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Upstate woman turns 101 on Saturday

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China Lee Hudson (Source: Family) China Lee Hudson (Source: Family)
China Lee Hudson was a member of the Eastern Star Shriners for more than 61 years. (Source: Family) China Lee Hudson was a member of the Eastern Star Shriners for more than 61 years. (Source: Family)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate woman will turn 101 years old on Saturday.

China Lee Hudson was born in Abbeville on March 31, 1917 and now resides in Greenville, according to her granddaughter, Jocelin Dawson.

Hudson was pulled out of school after the second grade to work the cotton fields in Abbeville County. She left South Carolina for Philadelphia as a teenager but later returned in 1945 to make Greenville her home.

She married Robert Lee Hudson in 1946 and they had seven daughters together. Dawson said Hudson encouraged her children to get their education since she was unable to and later continued to encourage her grandchildren to get degrees. All the grandchildren have given Hudson their diplomas.

Hudson now has 12 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Dawson said since Hudson could not read, her daughters would come home from school, turn on the record player, and read the Bible to her. 

She was known in the Greenville community for years as the owner of the cafe, Small Paradise. The cafe was open for 15 years. 

She has been a member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church for over 70 years. 

Dawson said her grandmother's 100th birthday celebration last year drew a crowd of over 200. This Saturday's celebration will also be filled with friends and a family, a testament to all the lives Hudson has touched in her 101 years. 

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