Hudson-Stangeland was the third child of
Braxson Hudson and Maudie Rogers-Hudson.
They owned a home in the suburbs of Milton Florida and Braxson worked as a
musician and in construction most of his life. At 15 Lucille met a young
sailor named Ernest Stangeland and they were married. Over the next 10 years
she gave birth to 5 children. The family moved to the
Stangeland family farm in Iowa for a
few years but Lucille insisted they move back to Florida and they did in 1956.
Lucille worked out of her home for several years as a seamstress then got a
job in a local factory working rotating shifts. It was extremely hard on her
health so she was forced to quit after a few years. She then went to college
and became a LPN and later became a Registered Nurse. She worked in the
emergency room at Santa Rosa Hospital for several years but also worked in
delivery and the operating room. She and Ernest divorced in the late 1960ís
and she had a brief marriage to George Royce who died in 1973. Soon afterward
she met Nick Nichols and they lived together for several years until Nick
died, he left her the Ward Basin home.
She sold the home in the late 1980ís, moved to Midway, Florida and lived out
her retirement creating and maintaining her wonderful gardens.