Cora P. Dudley


Cora P. Dudley, 93, died April 10, 2003 in Marysville, Wash. She was born Nov. 5, 1909 in South Coffeyville, Okla. -- the ninth of 10 children to William C. and Clara Jane Humes.

During the Great Depression, she worked as a cook helping to feed hundreds of farm hands on various farms in Kansas and Oklahoma. She moved to Long Beach, Calif. during World War II and worked at Douglas Aircraft as one of the original "Rosie the Riveters."

After the War, she settled in Payson, and purchased a restaurant. Mrs. Dudley owned two restaurants in Payson during the 1950s. In 1963, she married Sam Dudley. They owned a vending machine business and a bread delivery business before retiring and moving to Mesa.

She was a member of the Community Christian Church, in Apache Junction, Ariz.

Mrs. Dudley is survived by sons: Clinton Dudley of Kingman, Ariz; and Norman Dudley of Payson; grandsons: Kelly Tilford of Sacramento, Calif; Douglas Tilford of Lake Stevens, Wash.; Byron Dudley and Tim Dudley of Payson; Scott Dudley and Chad Dudley of Phoenix; and Kenny Dudley of Kingman; granddaughters: Sherry Howell of Utah; Amy Mancino of New Mexico; Nicole Ward of Payson; and Paul Acker of Kingman.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Dudley, and sons; Norman Tilford and Richard Dudley.

Services will be held on the Mogollon Rim near Payson.

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