Anna is survived by her loving daughter Susan (Denby) Hudson. She is also survived by her grandson Shawn Powers and great-granddaughter Leah. She was the second youngest of 5 siblings whom are all deceased.
Anna grew up in a strict and rigid household. Her father passed away when she was 5, leaving her mother to raise 5 children alone. She never knew the joy of celebrating holidays or birthdays because her family was very poor. Most of the time she wore ragged hand me downs and did not own a decent pair of shoes. Anna was determined to succeed in school and graduated with high honors from St Xavier Academy in 1946. She had odd jobs since she was 16, but had to turn her pay over to her mother for household expenses. After that time, she held many secretarial jobs at which she excelled due to her fantastic typing abilities which was over 120 words per minute.
Anna met the love of her life, Earl Denby when she was 18 and they were married shortly after. Anna continued to work in the secretarial field advancing to office manager because she was determined to have a nice home and live comfortably. Many years went by until her baby girl was born and cherished by both of her parents. Anna wanted to make sure her daughter never went without, and have a happy life unlike her own unfulfilling childhood. Sadly Earl passed away at the age of 75 from a battle with mesothelioma. She kept his memory alive daily and never stopped loving him.
Anna was an extremely selfless, generous person with a keen sense of humor and fierce loyalty to her family. Many people thought she was hard around the edges, but inside there was a sensitive soul who just wanted to love and be loved. Her daughter was her best friend, and they shared many outrageous moments together similar to “Lucy and Ethel” and “Thelma and Louise”. She kept her promise to her daughter who never went without, even if it meant her mother had to sacrifice her own needs.
Anna leaves behind fond memories and said she was most grateful for the support and love of her daughter and son-in-law David Hudson for all the many times they rushed to her aid whenever she needed them. For that, Anna said she was deeply blessed.
There will be a private memorial with close family and friends to honor Anna’s wishes. She donated her body to Brown University, which even after her death, Anna performed another selfless act of kindness and compassion.
Donations to her family would be greatly appreciated to offset final expenses.
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