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Dorris Dean Hudson

September 26, 1925 April 22, 2014
Dorris Dean Hudson
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Dorris Dean Hudson, age 88, of Altus, passed away late Tuesday evening, April 22, 2014, at Jackson County Memorial Hospital, in Altus.

Dorris was born in Vernon, Texas on September 26, 1925, to Dewey and Lettie (Boyd) Hite. Dorris lived a big life, but you never would have known it to talk to her. The oldest of 5 children, her father Dewey worked for the Public Works Department in Vernon when not fishing on the river. She grew up in small town Vernon, Texas and walked to school every day. She remembered walking past a house with a bird on the front porch that would greet all the children as they passed. She was working at Woolworths in Vernon when she met her husband to-be, Earl Hudson, who was also working there. They married in Kingman, Arizona during his flight training and she drove him to Wichita, Kansas to meet up with his flight crew on the newly built plane that they flew to England in World War II. When he returned and after a brief time in Enid where Earl was training Chinese pilots for the B-29, they were first stationed in the canal zone in Panama. She remembered taking a boat to get there on her first ocean voyage. They were then deployed to Kingston Jamaica where their first daughter was born. After that it was Tampa, Florida, where Earl built a cabin cruiser in the garage that they would sail out into Tampa Bay. While there, she met Jimmy Stewart and June Allyson who were filming the movie "Strategic Air Command", a movie where apparently Earl makes a brief appearance on the flight line. Jimmy Stewart had been Earl"s squadron commander in England, so she liked him, but she didn"t much care for June Allyson, who she described as "snooty". They lived across the street from Paul Tibbets, the man who dropped the first atomic bomb, and also met Curtis Lemay the head of SAC. Here they also had another daughter. They then were stationed briefly in Savanah Georgia, where another daughter was born, and ended their Air Force career in Plattsburg, New York where they had a son. They finally returned to Altus to retire from the Air Force in 1964.

Dorris, who had actually first earned her real estate license while in Tampa, began her career as one of the first female real estate associates in town in 1969-70, working for George Dempsey. She then sold real estate for Larry Meadows, Bill Ishmael and finally Iva Rodgers. She loved her work, shuttling people around town finding the right house for the people she often described as her "little couples". She is infamous around town for closing a deal, once rumored to have taken a man"s wrist watch as a down payment. When Earl passed in 1993, Dorris moved to the north side of town, where she enjoyed many years with her long lived cats Charley and Opus. She loved feeding the birds, and later the rabbit who moved in to her back yard along with the squirrel. She enjoyed long rides in the country side, looking at houses and worrying about the weather. She never mastered the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning. She always tried to see the good in everyone she met, almost never spoke ill of anyone, stayed cheerful and happy even when sick and never held a grudge against anyone. She will be very, greatly missed.

Preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter, Donna June Hudson; one sister, Joan Hite and three brothers, Dewey Hite, Don Hite and Keith Hite, she is survived by four children, Cynthia Berdan and husband Marty of Lakeway, Texas, Paula Smith and husband Mike of Altus, Janet Lethgo of Nashville, Tennessee and Robert Hudson of Altus; eight grandchildren, Lara Pumphret, Derek Berdan, Brad Smith, Kimberly Smith, Sarah Smith, Nathan Lethgo, Carolyn Lethgo and Bailey Lethgo; six great grandchildren, Brendan Pumphret, Emily Pumphret, Maddie Pumphret, Harper Lethgo, Caroline Berdan and Kyra Berdan along with many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Dorris Hudson will be at 11 a.m., Friday, April 25, 2014, at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home with Rev. Erin Martinez officiating. Following the services, Dorris will be cremated and her cremains inurned beside her husband in the Altus City Cemetery, in a private ceremony.

For family and friends not able to attend the service, Lowell-Tims will provide a live web-cast of the service beginning at 10:58 a.m. Friday. Go to and click on obituaries. Then click on Dorris Hudson. There will be a large button inviting you to join the web-cast.

Online tributes may be made to the family at

11:00 AM

Lowell-Tims Chapel
1100 East Tamarack Road

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