Loudie Belle Hurst Conklin was born February 13, 1923, at her family’s ranch home in Bay City, Texas. She passed away February 9, 2018 at Matagorda Regional Medical Center in Bay City, Texas. She was the only child of Ada Huebner Hurst and Bernard Hurst of Bay City. Loudie grew up here in Bay City with her best friend and Cousin Mary Louise Huebner Frazier. They spent their youth horseback riding and enjoying small town life. As a young woman Loudie and her friends loved to entertain our service men who came to the USO dances from Camp Hulen of Palacios during the war. Loudie loved telling about the endless dancing and all the handsome soldiers she met. She also later taught dancing for the Arthur Murray dance studios.
She graduated from Bay City High School and went to college at Southwestern in Georgetown. She returned to Bay City and soon started taking art lessons from renowned artist Simon Michael. In these classes were a young soon to be famous artist Dalhart Windberg and a young man named Bill Conklin who was to become her husband and love of her life. Loudie and Billy Wayne married in 1952 and of this happy marriage two sons were born in Bay City. Mark was born in 1953 and local artist Raleigh born in 1955.
Loudie lived her life in between Los Angeles and Bay City for many years. Bill was a talented artist and worked for J. C. Penny’s for many years in the art department setting up their art displays. Their son Raleigh was to learn much from his father this way. Bill was an actor and was in many television shows and movies. Loudie also acted and did extra work. She loved talking about meeting and working in a movie with the handsome Sam Elliot. Loudie missed Bay City and all her relatives so the family returned home to her mom when Bill became terminally ill with Lou Gehrig disease. Loudie always enjoyed talking about her Bill whom she missed so much and about her extended Frazier family whom she so loved. Her love for the Lord was in every breath she took.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Mark and husband Bill Conklin. Her son Raleigh wishes to thank Mrs. Rose Singletary, a very special woman who was Loudie’s caretaker. Rose’s love, hard work, compassion and endless patience made Loudies life that much brighter. Rose also took care of Loudie’s mom in her final days. The family also wished to thank Brother Mike Zimmerman of First Baptist Church of Bay who brought so much comfort to Loudie. His care and compassion for her over the years was greatly appreciated. Thank you also to Gary Kubeckza for all his kindness