Arlene Hudgens was born on June 4, 1920, in Dallas, Texas, to Arthur John and Hattie Stopple. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas. She also studied art in Chicago and acquired accounting and bookkeeping skills from her father. Arlene met her husband to be, Hiram Lester (“Hy”) Hudgens, in Dallas where they were married on May 31, 1954. Having been blessed with two sons, John Daniel and Joseph Robert, the couple moved to Titus County, Texas in 1958 where they purchased a home and small ranch outside of Mount Pleasant, Texas.
This was quite the adventure for Arlene having grown up in the city and now tasked with raising two boys (ages 1 and 3) in the country. At the time Hy was employed as a traveling salesman and was generally away from home Monday – Friday. Consequently, Arlene assumed primary responsibility for raising the boys plus whatever came up at the ranch where the couple raised Black Angus cattle.
In 1966 Hy gave up his job as a traveling salesman in favor of the couple’s starting their own business, “Hy Hudgens Ranch Wear & Saddle Shop”. This family business operated successfully in Mount Pleasant for approximately twenty years from 1966 to 1986. Hy attended to customers on the sales floor, while Arlene primarily managed the bookkeeping responsibilities of the business. This was accomplished while chauffeuring her boys to and from school and otherwise taking primary responsibility for whatever needed attention in the home.
Upon her husband’s passing in 1994 Arlene sold their ranch house and built a home in what was then a new subdivision just outside Mount Pleasant. The new home was the best of both worlds – close to being in town with several neighbors but retaining an in-the-country feel which the once “city girl” had come to cherish. With her boys raised and the responsibilities of the family business in her past, Arlene now had time to further pursue her painting. While always very modest concerning her talent, Arlene was an accomplished artist producing numerous impressive works in both oil and watercolor.
She and Hy found their church home at Tennison Memorial United Methodist Church where they raised their family in the Christian faith. Throughout her life Arlene was an extremely generous person – giving of both her time and her treasure to help others and to fulfill God’s calling.
Arlene is survived by: her sons, John Daniel Hudgens and Joseph Robert Hudgens; daughter-in-law, Mary Moore Hudgens; and grandchildren, Ellen Arlene Hudgens, Stephen Allen Hudgens and Michael Lester Hudgens.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Bates-Cooper-Sloan Funeral Home in Mount Pleasant. A graveside service will be held on January 16, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Union Hill Cemetery in Mount Pleasant.
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