Gloria Jean Hudson
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Gloria Jean Hudson on Sunday, October 3rd, 2021, at the age of 78. Gloria passed away peacefully at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton, NB, after what she described as "the best week of her life". With full awareness of her destination, she spent her final days visiting with family and friends through messages, video and phone calls, as well as a parade of intimate, one on one conversations with her dearest friends, family, brothers, and all of her children by her side. If only everyone could experience as satisfying and graceful an exit as hers.
Born January 2nd, 1943 in Summerside, PEI, she was the daughter and eldest of three children to the late James "Jim" Elmer and Essie Joy (Dalton) Hudson of Cascumpec, PEI.
Gloria is survived by her 6 much loved children, Lynda and Mick Lord; Heather with her children Taylor and Charlotte; Rosemary and Roberto Bruno and their child Sofia; Sara with her children Ashley, Morgan, Rowan, and Duncan; Leslie and Kenny Titus with their children Milo and Georgia; James and Tracey Landry with their children Evelyn and Isabelle; Gloria’s children’s father; her two brothers and two sisters-in-law, Leigh and Sylvia (Graham) Hudson, Jim and Debbie (Hill) Hudson; many nieces and nephews - who were all made to feel as peers in a group of elite VIP’s with Aunt Gloria; and many cousins to whom she offered a similar experience.
Aside from her parents, she was also predeceased by an infant grandson, David.
Gloria grew up in Cascumpec, PEI, near to her grandparents at the Hudson homestead and surrounded by aunts, uncles, and cousins. In 1956, her father was transferred to Fredericton for work. Although she stayed and lived out most of her years in Fredericton, Gloria was forever an Island Girl and Cascumpec was her home. In the late 60’s, her parents returned there to build "The Camp", a cottage on Mill River where their extended family continue to enjoy its tradition to this day.
In Fredericton, she graduated as a Registered Nurse at the VPH School of Nursing with the class of ‘65, where she formed dear friendships that lasted her a lifetime. Her passion for care became a career spanning almost 6 decades in a variety of roles as a health professional. She later returned to school to follow another passion and earned her BA degree in Philosophy from UNB in 1988.
When Gloria and her former husband, Wayne Lockhart, moved into Elmcroft Place, there was room to grow and raise their family of six children. Here, she enjoyed entertaining friends and family and sharing her home. Hosting parties was something Gloria loved to do and she did it well! She was also very active in politics and with St. Paul's United Church. She worked hard as a single mother and took great pride in each of her children’s endeavours and accomplishments. Her grandchildren were her world and she’d often use her talents as a seamstress to make beautiful dresses and robes for them, as she’d done for her own children.
Gloria filled her life with joy through family, travel, culture, and new experiences. Whether it was the year spent in the Philippines as a new mother of 4, her pilgrimage to Graceland as a lifelong Elvis fan, or her most recent holiday visiting her daughter in Europe, she treasured her memories, keepsakes, and the closest of friends she made along the way.
Her focus over the last 2 years was completing an autobiography. Her wish is to have it printed posthumously. Without a doubt, Gloria left a very warm and lasting impression on the lives of everyone she touched. She will be greatly missed by all those who love her so much.
On behalf of Gloria's family, we would like to extend our sincere thanks and heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Zeeshan Aslam, the DECH ICU staff as well as the 3 East doctors and nurses for all their exceptional care and true kindness during the past few weeks.
In keeping with Gloria’s wishes, a gathering to share stories and celebrate her life will be held at McAdam’s Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 from 2 -5 pm, with live music and tributes from 3 - 5 pm. Due to current provincial regulations, proof of vaccination and identification will be required for entry to the gathering. You can watch the music, tributes and slideshows from the gathering at https://vimeo.com/627817179. At a later date the family will reunite Gloria with her ancestors in PEI. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the DECH Foundation.