We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Western Carolina Mortuary Service, LLC
Our beloved Claudia Annette Hudson, born July 2, 1939, aged 82, passed away peacefully on May 9, 2022. A long-time resident and native of Asheville, North Carolina, she was the daughter of Claude Roy Tabor and Janice Brigman Tabor.
She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Hudson Sluder and her husband Karl of Montross, VA; her son, Hadley Littleton Hudson and his wife Simona of Lynchburg, Va: her brother James Brigman Tabor and wife Karan of Weaverville, NC., She is also survived by nephews, Ryan Arrowood and Reid Alexander Tabor; and two grandchildren, Merrill Hudson Hutt and Morgan Elizabeth Hutt as well as many other extended family members and many dear friends.
Claudia grew up on 69 Frances St. in West Asheville and as a young girl and graduated from Lee Edwards High in 1957. In 1973, she graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art with continuing Education for teachers and Computer Science from the University of VA, UNC Asheville and AB Tech.
Claudia enjoyed spending time with her family and many friends. She traveled with her daughter, son in-law and grandchildren to Costa Rica, the Greek Islands and plenty of local trips around Asheville and the Northern Neck of Va. She had a love of learning the local flavor anywhere she went. During her later years, Claudia enjoyed the aspects of working as a content writer. Her creativity was enjoyed by her artwork of family portraits and landscapes. As a former teacher, she painted a mural inside the main hall of Claxton Elementary School of the Biltmore and Grove Park Inn. Claudia’s daughter, Elizabeth remembers her keen eye to create almost anything she set her mind to recalling her mother’s ability to sew beautiful wrap-around skirts and dresses for special occasions. Another beautiful creation remembered was a two-tier birthday cake decorated with yellow daffodils. As an Art Teacher and Computer Science Teacher, she could always think on the spot to keep a class inspired and engaged. Her love for learning never ceased with an inquisitive mind who enjoyed her neighbors fun gatherings sharing food, plants and wonderful conversation. Many would stop by to talk while looking at all the vegetables and flowers. Claudia spent most of her day relishing good memories made and keeping her life simple and independent involving her grandchildren and family whom she loved very much.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Habitat for Humanity or the charity of your choice.
Friends and family will gather in the Owen Library after the 2:00p.m. Memorial service on July 30th at the Cathedral of All Souls Episcopal Church, Asheville, NC.. Afterwards, Clergy from All Souls will be officiating a private service in Ashelawn Gardens of Memory.