Hudson resident Nancy Gary is one of 30 people selected nationwide to display a quilt in Grand Central Station as part of its 100th anniversary celebration.

Gary, coordinator of the Prayer Quilt Ministry of St. Mary and the First Congregational Church of Hudson, will be honored at a reception in New York when the show opens in March.

The honorable mention Gary earned in the nationwide contest is particularly gratifying since her late husband, Richard, had a life-long fascination with trains.

"When I read about the Grand Central Station quilt contest, I wanted to enter a quilt as a tribute to him," Gary said.

Her husband lost his battle against cancer in 2012. He was 64.

"He loved trains and Grand Central Station. We went there often when we visited our son who lived in New York. He loved the trains in Hudson, too. Sometimes he would just go down to the railroad tracks and watch the trains," she said. "I know if he were here he would be cheering me on."

The detailed quilt took her three months to complete.

The quilts will be exhibited at the Grand Central Station Museum from March 18 through July, according to Gary.

The Prayer Quilt Ministry Gary coordinates was founded in 2005 by Karen Verner with a grant from Laurel Lake Retirement Community.

It meets twice a month -- the first Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and the third Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Hudson.

"We've done more than 900 quilts," Gary said.

The quilters, who number anywhere from three to 30, make the quilts then take them to their respective churches when there is a prayer quilt request. Then members of the congregations can pray for the person while tying yarn into the quilt.

"The person receiving the quilt knows that 60 to 90 people have prayed for them," Gary said.


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