Cary News: Obituaries

Elgie Rose Dudley

Elgie Rose Dudley passed from this life on August 26, 2013. Born in Johnston County on July 1, 1926, she was the daughter of Preston and Willie McCall Rose. She graduated from Selma High School and later Rex Hospital School of Nursing in Raleigh, and was an active registered nurse for over 60 years. Alternating with raising her three children, she was on the staff of Rex Hospital, Wake Med and Raleigh Community, as well as Randolph and Alamance County hospitals. She did volunteer work with the American Red Cross, Wake Med, and 23 years with Dorcas Ministries in Cary.

Elgie married Charles Herman Dudley of Benson in 1948. Along with her husband, she enjoyed western style square dancing for well over 40 years, and made many friends, especially with the Cary Crosstrailers Club. She was a member of Ephesus Baptist Church in Raleigh.

A source of great sorrow for Elgie was losing two children; Pamela Dudley McRae in 2002, and Keith Charles Dudley in 2009, husband, Charlie in 2007; two brothers and three sisters. She is survived by one son, Brent Dudley and wife Coral of Mebane; son-in-law, Dr. Duncan McRae of Tulsa, OK; four grandchildren, Scott McRae, Robin McRae Wickert, Ian and Ty Dudley; a sister, Nellie Rose Painter of Durham; one special niece, Peggy Rose Newsome; and four other nieces and one nephew.

A service honoring Elgie’s life will be held at Parrish Funeral Home Chapel in Selma on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with internment in Selma Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. just prior to the service. Flowers are welcome, or contributions may be made to Ephesus Baptist Church Building Fund, 6767 Hillsborough Street Raleigh, NC 27606.

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