Marilyn Cross Hudson

June 11, 1936-Oct. 22, 2020

Marilyn Cross Hudson,

84, Parshall, died Thurs-

day, October 22, 2020 at a

Bismarck hospital. Mari-

lyn Old Dog was born on

June 11, 1936 in Elbo-

woods, North Dakota

where she attended

school and graduated,

from Elbowoods High

School, in 1953. She con-

tinued her education at

Haskell Institute in

Lawrence, Kansas.

On August 14, 1959,

she married Charles Kent

Hudson, Sr. in Parshall.

She began her career with

the government which

spanned 33 years and in-

cluded work with the US

Air Force in Oakland, Cal-

if., Bureau of Indian Af-

fairs in San Jose, Calif. as

a social worker, and as an

Administrator with the

Bureau of Indian Affairs

for the Fort Berthold

Agency. She retired from

federal service in 1992.

After retirement, Mari-

lyn remained involved

and was the Administra-

tor for the Three Affiliated

Tribes Museum in New

Town. In 2009, she was

recognized by the North

Dakota State Historical

Society as a Heritage Pro-

file Honor Awardee. This

honor recognizes indivi-

duals who have made a

lasting or significant con-

tribution in preserving,

interpreting, researching,

publishing, promoting, or

otherwise extending the

knowledge and under-

standing of the history of

North Dakota, and have

demonstrated long-term

dedication and personal

commitment in pursuit of

these goals.

Her knowledge was vast

and was readily shared in

a variety of capacities for

state and local organiza-

tions including: Bush

Foundation’s North Dako-

ta Advisory Committee;

Plains Indian Museum

Advisory Board for Buf-

falo Bill Center of the

West Museum; Knife

River Indian Heritage

Foundation Board of

Directors; North Dakota

Cowboy Hall of Fame

Board of Trustees for;

North Dakota State Histor-ical Records Advisory

Board; State Representa-

tive for North Dakota

AARP; and New Town

Good Samaritan Nursing

Home Board of Directors.

Her service and com-

mitment to educating was

great, but she was known

by her family as a kind

and humble person. She

was a loving spouse, car-

ing mother, and the best

grandmother. She cher-

ished time spent with her

family. Her gentle spirit

is at rest and she will be

greatly missed.

Marilyn is survived by:

her husband, Charles

Kent Hudson, Sr.; chil-

dren, Charles Kent Hud-

son, Jr. and Sonya Joy

Rensch; grandchildren,

Charles Kent Hudson, III,

Cray John Hudson, Lee

Rensch, Stone Martin

Hudson, Noel Joy Rensch,

and Sierra Rensch;

great-grandchildren, Mari-

lyn and Lincoln Rensch,

Chapmyn and Ares

Charles Hudson; and si-

blings, Milton Cross,

Alfred Cross, Carol

Juneau, Dorothy Atkin-

son, Raymond Cross, and

Michael Cross.

She was preceded in

death by: her parents,

Martin and Dorothy (Bar-

tell) Cross; granddaughter,

Cassi Dee Rensch; and si-

blings, Martin Cross and

Phyllis Old Dog Cross.

The family will cele-

brate Marilyn’s life

privately, in respect of

CDC, North Dakota, and

Mandan Hidatsa Arikara

Nation COVID-19 guide-

lines. A public memorial

is tentatively planned for

June 2021.

In honor of Marilyn, go

forward and share a smile,

kind words, and good

deeds. In lieu of flowers,

the family requests

memorials be sent to

Parshall Volunteer Fire

Department at PO Box

421, Parshall, ND 58770

or Parshall Volunteer Am-

bulance Department at PO

Box 398, Parshall, ND

58770. Also Ronald

McDonald House Chari-

ties (https://www.rmhc

bismarck.org/) or North

Dakota Make A Wish


(https://wish.org/ north-


Langhans Funeral

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