Carol Lee Hudson
December 12, 1952 – March 29, 2020
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.
Saturday, August 8, 2020
Carol Lee Hudson
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
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
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, friend....plus 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"!
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.
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. 💗
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.
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.
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.
JOHN AND RENEE JAVOREK
April 4, 2020
We worked with Carol for almost 20 years in Dhahran.
Carol was an incredible teacher and more generous that words can describe.
Renee and John Javorek
April 4, 2020
Ms. Hudson was my kindergarten teacher in the early 80’s in Saudi Arabia. My memories of her and that time are more vivid than many years since then. She was a fantastic teacher. I’ll never forget her big smile and loud laugh and all the fun activities she had us do! I’ve thought of her often over the years and wish we would have been able to connect. My condolences to her family!
April 4, 2020
Carol was a wonderful and fun person that we met in KSA. She will be sadly missed.
April 4, 2020
Carol was a special lady and passionate about everything she got involved in whether it was her love for teaching, volunteering, party planning, decorating and so much more. She never met a stranger. I feel so fortunate to have gotten to know her and worked with her in Saudi Arabia and then ironically retire within 3 miles of each other in Austin. I will miss her smiling face. Rest In Peace sweet friend.
April 3, 2020
You’ve reached the end of the journey and can fondly look back on the lives you touched. Never forget when we made stone soup together, and you added real stones into the kettle. It was the best soup ever. Now Rest In Peace knowing that lots of your students won’t forget you and the fun days we shared in Kindergarten. 😘, Megan Cantrell
April 2, 2020
Ms Hudson (I still think of her by that name) was my kindergarten teacher in Dhahran in 1986-87 (and also for my sister 2 years before). I remember her fondly, and always enjoyed seeing her as I grew up over the years and returned for visits in high school / college. Quick-witted with a dry sense of humor, and always at the center of a good time. I ran into her a few years back here in Austin, and introduced her to my wife. Such a trip to see those worlds and years come together in that moment. Thank you, Ms Hudson for being the special kind of person and teacher that you were and for giving me some very special memories. My thoughts and love to the family. Be well!
April 1, 2020
Carol was special,empathy creativity and love were her motto and she expressed it in her everyday life and in in her wonderful travels
She work hard and she gave so much ....even to the penguins in antarctica
words are not enough to express the hours and the help she did for the expat community
we are honor to have share part of her life........she left us with many lessons to be learnt
April 1, 2020
At the Aramco reunion, HAFLA 2016, it was announced that the 2018 reunion would be held in Austin, Texas. In less than a minute, Carol came to us to volunteer to help in any way she could. So typical of Carol!!
Of course, we put her to work and she co-chaired the excursions for HAFLA 2018 as well as helped in so many ways with hospitality, baking and decorating special cookies for each attendee, and working to make our reunion a success.
Carol had a heart for people and celebrations. Christmas will not be the same without her parties, her many decorated Christmas trees, and her welcoming spirit. I will miss Carol very much!
April 1, 2020
As I walked off the plane in Saudi Arabia I was telling my husband to just get me a return ticket NOW! Carol was one of the many teachers there to meet us. They were so welcoming that I decided to give it a week. The week turned into 12 years. I was hired to teach kindergarten and after one day together, Carol and I were finishing each other’s sentences. Over the next several years, Carol laughed with me, cried with me, and most importantly answered my question, “ what the hell do I do now”? She was my mentor, my friend, and my sister. I will miss her.❤️