Carol Lee Hudson

December 12, 1952March 29, 2020
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Carol Lee Hudson, 67, retired kindergarten teacher, died Sunday, March 29, 2020 at her home in Lakeway, Texas. She was born on Dec 12, 1952 in Brownsville, Texas to parents Stanley Spencer Hudson and Evelyn Ray (Hays) Hudson.

She is survived by her sister Jo Anne Settles, her brother Stanley Hudson, niece Peggy Edge (Bruce), nephews Phillip Settles (Berenice), Preston Settles (Sarah) and great nephews Dillon and Jacob Edge and Charlie and Spencer Settles and David Hudson. Additional survivors are the many cousins with whom she grew up. She was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather Mike Sullivan, brother-in-law Billy Settles, and numerous aunts and uncles.

Carol graduated from Brownsville High School in 1971 and from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1974 with a degree in elementary education. While in college, she encountered Early Childhood and Kindergarten models. Here is where she found her special calling. Carol taught kindergarten in the BISD schools, in Houston and, then spent 27 years at schools in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia for Aramco. Throughout her career she employed creative learning centers for young children to begin to comprehend concepts that laid the foundation for later learning of math, science, physics, art, sociology, geography, reading, poetry, cooking, and music – to name a few. Certainly not the traditional readin’, writin’, and ‘rithmetic. While she did not have her own children, she considered her well over 1,000 kinders as part of her family.

The family clan was a major part of Carol’s life. The bevy of cousins – “the herd” we called them were the same as brothers and sisters and the aunts and uncles the same as parents. This crowd had several celebrations each year with each family hosting the group. These gatherings were her most special memories while she taught overseas. When she returned to the Austin area, she relished hosting them herself.

She was the ultimate planner. While in Saudi during the Gulf War she helped establish support excursions into the desert to treat the troops to bar-b-que burgers and hot dogs. Another pleasure she facilitated was to host many soldiers in employee residences for a hot shower, home cooked meal, and a phone call to their hometowns. She was active in organizing the annual Consulate Marine Balls and Black & White Balls. She also served for over 20 years as a member of the Board of Directors and the Social Chairwoman for the American Business Association Eastern Province – Saudi Arabia.

Carol also participated in the theater productions with the Camille Playhouse in Brownsville, planned events for friends and co-workers, and eagerly presented programs to various groups on aspects of Arabia and other cultural traditions. Besides cultivating friendships and planning events, Carol had two other loves: caring for the less fortunate and world-wide travel. She completed her goal of visiting every continent. Her favorite place on the planet was Antarctica – the ice and penguins were “mesmerizing.” When she returned stateside, she became an involved member of the Lakeway community through various organizations that had educational trips, appreciated fellowship, studied local flora and fauna, supported educational scholarships, and provided assistance to those in need.

The family, on Carol’s behalf, wants to extend a special thank you to Texas Oncology-South Austin, Radiology team of St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, Texas Home Health, Company Players of Camille Playhouse, the many friends who helped with caregiving, and the many others who visited and offered support to her and us.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 8, 2020, at Weed-Corley-Fish Lake Travis Chapel.


  • She is survived by her sister Jo Anne Settles, her brother Stanley Hudson, niece Peggy Edge (Bruce), nephews Phillip Settles (Berenice), Preston Settles (Sarah) and great nephews Dillon and Jacob Edge and Charlie and Spencer Settles and David Hudson. Additional survivors are the many cousins with whom she grew up. She was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather Mike Sullivan, brother-in-law Billy Settles, and numerous aunts and uncles.


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, August 8, 2020


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John Javorek

August 7, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family as the day of this memorial for Carol approaches.

Ms. Hudson touched so many children and co-workers where we taught together at Dhahran Hills School for so many years.

John and Renee Javorek
Chesterfield, Missouri

The words below are so fitting for Carol Hudson:
"Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives."

Jeanne and Dick Ebner

August 4, 2020

We are so very sad at the loss of our sweet and faithful friend Carol.

Carol was a friend, a coworker and one of the family. She was our 4th child who called us on our birthdays every year and sang to us "Happy Birthday" in Arabic. We laughed often and a lot.

