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Rachel Hudson

October 10, 1977 — January 13, 2021

Rachel Diana (Cherry) Hudson, 43, of Hinsdale, IL passed away January 13, 2021, at her home surrounded by her family.

Rachel was born October 10, 1977, to Maureen McMahan and Dr. James Cherry in DuBois, PA.  She grew up in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA, and graduated from the Taylor Allderdice High School in 1996.

Rachel graduated from Colgate University in 2000 with a B.A. degree in History.  She was awarded the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship which allowed her a year of independent study in Moscow, Russia.  She then attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston.  She graduated from Fletcher with an M.A. degree in International Law and Diplomacy in 2003.

Rachel began working for Archer Daniels Midland Company in 2003, where she progressed from financial analyst to VP and Treasurer of ADM and CFO of the Carbohydrates Solutions business unit.  Rachel was fortunate to be able to live and work in many foreign locations during her career, including Russia, Germany, Switzerland, and Brazil.   She was fluent in both Russian and Portuguese.

On July 1, 2006, Rachel married Brian Hudson at Hilton Head, South Carolina.  Their daughter, Grace, was born on October 16, 2010, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Rachel had many passions.  She loved spending time with her family, whether cheering at a soccer game, cooking fantastic Italian dishes in her kitchen, or experiencing other parts of the world with her daughter.  She loved to travel:  to share and absorb new cultures, foods, and experiences.  She also loved her work; she loved the challenges it presented, and the friends she developed along the way.

Rachel is survived by her husband Brian Hudson and daughter Grace of Hinsdale, IL.; her mother Maureen McMahan of Houston, TX; her father and stepmother Dr. James and Eileen Cherry of Anthem, AZ; her brother Dr. Shane Cherry and his wife Angie of San Antonio TX; her stepsisters Kristi Demeter and her husband Phil and Kelly Akesson and her husband Carl from Dayton, OH; mother-in-law and father-in-law Joyce and Jerry Hudson of Gothenburg, NE;  sister-in-law and brother-in-law Becky and Ryan Splichal of Omaha, NE; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.  The family asks that you support this cause in lieu of flowers.

Visitation will be at the Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 S Madison St., Willowbrook, IL on Monday, January 18th from 5 to 7 pm.  Private funeral services will be held at 10 am on Tuesday, January 19.  The funeral will be webcast at Burial will take place in the Gothenburg Cemetery.

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Service Schedule

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Monday, January 18, 2021

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

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Private Family Services

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel

620 10th St, Gothenburg, NE 69138

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