Happy 91st Birthday, Lorna! 1926-2008

Just when I thought I’d gathered all the documents, and had a pretty comprehensive picture of the life events of Lorna Gorley (nee Hudson) I learned something surprising.

Dora Hudson (nee Munger) and her 7 daughters

Lorna was born the 7th daughter to Will and Dora (nee Munger) Hudson.  They already had Evelyn, Dorothy, Bessie, Mary, Hazel, and Mildred (Toody).  This large group of girls ranged in age from 3 to 15, so Will and Dora were well acquainted with the challenges of raising girls.

Lorna was born May 11, 1926.  Nine days later she was baptised.  I am imagining a busy household with a new baby doesn’t afford the parents much time to pay attention to the details.  Recently I was going through some documents I hadn’t seen before and noticed something interesting.  On May 20, 1926, this nine-day-old baby was baptised as “Grace Lorna Hudson”.  Again, I can imagine that when Will and Dora noticed this they might have said “What?!  That’s not what we named her!”  So, back to the church for another baptism.  Ten days later she was baptised again as “Lorna Grace Hudson.”  Not everyone can claim to be baptised twice with two different names!

Lorna in the 1990s

While that information was new, there were some things that I knew well and were constant in Lorna’s life.  She had style!  She worked in a women’s wear store in Prince George so had access to all the latest trends and brought quite a few pieces home with her.  A girl has to look good!  She even modelled some of the clothes for newspaper ads.

She was unwavering in her love and commitment to her family and when her grandchildren were around, they had her full attention.  If she had lived to see her great-grandchildren, they would have received the same love and undivided attention from her.  I often think how she would enjoy time with Genevieve, Hudson, Lily, Campbell, and the ones yet to come.  She spent as much time as she could at the cabin, and was quite at home preparing meals without all the conveniences … like running water.

Lorna, Graham, Doug 1986

Lorna at the Cabin 1990s






In the past I have commemorated Lorna in Facebook posts, so now some of those posts will eventually find their way to this blog.


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