Born on December 2nd , 1910- Died January 22nd 2014- Age 103 years. She was born in North English, Iowa , the daughter of Agnes Gilchrist Smith and Ross Smith (both deceased). Irene was the oldest living graduate of North English High School. She was a graduate of Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She taught 2nd grade for 9 years. In 1937 she met the love of her life, the Reverend Leslie Hudson, a Disciples of Christ minister. After their marriage they served many churches in several states. Their last church was First Christian Church of San Mateo, California. After they retired, they managed Normandy Apartments in San Mateo. Les died in 1987, but Irene continued as apartment manager until 1995. Irene worked as a volunteer at Samaritan House until her death. She drove her car until she was 102. Irene was a member of First Presbyterian Church of San Mateo. Irene is survived by her sister-in-law, Grace Hudson Mahannah,five nephews: Stephen Mahannah, Robert Hudson, Lewis Hudson, David Hudson, and William Hudson, plus many grand nieces and nephews. Irene was well known and had a wide circle of close friends. Her friend, Mira Joncich, who was like the daughter she never had, enabled Irene to maintain her independent life style. Service at First Presbyterian Church of San Mateo Saturday, Feb.15th at 1 PM. Donations to the First Presbyterian Church of San Mateo, Samaritan House, or donors choice of charity in lieu of flowers. Cremation with burial at sea.
I had a wonderful life, rather long But in my heart Jesus put a song. It was sent from heaven above andI sang it with lots of love. Love of home, work, and times of play Twas exciting, what more can I say. My steps had gotten quite a bit slow, But with my hand in His, I tried to go through my life come what may. I tried to share with others every day. Some days were good, some a little bit bad, But with His love, I tried to do it-and I’m glad.