Jo “Jojo” Anna Hudson of Lexington, 64, a longtime nurse at the University of Kentucky before becoming a state nursing-home inspector, died June 18 after a lengthy illness, according to Hawkins-Taylor Funeral Home.
Hudson was a graduate of Woodford County High School and UK, and received her nursing degree in 1975 from Kentucky State University.
Dr. Peace Vessa said Hudson worked as a nurse at UK for decades. Hudson received extensive training in gerontology and had done research on Alzheimer’s disease.
Her obituary described Hudson as a pioneer in nursing as it related to the Alzheimer’s program at UK.
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Hudson worked with Vessa at UK in an outreach program to improve dementia care among African-Americans and provide support for their families. She also trained nursing students, Vessa said.
“She was one of the greatest caregivers I have ever known,” said Vessa, who has since left UK.
After leaving the university, Hudson worked as a nursing-home inspector for the Office of Inspector General in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, said her supersivor, Gae Vanlandingham.
Hudson was passionate about ensuring the best quality of life and care for nursing-home residents, Vanlandingham said.
Hudson asked to keep working even as she battled cancer.
“She took her job very seriously,” Vanlandingham said.
Hudson, a member of Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church, is survived by her husband, Mark H. Hudson, five children and five grandchildren. Funeral services were scheduled at noon Saturday at the church.