In Loving Memory

November 8, 1926 – January 13, 2018



The Dash

By Linda Ellis


I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend.

He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning…to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time that they spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own, the cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.

So, think about this long and hard. Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough to consider what’s true and real
and always try to understand the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile,
remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash…
would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent YOUR dash?

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Orry Hudson was born in Ely, Nevada on November 8, 1926 and passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home on January 13, 2018. Orry was preceded in death by the love of his life for 32 years, Rita Marie Martinez Hudson.

He leaves behind his sons, Ted, Jack and Jim Hudson and his daughter, Debby Tollefson. His son-in-law, Kurt Tollefson deserves special mention as his best friend in his final years and he considered him a son as well. He also leaves behind 6 grandchildren, Sean, Brent, Jason, Michael, Aidan and Finn along with 4 great grandchildren, Sara, Emma, Addison and Maxx. He dearly loved his niece and nephew, Ruthie and Bud. He had many other family and friends who were always in his heart and are remembered including his longtime travel companion Tak Walts. Orry lived his dash with total abandon at times but also with total purpose when seriousness had to prevail.

 Orry was a man of creativity, passion, adventure and loved victory. He expressed these characteristics by being a dedicated Night Owl with friendships that spanned 80+ years, a troop leader for the Boy Scouts of America, an entrepreneur, a photographer, a world traveler, a champion track star at Lincoln High School in San Francisco, a Navy Veteran of WWII, a muse to his four successful children to the day he died and a proud friend of Bill W. for 33 years. He will be missed by many for many reasons. We love you Dad,

Ted, Debby, Jack, Jim and Kurt along with many others.