Doris Lee (King) Hudgens of Glendale died Aug. 29. Following a stoic battle against cancer, she passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family. She was 86.
Mrs. Hudgens was born March 11, 1930, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Lawrence Bryce “Mike” and Minnie Hornback King. She graduated valedictorian of her class in 1947 from East High School.
Sept. 25, 1948, she married Glenn Hudgens in Kansas City, Mo. They would have celebrated their 68th anniversary next month. March 24, 1960, they became the proud parents of a daughter, Denise.
In 1988, they moved from Independence, Mo., to Arizona. Mrs. Hudgens worked as an executive secretary in Systems Engineering at Sears Roebuck from 1948 to 1960.
After retiring, she and Mr. Hudgens began volunteering at the Glendale Foothills Library, where she served for 17 years, until her health prevented her from continuing. The couple traveled extensively, having been around the world twice, visiting all seven continents and 101 countries. They were proud “grandparents” to four dogs, whom they cared for every day.
Mrs. Hudgens is survived by her husband, Glenn; daughter, Denise (Stefan) Babirak of Peoria; grandson, Stefan Trey Babirak of San Antonio; and four grandpuppies. She was predeceased by both parents of Tucson, and her brother, Leo Dean King, of California.
Mrs. Hudgens had a simple request in how she wanted others to remember her: “I was here. Now I’m gone. I was a good wife and mother, but not a very good cook.”
A private service for family is planned. Donations in Mrs. Hudgens’ name may be sent to the Arizona Humane Society, Attn: Development Department, 1521 W. Dobbins Road, Phoenix, AZ 85041; or Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.