Ms. Hodgson died Sept. 3, 2012 after a short illness.
Born April 13, 1927 in Demorest to Mary Echols Martin and Howard Bradley "Doc" Martin, she graduated from Tallulah Falls School as valedictorian, from North Georgia Junior College and in 1948, from the University of Georgia with a journalism degree. For five years, she worked at radio station WRFC in Athens, broadcasting two shows daily and becoming program director.
In 1953, she married Athens widower, the late Paul Hodgson and his four young children who, with their mates survive her: Paul "Peter" (Susan) of Athens; Thomas McEver (Patti) of Atlanta; Joseph McEver (Penny) of Nashville, Tenn.; Margaret Lee Hodgson Ossa (Marcelo) of Nanaimo BC Canada. Other survivors include 10 grandchildren and their spouses: Marcelo Ossa (Natasha) and Nicolas Ossa of Vancouver BC Canada; McCullough Hodgson (Jenny) of Decatur; Alan (Lindsay) of Winston-Salem, N.C.; Mac Hodgson (Kathleen) of Atlanta; Beverly Conley (Jonathan) and Sam Hodgson of Nashville, Tenn., Thomas Jr., Kiley and Mary Catherine Hodgson of Atlanta; sister, Nancy Hardman Revnes (Michael) of Athens; nephew, Joe Revnes of Atlanta; one aunt, LaTrelle Warren of Cornelia; two uncles, Tim Echols (Alice) of Graniteville, S.C.; and Bascom Echols (Ruth) of Lula; six great-grandchildren and many cousins.
Throughout her marriage, she also worked as advertising consultant and editor. She joined the staff of Heritage Convalescent Center as activities director, creating its auxiliary. Later, representing the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Vestry, she created by-laws for the new Lanier Gardens' Auxiliary. Following publication of two co-authored needlework books, she wrote and co-hosted 12 how-to television shows.
Early development of civic groups including Recording for the Blind, the Humane Society, Sandy Creek Nature Center, and the Athens Tree Commission. She held various offices in the Athens Junior Assembly, the Junior Ladies Garden Club and the Rabun Gap Guild. During the Bicentennial, she was one of 50 women named as "Athens Women in History."
The family requests donations be be made to Emmanuel Episcopal Church Building Fund, 498 Prince Avenue, Athens, GA 30606 or the charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be offered at bernsteinfuneralhome.com. Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.