Doris Gertrude Hudson

Former Archuleta County Judge Doris Gertrude Hudson died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Denver. She was 91.

Mrs. Hudson was born to Elmer and Gertie Lutes on April 24, 1921, in Riverside, Texas. She was one of eight children.

She was introduced on a blind date to her future husband, Wiley Joe Hudson. The couple got engaged on Christmas Day 1940 and married in March 1941 in Dallas. They had two children.

Mrs. Hudson was an active homemaker, her family said.

She served on the Episcopal Women’s Auxiliary in various churches and was a talented artist in both oil and pastels.

The Hudsons moved to Colorado in 1959 to establish a guest ranch, The Golden Burro Lodge, in Blanco Basin outside Pagosa Springs.

After several years, Mrs. Hudson ran for and was elected to the position of Archuleta County judge. She was the first female nonlawyer county judge in the history of Colorado, her family said. She was nominated for and awarded a position in Who’s Who of American Women.

Mrs. Hudson retired to Mesa, Ariz., with her husband and got involved in antique and collectible redistribution. After her husband died, she moved to Denver to be near her family.

Mrs. Hudson was preceded in death by her husband of almost 67 years, Wiley Joe Hudson.

She is survived by her son, Steven Howard Hudson, of Durango; daughter, Joanna Darlene Hudson, of Aurora; older brother, Leonard Lutes, of Dallas; two grandsons; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Cremation has occurred. Her ashes will be scattered in the Colorado mountains she loved, her family said. No service will be held at her request.