials may be given in her name.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.