Mary Jane Brister-Hudson

Mary Jane “Janie” Brister-Hudson, 87, of Kingwood, TX had a stroke last Tuesday, August 2. She crossed over Jordan at 9:07 AM Thursday morning, August 11, 2016 while her daughters, Phyllis Boerm and Teresa Bogeman, held her hands. 

Janie was born to Ethel Naomi (Blankenship) and James Franklin Brister in Pleasanton, TX on October 15, 1928 into a family of Scotch-Irish descendants who loved to work and play hard. They never shirked a challenge. The farm they lived on in Atascosa was originally state land awarded to two great uncles for their service in the Texas War for Independence. Janie’s ancestor, Daniel J. Brister married Ellen Elizabeth McMurray, daughter of William and Bridget Fox McMurray, and great granddaughter of Empresario John McGloin. One of the Brister progeny, Captain Nathaniel J. Brister, died at Goliad with Fannin March 27, 1836. When Margaret Brister Goynes gave five sons to the South’s effort in the Civil War, it was said, “Bristers died with their boots on.” Janie carried this birthright of accepting challenge throughout her life. She leaves this historic legacy to her posterity.

On the day Janie met Bill (William Earl Hudson) in Three Rivers, Texas shortly after he came home from World War II; it was love at first sight. They married on December 29, 1945, a dedicated love that lasted seventy and ½ years. Retiring as a Tool Pusher, Dad followed the oilfield. After their children finished school, Mom obtained a beautician’s license and operated her own beauty shop in Edinburg, Texas. Our parents loved going to their children’s school and church events and supporting their grandchildren. Their door was always open to the large extended family and friends. Family gatherings will never be the same without Janie’s fabulous “bread pudding” and sweet potatoes. Janie and Bill loved fishing together and watching the Houston Astros, Texans, and Rockets. It’s anybody’s guess who was the bigger fan, Mom or Dad. We will miss her and her wonderful laugh. She had a special way of seeing the lighter side.

Janie, last of her family’s generation, was preceded in death by her father James Brister, her mother Ethel Brister, three brothers (Roy, Eugene, and Jimmy), and two sisters (Naomi and Dollie). Also preceding her were two daughters Linda Dorene McGeorge and Janis Elaine Tuttle. She is survived by her husband Bill, son Richard Earl “Hud” Hudson (Janis) of Keller, TX, and two daughters, Phyllis Ann Boerm of Kingwood, TX and Teresa Lee Bogeman (John) of Kingwood, TX, grandkids, Pamela Lynn Valenti, Scott Allan Hudson (Tonya), Jason Wayne Hoover (Meredith), Bradley Don Hudson (Billy Jo), Daniel Eugene Hoover (Carla), Shelley D’Ann Carroll (Brian), Jennifer Laine Selph (Michael), Shanna Michele Averre, Randall Shane Hudson, Rodney Royce Boerm (Heather), Dana Andrew Hudson (Kari Ann), Valerie Lea Ann Tooke (Chris), Jonathan Ryan Hudson (Lois), Kathryn Marie Averre, Jessica Lee Averre, Randy Dyllon Fomby, Christian Dominick Fomby, stepgrandsons, Boyd Craig Bing (Jeanne), Donald Kevin Bing (Kim), Aaron Douglas Bing (Brandi), 36 great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.

Pallbearers for Janie are: Michael Selph, Boyd Bing, Rodney Boerm, Jason Hoover, Daniel Hoover, and Chris Tooke.

Services are under direction of Brookside Funeral Home and Cemetery, 13747 Eastex Fwy, Houston, TX 77039. Visitation is set for 4-5 p.m. Friday, August 19, 2016 for family only, 5-8 p.m. friends and loved ones. Funeral Service at Brookside Chapel Saturday, August 20, 2016, 10 a.m. with Pastor David Hudson of Victoria, nephew of Janie Hudson, officiating. Burial at 11 a.m. in the Brookside Cemetery. A reception site will be announced at the funeral.

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