Chapel Hill: Obituaries

Elizabeth Shuler Fudge

Elizabeth Shuler Fudge, age 91, died peacefully at home in Chapel Hill on April 1, 2015. Born in Elma, Iowa, Liz inherited her love of books from her mother, Edna, and her love of gardening from her father, Ed.  These interests sustained her during the Great Depression and throughout her long life. Her artistic abilities were appreciated and acknowledged at an early age. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1940s; and later excelled at botanical illustration, culminating in her becoming a member of the Smithsonian Scientific Illustrators Guild. During World War II Liz married Sam Fudge, a B-17 navigator in the Army Air Corp. When he returned from active duty they moved from Illinois to Memphis, Tennessee, where Sam studied to be a Presbyterian minister. She was known, loved, and admired for her service as a minister’s wife and for her active role in the church. At age 50 Liz enrolled in the NC State School of Design and Architecture, with continued training at the University of Houston School of Architecture. She was dedicated to community service in the interest of children, including acting as a house parent at the Presbyterian Home for Children in Arkansas and as a volunteer serving young people through many organizations and institutions.  Sam and Liz had four children: Mary Beth, William Edward, Peter Samuel, and Robert Bailie.  They adopted Marvin Watkins, who died in 2007; Sam died in 2009, and Peter in 2010. Her personal gardens were memorable, so it is fitting that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be directed primarily to the North Carolina Botanical Garden, where she spent many happy hours, or, in honor of her community service, to the local charity of your choice. Her memorial service will be held at New Hope Presbyterian Church, Friday, April 24 at 2 p.m.