(1881 – 1943)
Janie Elizabeth S. Rudd was born September 22, 1881, and died November 30, 1943. A native of Clairborne, Alabama, Mrs. Rudd graduated from Monroe County High School and attended college at Judson; Peabody in Nashville, Tennessee; Auburn University; and Montevallo. After receiving her B.S. degree, she taught art and music in Monroeville, Centerville High School, and Lineville College.
Mrs. Rudd’s first employment with Extension was in Tuscaloosa County as Home Demonstration Agent from 191S to 1923. She was credited with being a pioneer in Home Demonstration Club work in her first job. From 1923 to 1943, Mrs. Rudd served as Home Demonstration Agent in Clay County, where she remained until her retirement.
Extension Director P. O. Davis’s Official Letter carried praise for her work. “She was a pioneer in her work … always enthusiastic and anxious to render the best possible service to her constituents. Her spirit in every way was excellent and she, therefore, will be greatly missed by all her coworkers as well as by those with and for whom she worked.”
A former 4-H’er of Mrs. Rudd’s said she always had good attendance at club meetings, especially at the countywide rally held on the courthouse grounds. She was active in her church and had many friends in Clay County. She was a charter member of Epsilon Sigma Phi at Auburn University.
In recognition of the work she did and the joy she brought others, the name Janie Elizabeth S. Rudd is inscribed on the dedicatory plaque of the Extension Memorial Chapel.
Chapel Plaque Inscription Number: 209