The following article was published in the Big Spring Daily Herald on Sunday, March 17, 1940:
Service This Morning For Mrs. Dan Hudson, Auto Mishap Victim
Death on the highway struck with stunning swiftness Saturday, to claim a member of one of the city's most popular couples. She was Mrs. Dan Hudson, wife of the manager of the Settles hotel, killed instantly when the car in which she and her husband were riding overturned as he swerved the machine to avoid hitting a steer which had darted onto the highway. The mishap occurred some 15 miles east of Ranger, on the near end of the new Weatherford cutoff south of Strawn, about 7:15 a.m. Mr. Hudson was rushed to Ranger, where word of the tragedy was telephoned to friends in Big Spring. As the car hurtled off the pavement and overturned, Mrs. Hudson was thrown clear of the machine, and was crushed under it. She was 42 years old. Mr. Hudson escaped with arm lacerations and body bruises. News of the tragedy cast a pall of sorrow over this community, which had welcomed Mrs. Hudson into close friendships. Admired as a young woman of quiet charm and gracious manner, she had established a wide circle of friends in the 16 months she had made her home here with her husband. They came to the Settles on November 16, 1938. Previously, they had been at hotels in Dallas, San Antonio and Fort Worth, and Mr. Hudson is prominently known in hotel circles over the state. The body was returned here in an Eberley coach Saturday, and brief funeral services will be conducted at 9:30 this morning at the Eberley chapel, by Dr. D. F. McConnell, pastor of the First Presbyterian church. Named as honorary pallbearers are R. R. McEwen, Dave Eastbourne, B. L. LeFevre, Sam Goldman, Roy Townsend, Harvy Williamson, Bob Whipkey, Burke Summers, E. V. Spence and Grover Dunham. The body will be taken overland today for burial, after rites at 10 a.m. Monday, in the Wheatland cemetery, near Lancaster, Dallas county, under direction of a Lancaster funeral home. The rites will be said at the home of Mrs. Hudson's mother, Mrs. Rosa T. Stuart, at De Soto, Dallas county. In the nearby Wheatland cemetery are interred Mrs. Hudson's father, and a daughter, who succumbed several years ago. Survivors, besides the husband and mother, are a sister, Mrs. J. P. Conley of Texon; and four brothers, R. J. Stuart and Jack Stuart of Houston; E. P. Stuart of Dallas, and R. O. Stuart of Texas City. Mrs. Conley's husband is known as "Snipe" Conley, one of Texas baseball's outstanding figures. The Saturday mishap was the tragic termination of a trip that had been planned as a combination civic and pleasure jaunt. The Hudsons were to have joined a group of Big Spring people at the Fort Worth Fat Stock show Saturday, to assist in advertising this city's stock show and the forthcoming West Texas chamber of commerce convention. They were at a dinner party Friday night, when word from the hotel headquarters in Galveston authorizing the trip, and the couple decided to start for Fort Worth at once. They drove to Cisco to spend the night, then had resumed the journey early Saturday morning. Close friends of the two, Mr. and Mrs. R. R. McEwen, went to Ranger on receiving word of the tragedy to accompany Mr. Hudson home.