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Obituary: Laverne Hedrick-Andrew, Columbus

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Laverne Hedrick-Andrew, 80, of Columbus, passed away May 7, 2014, at her home. She was born March 13, 1934, in Martinsville, IN, the daughter of Thomas and Opal (Schoolcraft) McDaniel. They preceded her in death.

Laverne was raised in Brown County and was a 1952 graduate of Van Buren High School where she was a cheerleader for the basketball team. She began her career working at J.C. Penney in Columbus. She retired from Arvin Industries after 44 years of service, working most of those years in payroll at the 17th Street location of Arvinyl. Many employees have said Laverne was the prettiest girl to have worked at the plant and she would stop the presses when walking through the factory to collect time cards.

Laverne enjoyed traveling with her husband, Joe, to places she had never seen before, especially the Rocky Mountains, going on cruises, and vacationing with her grandchildren in Florida. She was a huge fan of Joe’s Senior Softball games, hunting mushrooms, and sports cars. Laverne enjoyed staying in shape by line dancing four days a week, walking, and doing Pilates. People were amazed at how adept she was at raising flowers around the house, with neighbors stopping by to admire them.

She enjoyed watching basketball games, especially IU and her son, Randy, at Brown County High School where he was part of the 1976 team that won the regional championship. Laverne enjoyed watching her son, Ric, play guitar in his Bluegrass band. When her boys were young they played in The Hedrick Boys Bluegrass Band with their cousins and Laverne followed the band all over the area. She was a beautiful, outgoing, caring woman who was always smiling. She was a strong Christian woman who read her Bible daily. She attended Parkview Church of the Nazarene in Nashville. She loved little kids, especially her grandchildren.

Laverne raised her two sons, Ric and Randy Hedrick, near Story, IN, while married to Ted Hedrick. She and her husband of 24 years, Joe Andrew, presently lived in Columbus. She belonged to Total Fitness Club, Topps Club and Mill Race Community Center.

Survivors include, her husband, Joe K. Andrew I, Columbus; sons, Ric (Charmaine) Hedrick and Randy (Vicki) Hedrick, all of Brown County; stepchildren, Charlotte Weiske and Joe (Alyssa) Andrew II of Greenwood; grandchildren, Justin Hedrick, Amber (Kevin) Hill, Sara (Andy) Brandstatter, Jaclyn Hedrick, Sara, Mike, and Matt Weiske; and great-grandchildren, Cole and Dalton Hedricka and Kaleigh and Wylan Hill.

Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 12 at Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 E. State Road 46, Nashville, with David Hays officiating. Burial will follow at Christiansburg Cemetery. The family will receive visitors at the church Sunday, May 11, from 4 until 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service Monday. These services have been entrusted to Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home, Nashville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Parkview Church of the Nazarene, P.O. Box 96, Nashville, IN 47448.

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