Helen Hedrick


Helen Gladys Bolton Hedrick, 90, of Columbus, went peacefully to be with her Lord from her home at 10:40 a.m. Monday, September 19, 2016.

She was born at home on her parents’ farm in Jennings County, Indiana, on Jan. 31, 1926, to Ralph Hubert Bolton and Grace Marling Bolton, both from farming families. She married Virgil Hedrick on June 28, 1947, in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana. They were happily married for 63 years. Virgil passed away on July 15, 2010, in Bartholomew County, Columbus, Indiana.

She graduated from Columbus High School and worked a short time for Cummins Engine Company where she met Virgil.

She enjoyed working in her flower garden and many years kept a large vegetable garden. She also loved to sew, embroider and quilt and created an impressive array of garments, home decor items, beautiful quilts and other artistic textile pieces as personal gifts from her heart.

She enjoyed being a 4-H leader for many years and had also been a member of the local home economics club. She faithfully attended services at Shiloh Baptist Church, where she had served as a Sunday school teacher and treasurer. Additionally, she sang in their choir for many years and had been a member of Shiloh since 1940.

She loved singing and to hear others perform and would chord a few old-time songs on the piano and sing to them, amusing her listeners. She encouraged all her children to play the piano and one currently serves as church pianist.

Travel satisfied her interest in beautiful sights, pioneer days and our country’s history, but, most of all, enabled her to spend precious quality time with much-loved family members, some of whom lived away. She traveled to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Pennsylvania Amish areas, Colonial Williamsburg, Niagara Falls, Washington D.C., Gettysburg, Mount Vernon, New Orleans, Hawaii and historical sites in Tennessee and Kentucky, including Gatlinburg.

During visits with her sister, Ruth, their laughter was infectious when they sang funny duets of old love songs, or played euchre or Rook with their brother, or teased each other about something funny they’d done.

A beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Gladys is survived by four daughters, Susan Gubatan, Anne (Jerry) Williams, Jill (Keith) Foster and Gay Ellen Whipker, all of Columbus. She was the proud grandmother of eight, Sylvia (Rick) Fisher of Zionsville, Indiana, Brent (Kathy Loftis) Gubatan of Athens, Georgia, Jason (Sarah Jacobi) Williams of Bloomington, Indiana, Kimberly (Jamie Mix) Williams of Seymour, Indiana, Kirk (Heather) Foster of Columbus, Cameron (Keri) Foster of Columbus, Andy (Dana) Whipker of Columbus and Abby Whipker of New York City. Additionally, she was proud of her four great-grandchildren, Kayla Williams, Landen Mix and Emersyn and Gavin Whipker. Her sister-in-law, Joyce Hopkins Bolton, also survives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a brother, Forrest Marling Bolton, also of Columbus; and a sister, Ruth Bolton Roller and her husband Frank Roller of Blountville, Sullivan County, Tennessee.

A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 22, 2016, at Shiloh Baptist Church, 11988 E. State Road 46, Columbus, Indiana where Pastor Ancel Harden officiated. Family and friends also visited during the calling hours 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 21, at Barkes Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street, Columbus, and prior to the funeral service Thursday at the church.

Burial services were conducted at Garland Brook Cemetery, Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana, following the funeral.

Great-grandson, Landen Mix played a solo, “Amazing Grace”, on his trombone following both services.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shiloh Baptist Church or to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

Online condolences and special memories may be shared with the Hedrick family at barkesweaverglick.com.