2014 Community Service Angel Award
Ms. Ethel M. Hudson was born on August 19, 1924, in Springfield MA to Reverend and Mrs. Charles C. Baisden. She became the wife of Mr. George H. Wallace (deceased) and had four children. She is a proud grandmother of seven and great grandmother of ten.
Sister Hudson attended Springfield Public Schools and worked at the Springfield Armory during World War II. She was the first African American manager at the former Forbes & Wallace department store, where she managed 33 departments. She retired from the Springfield Police Department after 15 years as a communications operator. She is currently an active member of the Board of Directors at Independence Seniority and Costello House in Springfield.
Sister Hudson played an active role at the Frank Hatchett School of Dance, where she participated in the dance and modeling programs. She also designed and sewed costumes for the Hatchett dance recitals.
Sister Hudson is a former member of Third Baptist Church, where she attended service and worked with various ministries for over 40 years. She was involved in the Sunday school program, as well as the music ministry. Under the direction of Mrs. Josephine Fullilove, she became a member of the Sanctuary Choir and soon was asked to be the assistant director. She was also a member of the Fullilove Ensemble and the Pearl Gospel Singers.
Upon joining Canaan Baptist Church of Christ, she became the director of youth ministry, assistant director of the Freedom Choir, assistant director of Voices of Promise, and Secretary of the Christian Education Ministry.
She is an active member of Our Crowd, Ltd., an organization that awards scholarships to deserving youth to help further their education. In 2001, Sister Hudson competed for the title of Ms. Senior Massachusetts Golden Girl, and was the first runner up in the pageant.
Sister Hudson’s motto is“If I can help somebody as I travel this life, then my living has not been in vain”.