Sarah Elizabeth Ayala- Hodgson, lifetime resident of Jourdanton, passed away on July 24, 2020, at the age of 55 years and 8 days. Sarah was born on July 16, 1965, to Carlos and Magdalena Ayala of Jourdanton. She attended Jourdanton High School with the class of 1984.

Sarah was a very dedicated wife of 36 years to her husband, Bruce. She was a dedicated mother to her four boys, BJ, John, Matthew and Jarrett. She found her joy in cooking for her husband and family, even sharing pictures of her cooking ideas and home-cooked meals with her friends on Facebook. Saying Sarah was a cook would be an understatement with all her adventures and trials with cooking.

She loved her grandchildren with all of her heart. She was very creative when making gifts for her grandchildren and she would spend a lot of hours making sure it was perfect for them.

Sarah was a natural caregiver and had gained the respect of many families in the Jourdanton community for her loving attention to her work as a housekeeper. Sarah would turn her house cleaning skills into family caring skills, making many great friends along the way. She would speak with joy and laughter of the many elder people she cared for throughout the past years of her life. Sarah gained the care of love for others after she took amazing, loving care of her parents and her oldest sister, caring for them without complaint till the very end.

Sarah was happy in her hometown of Jourdanton, and preferred home with her husband Bruce more than any other place. When Sarah did travel she would turn it into an adventure filled with mystery. A trip Sarah made placing her “way” out of her comfort zone stands out to her family. She took a road trip with Ms. DeSpain who, had to coach and calmed her during the whole trip, as can be seen on her Facebook page. The two traveling buddies drove to San Benito to see the gravesite of Freddy Fender. When Ms. DeSpain passed away in 2018 Sarah displayed the love she had by posting how caring for someone will build a great relationship and friend.

Sarah was a dependable home-run hitter earning many home-run trophies during her time playing in the softball league.

Sarah was known to her family as a strong and tough woman. This strength would be displayed when she was diagnosed with cancer and she fought to the very end on July 24, 2020, surrounded by family at her home.

Sarah is survived by her husband of 36 years, Bruce Hodgson; her sons, BJ Hodgson and granddaughter Mackenzie Hodgson of Jourdanton, John Hodgson and grandson Bentley Hodgson of Jourdanton, Matthew Hodgson of Jourdanton and Jarrett Hodgson and grandchildren Jarret Hodgson, Jeremiah Hodgson and Serenity Hodgson of Jourdanton. She is also survived by her brothers, Carlos “Andy” Ayala of Port Aransas, his daughter, Monica Sewell, of Colorado Springs, CO; Christopher Ayala and sister-in-law, Tricia Ayala, and nephews, Emmit Ayala, Rhett Ayala, William Ayala of Fredericksburg; nephew Nolan Ayala of Clarksville, TN; niece, Sabrina Ayala- Ortiz of Jourdanton; sister, Cathy Ayala and nephews Aaron Collier and Matt Watts of Plantation, FL; and sister, Tuesday Elizondo; brother-in-law, Oscar Elizondo; nephews, Andrew Elizondo, Carlos Elizondo, Baily Elizondo of Pleasanton; and niece, Brittanie White, of Jourdanton; and uncle, Apolonio E. Flores and wife Mary Flores of Mt. Belview.

Sarah was preceded in death by her parents, Carlos and Magdalena Ayala; and her sister, Ruth Ann Ayala- Thompson.

A celebration memorial will be held on Wednesday, July 29, visitation starting at 1:30 p.m. and memorial service starting at 2 p.m. at Hurley Funeral Home chapel in Pleasanton. Flowers can be sent to Hurley Funeral Home located at 118 W. Oaklawn Rd. Pleasanton, TX 78064.

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