Pauline Hudson was born February 22, 1936 in Decatur Mississippi to Arch and Elizabeth (Bess) Evans – both who preceded her in death. She was one of twelve siblings. Under the guidance of her loving family, she accepted Christ as her savior at an early age.
Pauline was raised in Mississippi until she came to San Francisco, California in her early teen years. She graduated from Mission High School. At Mission, she met Welthan Lee Hudson (W.L.). After graduation, they married and had three children. W.L. was called to the ministry and founded the Emanuel Baptist Church, where she became First Lady. The two went on to work in ministry together as he pastored several churches.
Pauline had a phenomenal life. As a teenager, she excelled even then in her gift as an anointed speaker and teacher. She was noted for her work at 1st Friendship Baptist Church and in the National Baptist Convention of America. Pauline would go on to hold high ranking positions as District, State and National President for the Young Women, Junior Mission, Women’s and Senior Mission ministries – acquiring numerous awards and accolades along the way. She travelled across the U.S. and abroad as a sought-after speaker building God’s kingdom. As a pastor’s wife, Pauline was devoutly dedicated to the Minister’s Wives and Minister’s Widows organization on local, regional and international platforms. All the while, she served alongside her husband building their ministry, worked a full-time job as a procurement specialist at the Department of Defense, and raising three children.
Pauline’s generosity was unsurpassed – she was always giving. She would offer her home to family – helping them to have a start in life. She gave of her time and resources – always helping those in need. She was an extraordinary woman.
Teaching us all to never give up, Pauline returned to school later in life to obtain her BS and MS degrees in Social Work from Fresno State University. She applied her learning with purpose in a second career, nurturing children as a foster parent, and serving the elderly and infirmed in the Hudson Board and Care Home.
Pauline departed January 27, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband Reverend W.L. Hudson. She leaves to mourn their four children: Beverly Hudson, Debra Hudson Osikominu (husband Femi), Damon Lamonte Hudson (wife Camille), Jacquie Hudson Mundley (husband John); two granddaughters: Brandy Palmer and Kaelah Mundley; five grandsons: Marcus Ketchens, Damon Lee Hudson, Jonathan Hamilton, Gregory Hudson and Kollan Mundley; two great-granddaughters: Leyla Hudson and Trinity Hudson, many beloved nieces, nephews, goddaughters, loving caregivers and wonderful friends.
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