Carol was a strong lady who knew how to get things done and enjoyed doing it. She had a hand in everything from planning Kindergarten Beach days to Dhahran Consulate 4th of July parties, Desert Storm Cokes and Jokes remote area troop support runs on the weekends and working the lights for the Dhahran Theater Group . The list goes on and on.

Carol was the best babysitter our kids ever had... they listen to her.

She remains an important part of our family and we will all miss her smile, thoughtfulness and kind heart .We will never forget Carol, our 4th daughter.

Love you always and forever Carol,
Jeanne & Dick Ebner and Family

Sharon Potenza

August 1, 2020

I was surprised to see that it looks like I have not shared a memory of Carol here. I have known her since she arrived in Dhahran in the late 70's as we were both educators in the Aramco Schools system. What a treasure she was to a librarian because she stayed for the Storytime and helped with book selection. Many teachers took the time for a break but she enjoyed what insights I had to offer into the world of Children's Literature. That is just a tiny bit of my delightful experiences with her over the years.... what a fabulous party giver and organizer she was! No task was too much. It is a true loss to so many that she had to leave us far too soon.
I am so very sorry to miss her Memorial Service as I know she planned it to perfection! Well... that is not the only reason. It would have been wonderful to meet her incredible family and reunite with Aramco acquaintances. Her soul must be warm with all of the wonderful memories here. Rest In Peace Ms Fabulous Kindergarten Teacher and Friend . I miss you all the time!


July 23, 2020

Carol, beautiful, outgoing, always lending a hand, giving, gracious, exceptional hostess, many more descriptives of a life that was full.
Remembering when she first came to be an Expat member and found peace and support upon her return back to the States with many others experiencing the cultural shock of being an expatriate. It was always so much fun whenever she hosted an event at her home as we got to see the "world" in her many collections....most memorable her Christmas collection!
Thank you Carol, for the honor of your friendship and life. So many memories flood my mind and I smile. I am betting you are already a major influence in Heaven with helping out with the abundant "committees"!

Lisa Sanfilippo

July 2, 2020

I knew her ever since I was little. I used to call her “Aunt Carol”. She was a family friend. She taught with my mom, Gail Hunter, in Saudi Arabia. She was a great lady. She was a big Disney and Hallmark Channel fan, just like me! My mom and I even went to Disneyland for Halloween with her. I’m going to miss her dearly.

Carolyn Roy

May 24, 2020

I worked with Carol when she was a kindergarten teacher in Dhahran. Great teacher and person. Sorry to hear of her passing.

Lauren (Yelle) Mills

April 13, 2020

Ms. Hudson was my kindergarten teacher in Saudi Arabia in 1988. I remember how kind she was to me that year and also some of the amazing activities we did in her classroom (probably not a lot of kindergarten teachers make that kind of impression!). She was also a friend of the family and I have a lovely memory of sitting in her lap around a campfire with my family while camping at the beach. Not only did she make my kindergarten year happy, but she was a strong influence on my later desire to become a teacher myself. 💗

Jane Clark

April 5, 2020

I taught at Dhahran Hills School with Carol for around 15 years, was in a chapter with her in Beta Sigma Phi and have been doing yearly reunions with her since 2011. Carol was passionate about her students and the learning of young children, the life of any party and most likely the one who coordinated that party, be it at the Consulate or in Bahrain at one of the many balls.
Carol loved life, champagne, her family, friends and the students she taught. She leaves a large hole in our hearts and she will truly be missed.

Peter Kean

April 4, 2020

Back in 1989-90 , I must have said "Ms Hudson" a thousand times at Dhahran Elementary. She was an amazing teacher, that to this day I recall her smile and upbeat personality. She was not only my first teacher, but she was one of a handful that I have fond memories of.
She touched the hearts of many, and may she now rest in peace.

Rita Steininger

April 4, 2020

I have such fond memories of Carol as we spent many hours together in my hair studio in Dhahran for as long as I can remember her living there.
Our laughs and intimate conversations could go on for hours and I always looked forward to being with her wonderful sense of humor and great stories and adventures she shared.
Food was always involved.
Carol will live on in our hearts as a great woman of substance.
You always knew where you stood with her as she was incredibly honest and trustworthy. Always ready to help in any way.
A beautiful legacy that will be remembered by all.
One incredibly talented woman... I was very blessed to know her.