Eula B. Hudson, 89 (1922 - 2012), of Jacksonville, IL, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. The Hudson family is a group of long-time society pony enthusiasts with the pony pursuits stretching back well more than 50 years.
Mrs. Hudson was born Sept. 17, 1922, in Jacksonville. She was the daughter of George T. and Rose Agnes Taylor Megginson. On October 1, 1946, Eula married Wm. R. Hudson in Jacksonville, and he preceded her in death May 22, 1984.
Mrs. Hudson is survived by one son, Dr. Wm. J. (wife, Jan) Hudson of Jacksonville; one daughter, Vicki (husband, John) Millik of Jacksonville; two grandchildren, Wm. T. "Tim" Hudson of Oxford, Ohio, and Scott Justin (wife, Emily) Hudson of Jacksonville; and one great-grandson, Jack Phillip Hudson.
Mrs. Hudson and her husband owned and operated Hudson Dairy in Jacksonville, IL, for many years. She worked as secretary at the dairy and managed the office while her husband made the daily deliveries.
The Hudsons owned J-Ville Pony farm and showed Shetland and Hackney ponies. Each summer the Hudson family traveled throughout the Midwest to compete at society horse shows. Mrs. Hudson was the coordinator of all the show-related activities for each family member, making sure each person completed his or her role. Despite overseeing that operation, Mrs. Hudson still found time to be a primary exhibitor for the farm. The Hudsons’ J-Ville Pony Farm was home to many noted show champions. The family also raised several well-known winners under the J-Ville prefix including J-Ville Playboy and J-Ville Cherry Boy. Even today, some in the younger generations of the Hudson family work with ponies, and the family had a winner at the Illinois State Fair just last summer.
Mrs. Hudson had a full and active life beyond the dairy and the family’s pony hobby. She was a longtime member of the following: the Central Christian Church, the Order of Eastern Star and the former Delta Nu Chapter of Delta Theta Tau. The Hudsons were members of the Jacksonville Country Club where Eula enjoyed playing golf with her husband until his passing and then later socializing with friends.
Mrs. Hudson’s funeral was held at Williamson Funeral Home, with burial at Memorial Lawn Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Central Christian Church or the International Association of Firefighters Local 637. Condolences may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com.