The Rev. Sonja Hudson (Class of 1990) died January 29, 2014, at the age of 75. She was at her home at Heather Glen Assisted Living in Arden, North Carolina., and in the care of her daughter, Rhett Hudson, and her family. Hudson was born on June 12, 1938 in Hazelwood, North Carolina. She attended Mars Hill College, UNC Greensboro, and UNC Charlotte, and taught kindergarten for many years in Stanly County, where she and her former husband, Elton Hudson (now of Winston-Salem), raised their two children, Scott and Rhett.
The second “book” of Sonja’s life began with her service to The Episcopal Church, beginning at Christ Church, Albemarle, North Carolina. After graduating from General, she served in North Carolina at St. Stephen’s and St. Cyprian’s in Oxford, St. John’s and St. Cyprian’s in Franklin, St. Andrew’s in Rocky Mount, and St. John’s in Haw Creek, Asheville, North Carolina. Sonja also served in Washington State at Trinity in Everett and St. John the Baptist in West Seattle.
Sonja is survived by her children, Rhett Hudson, and her husband, Chris Weaver, and their sons, Aidan and Noah Weaver, of Asheville; and Scott Hudson and his wife, Miranda Newbauer Hudson, and their children, Max, Eli, and Cleo Hudson, of Vashon, Washington. She is survived as well by her brother, Jack Snyder, and his wife, Jan Snyder, of Winston-Salem, and by extended family and many dear friends in North Carolina and beyond.
As a priest, Hudson loved working with children and youth and ministering to the elderly and the sick. She was a life-long advocate for social justice, peace, and equality for all people.
Hudson is remembered by her family and friends for her sense of humor, her quietly rebellious spirit, and her gift of seeing beauty in nature, in handmade things, and especially in people. She lived a life of kindness, innocence, forgiveness, and courage. In these ways and many more, Sonja served the Lord well. The gifts of her life ripple outward in the many lives she touched.
Her family would like to share their deep gratitude to the staff at Heather Glen, Four Seasons Hospice, and Memory Care for their skillful, devoted, and loving support during Sonja’s last years, months, and days with us. Even as Sonja’s Alzheimer’s disease progressed, her life was full of joy because of their care.
Sonja Hudson's memorial service will be held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 219 Chunn's Cove Road, in Asheville, North Carolina, on Saturday, March 22nd, at 11:00 a.m. The family is hosting a lunch in the parish hall following the service. If you can attend, please use this link to RSVP.