Obituary for Gertrude Yowell Hudson-Yates

The family of Gertrude Yowell Hudson-Yates mourns her passing on Tuesday, August 28th at the Virginia Baptist Home whose team graciously assisted her family with her care over the past several months.

Born December 10, 1930 she was the last surviving child of the late Lamon Cecil and Ida Rider Yowell and the wife of C.F. Yates Jr.  She is predeceased by her daughter, Anne Hudson, who died in a horse accident on the family farm, Grattan Hall, in 1969; and the father of her children, Ernest Hudson.

A lifelong member of the Culpeper Baptist Church, she served on various committees, taught Sunday School and enjoyed her role as an Usher.  Her civic interests included the Culpeper Chorale Society, the American Cancer Society, and the American Heart Association.  Mrs. Hudson-Yates was an Electoral Judge and served for many years on the County’s Social Services Board.  In 1999, she was honored as a Culpeper Colonel.

Mrs. Hudson-Yates operated the H and W Restaurant, standing for Hudson and Wife along with several other businesses.   The H & W was home of Culpeper’s famous “PIG”, which has now fostered the PIG Legacy; standing for People Interested in Good. Her children intend this to honor her eagerness to be an engaged citizen leader through civic engagement and volunteerism as her legacy to Culpeper, her much beloved home. Mrs. Hudson-Yates also enjoyed her career with the Virginia State Police, from which she developed many life long friendships.

Mrs. Hudson-Yates is survived by her four children and eight grandchildren; Lynne and Dave Richardson with their children Anne and Worth, and Page and Jimmy Timberlake of Culpeper; Hope and Corey Cather of Berryville, VA with their children Katy, Chelsea, and Andrew; and Drew and Risa Hudson with their children Hannah, Trett, and Ben of Annapolis, MD.  She is also survived by her great grandson,Tristan; several step children, step grandchildren and a step great grandchild; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers her family encourages tributes to the Gertrude Hudson Yates Scholarship Fund atGermanna Community College, which was established by her children on the occasion of her 80th birthday.Rememberances can be sent to Hope Hudson-Cather at 340 Catger Rd Berryville, VA

The family will receive friends on August 31st at the New Salem Baptist Church 8233 Sperryville Pike, Culpeper, VA from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Hudson Yates will be held at her beloved Culpeper Baptist Church at 10:30 am on September 1st with the Reverend John S. Farrar officiating, he will be assisted by the Reverends Ted Fuson and Mike Dodson.

Mrs. Hudson Yates will be interned with the father of her children and their daughter, Anne at Fairview Cemetery in Culpeper, VA.  Graveside services will immediately follow the Funeral services.  With a small get together immediately following at the PIG Legacy building on East Davis Strret in Culpeper.

Pallbearers include Kevin Baker, Jay Brown, Steven Harty, Collis Jenkins,Brent Moore and Alan Moy.

Honorary Pallbearers include members of the State Police and Charles Berry.


  1. Sargewillis says:

    So sorry for your loss, Hope, Cory.