Maudie B. Huckaby, God’s faithful servant, transitioned peacefully at home in Frisco, TX surrounded by love and her family at the age of 89 on February 20, 2023.
Maudie was born on April 8, 1933, in Corsicana, TX to the union of Ernest and Ida Mae (Young) Massengale. She graduated in 1951 from G.W. Carver High School in Dawson, TX where she met the great love of her life Benjamin Boyd Huckaby. Maudie and Benjamin were married on December 14, 1953, and shared 63 beautiful years together. The couple settled in Odessa, TX in 1955 where they raised their children.
Maudie attended the nursing program at Odessa College and received her LVN/LPN degree in 1965. Her passion and commitment to caring for others was evident in her decades-long career at Medical Center Hospital in which she retired from in 1993 after 28 years. Maudie continued in nursing as an instructor at Odessa College from 1993 to 2001. Alongside her husband, Maudie also gave back to her community by volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club and participating in the PTA and Football Booster programs at Blackshear and Ector High Schools. She was active in the Democratic Party by volunteering at the polls and encouraging voter registration. Maudie inspired generations of nurses throughout her life and career; including many in her own family who followed in her footsteps.
Maudie covered her family and community in love and was cherished by all that knew her. She was most of all a woman of deep faith and strong conviction. Maudie’s life was a living example of Ephesians 4:32 – “And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.” A life-long and committed servant of the Lord, she served as a Deaconess and sang in the Tabernacle choir at St. James Baptist Church and later at Mount Olive Baptist Church. Maudie cared deeply and loved her family fiercely; often serving as their greatest prayer warrior. She instilled, nourished, and inspired a deep faith and love of God within them.
Maudie and Benjamin crafted a legacy of love, laughter and togetherness that has transcended generations. They never missed a milestone in their children or grandchildren’s lives, often travelling all over for graduations, inductions, and weddings. Maudie taught her family what it means to love and be loved unconditionally. Her gift of love lives on in each of them and will continue to inspire the world. Maudie was preceded in death by her loving husband, Benjamin Huckaby; her beloved son Benjamin “B.B.” Huckaby Jr.; parents Ernest and Ida Mae; and siblings Clifford Lewis, George Brewer, Sylvia Mathews, Verma Renfro, and Ernestine Jackson.
Maudie’s memory will be forever cherished by her five children; son Anthony Huckaby (Eloise) of Dallas, TX; daughters, Brenda Creear of Odessa, TX, Regina Woods (Lewis) of Frisco, TX, Tonya Huckaby of Corsicana, TX and adopted daughter Tiona Huckaby of Katy, Texas. She is survived by her brother Eddie Howard Perkins (Martha) and sister Gertrude Richardson (L.H.). She will also be deeply remembered by her 10 Grandchildren, 21 Great-Grandchildren, and two Great-Great Grandchildren.
The wake will take place on Sunday, February 26, 2023, from 1:00 – 5:00 PM at Sunset Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home, 6801 I-20 Business, Odessa, TX.
A celebration of life service will also be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home on Monday, February 27, 2023, at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.