Aurelia Marie Hudson Lyles was born to the late John Henry Hudson, Sr. and Pauline Beatrice Duncan on September 7, 1917 in Snow Hill, Worcester County, Maryland. She was the seventh child of twelve children. She attended public school in Snow Hill, Maryland and completed her education in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Marie confessed Jesus Christ our Lord as her personal savior at an early age where she joined St. James A.M.E. Church (formerly known as Taylor’s Gate A.M.E. Church) in Snow Hill, Maryland.
As an older teenager, Marie moved from Snow Hill, Maryland to Chester, Pennsylvania to work in one of her older sister’s and her sister’s husband’s restaurant to earn money to send back to help pay for her mother’s medication in Snow Hill, MD. When her sister died, she moved again to Philadelphia, PA with her eldest brother Colmar Duncan his wife, Helena and her Aunt Alphonsa Bell.
Upon arriving in Philadelphia, she immediately affiliated with Holsey Temple C.M.E. church where her aunt and sister were members. There she met James Clinton Lyles, the love of her life at the church’s “Tom Thumb Wedding”in which they both participated. They were married on May 20, 1944. To this union two children were born, Clementine and James, Jr. James, Sr. had two older children, Earl Thomas and Dorothy Elizabeth. It was a successful blended family. James Clinton, Sr. preceded her in death March 21, 1975as well as Earl and Dorothy.
Marie loved to assist relatives and friends in their illnesses to recuperate. Marie was encouraged to attend nursing school because of her love to nurse others by her sister-in-law, Helena Duncan. Marie entered the Philadelphia Nursing School where she was successful in earning her nursing certificate as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Marie began her nursing career at Germantown Hospital transferring to Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. Her nursing career ended in retirement at All Saints Hospital in Chestnut Hill, PA after 30 years. She was still known to provide home care for neighbors, friends and others who heard of her nursing expertise after her retirement for many years after, even before Home Health Care became standardized.
Marie was a strong, no nonsense, stern but loving mother, mentor and a loyal, cheerful friend. Her home was always open to everyone who came by. She was known as an excellent cook. Cakes, pies (especially lemon meringue pies), stewed chicken and slippery dumplings with hot homemade yeast rolls were her specialties. She shared her scrumptious cuisine with neighbors, relatives , friends and anyone needing a meal!
Marie has seen all of her siblings transition from earth to glory. She is the last of the twelve to enter into eternal rest. Marie leaves an example for her family in Christian fortitude that is a legacy to be treasured and followed. She leaves to cherish her memory, her daughter, Clementine Thaxton, her son, James Clinton, Jr; a daughter-in-law, Lisamarie Rollins- Lyles; six grandchildren, Leslie Marie Thaxton, Baltimore, MD, Jeffrey Scott McLauren, Philadelphia, PA, Devon Cordelia Gordon-Lyles, Teaneck, N.J., Keith (Cat?n) Lyles, Portland, OR, Timothy Allen Lyles, Atlanta, GA, and Ashley Kristin Howell, Chalfont, PA, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, forever friends and other acquaintances who were touched by the life she led.
Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven,where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you have died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.