Golden wedding anniversary celebrated |

Golden wedding anniversary celebrated


Jim and Judy Hudson of South Lake Tahoe celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Sept. 5 during a family gathering at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.

The couple met in 1948 while attending Dana Junior High School in San Diego, Calif. Judy graduated from high school in 1953, and in that same year Jim was drafted into the U.S. Army. After Jim competed basic training, the two eloped to Yuma, Ariz., where they were married Sept. 5, 1953, by the Yuma Justice of the Peace. They took a one-week honeymoon to the Bahia Hotel in San Diego before Jim was shipped off to Korea, where he spent 1.5 years.

Their first child, Julie Hudson Woons, was born in 1956, and their second, Jeffrey Hudson in 1961. They now have two grandchildren, Makenna Woons and Ryan Hudson.

The Hudsons moved from San Diego to Lake Tahoe in 1973, after enjoying many summer vacations in the area. Judy worked as a 21 dealer at Harrah’s for 21.5 years, retiring in 1995. Jim worked for the Sahara Hotel & Casino and later at Harrah’s as a painter. He retired in 1985.

Jim was one of three siblings — all boys — born one year apart in the 1930s. He was born in 1933 to Herschel and Venice Hudson at San Diego. Judy was the first child of three — one sister and one brother. She was born in 1935 to Leonard and Allene Grape at Leavenworth, Kan.

The Hudsons lead a busy retired life with raising their grandson, Ryan, a personal business and their hobby of collecting antiques, which they love. They also enjoy traveling throughout the National Parks and other beautiful sites of the United States. Their favorite song is “Only You” by the Platters, but they also enjoyed listening to Billy Eckstine and Patti Page in their courting days.

When asked why they think their marriage has lasted 50 years, Judy said, “I haven’t made it easy, I’ve made it interesting. You just keep them guessing.”

Jim said, “Aren’t you supposed to be married forever? I take marriage very seriously, as an oath.”

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