By Ginna Parsons
TUPELO – Elaine and Winford Hudson have been making and taking bunny cakes to folks at Easter for 50 years.
The tradition started when their youngest son was born.
“We had a wonderful friend, Jo Benson, and her daughter, Judy, who brought us a bunny cake and we thought it was the cutest thing,” Elaine said. “I looked at it real good and decided I could make that. And I did.”
The next year, Elaine began making bunny cakes and delivering them to friends, church family members and shut–ins.
“Once in a while we’ll do as many as 20 in an Easter season and deliver them,” she said. “Some people I’ve been delivering to for 50 years. When the kids were here, we used to do this together as a family. I try to take one to someone new every year.”
In recent years, the couple – she is 86 and he is 88 – has slowed down just a bit and now makes only a handful each year.
“It takes us as long now to make those five as it used to take us to make 20,” Winford said.
The Hudsons have a daughter who lives in Florida and after she married, she decided to start making bunny cakes, Elaine said.
“Once, she was taking a bunny cake to a sick friend down the street and she started down the street and her neighbor’s children were outside and saw her with the cake and asked her where she was taking it,” Elaine said. “She looked at those kids and their eyes were right on the bunny cake and she said, ‘Oh, I was bringing it to you!’ And she gave them the cake. She did the right thing.”
Making cakes isn’t the only thing the couple does together. In fact, you might call them inseparable.
“If I’m outside, he’s outside,” Elaine said. “If he’s raking leaves, I’m raking leaves. We visit the sick together. If I’m cleaning, he’s got the vacuum cleaner going. When we go to the grocery store, we go together. It’s just basically been that way all our married lives. When we go to church, if I walk in first, they say, ‘Where’s Winford?’”
Both of the Hudsons were born and raised in Union County and they moved to Tupelo in 1960. Elaine is a retired teacher who taught P.E. at Church Street Elementary. Winford is retired from BellSouth. They have three children, seven grandchildren and two great–grands. They will celebrate 65 years of marriage in September.
“We’ve been blessed,” Elaine said. “It’s all been good. We don’t know what’s down the road, but we’ll take whatever comes.”
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