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In Loving Memory of Hudson & Susan Kurth

Villas Mutual Service Board Member, Real Estate Broker, Resident & Teacher


Susan Kurth


Hudson Kurth


“Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember you.  If you can only remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all  ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

On October 3, 2018, Cathryn Susan Howard Kurth aka “Sue”, left this earth to be in the presence of the lord.   This year, 2024,  on January 31, Hudson Edward Kurth aka “Hud”, left to join her, after a long 5+ years of missing her. 

For those of us who have been left behind, the absence of both our parents is beyond deafening. Our world shaken.  How is it that while you think you appreciate those around you, while they are here on this earth, yet their departure leaves a void. It is an uncomfortable silence. One is never prepared enough.  Being “orphans”, is not so fun.  I miss our daily calls. Our theoretical discussions. Our debates or just a “143”.  How many times have I reached for the phone to call to call either. 

Hudson is survived by his brother David Kurth and his 3 daughters: Debbie Kurth Kravits, Janice Kurth Amjadi and Dianne Kurth Curtin .

He left 9 grandchildren, 2 great grand children, 9 nieces/nephews and a legacy of remembering students.

In lue of flowers, please give, in Hudson’s name, to the Ministry of Dr. David Jeremiah at or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at :
~ Debbie Kurth Kravits


Our father was such a unique and gifted person. In his professional life, is choose to be a educator, focusing on the development of young person to reach their potential.  He promoted this education as a teacher at Lakewood High School and the Department Head of the Distributed Education curriculum aka DECA.  At Lakewood High, he lead the students to repeated California Chapter of the Year and 2nd Place nationally.   His wife Sue, with the approval of the Long Beach Schools Board of education, assisted him with this effort.

Meanwhile Sue, was actively raising her 3 girls and carrying for her nieces, while her sister-in-law Kari,  went to school  for her nursing degree. At the same time Sue assisted her husband with his DECA activities by guiding the students in the aesthetics of presentation. 

In addition to teaching at the secondary and junior college levels, Hud was an active Bee keeper; producing honey for the United States Military with his daughter Debbie.  She worked the behind the scenes processing the honey, from hive to container during her high school and early college years. Hud then assisted is daughter, Debbie, in getting an emergency teaching credential, after receiving her BS in Computer Engineering and minor in Music.  

After retirement from education, Hud’s interests turned to a second career in the Real Estate Market where he earned a license as a Real Estate broker and Mortgage Broker, forming a company with his daughter Janice, as Executive Home Loan, Inc. He also serviced on the Arrowhead Mutual Services board of directors and had a thriving Amway business.

Their hobbies varied, as Sue was hugely interested in Ballroom dancing, a activity that was hard to get her husband to join in with.  Her other interests included painting,  religious studies and starting a Amway business to help the family.

Hud’s interest included Ham radio, photography and turning hobbies, like bee keeping into a business.