, Newburyport, MA

February 5, 2014

Mary Jean (Plouff) Hudson, 89

Newburyport — Mary Jean (Plouff) Hudson, 89, a lifelong resident of the Newburyport area, passed away peacefully at Anna Jacques Hospital on Monday, February 3, 2014. Her loving family has entrusted her into the hands of her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Jean was born in Newburyport on November 8, 1924, and was the youngest daughter of Henry Francis and Agnes Lyons Plouff. She graduated from Newburyport High School with the Class of 1941. She was married on May 28, 1944, to Donald G. Hudson, of Newbury. She attended Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene in Boston, and pursued a 45-year career as a dental hygienist in Newburyport, Haverhill and Hampton, N.H.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Donald, and their three children, Paula Hudson Chambers and her husband, Karl Dennis Chambers of Newburypor, Donald P. Hudson and his wife, Robin Hudson of Merrimac, Mass., and Laurel Jean Hudson and her husband, John Clark of Atlanta, Ga. She is also survived by dear grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Donald and Jean have been longtime members of the Byfield Parish Church in Georgetown, where Donald was an Elder and Jean was a Deacon. Together they helped build the facility in which the church now meets and they established the church’s first modern library where Jean was a librarian. For 15 years, they were the owners of The Prospector Christian Bookstore, first of Prospect Street, then of Pleasant Street in Newburyport. Jean also established and led many Bible studies for women.

They built their own home on Scotland Road in Newbury, where Jean pursued her interests in gardening, flower arranging, entertaining and sewing. Jean was known as an “extraordinary woman at using her time efficiently” – being a wife, mother, grandmother and friend – managing a household and a career, pursuing hobbies, traveling, and honoring her commitments to God, church, family, and community with vigor and grace.

ARRANGEMENTS: In lieu of calling hours, or a funeral, there will be a private interment and a springtime memorial service will be scheduled to honor Jean's life. Details will be posted in this paper when they are available.

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