LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — As people are winding down their gift-buying for the Christmas season, one gift for many of us is one that was a bit early.
Much like the birth of the Christ child in humble surroundings, so was the birth of this female child just three days before Christmas. Her life since has resembled that of His testimony - not so much as with the prestige or controversy that the Savior brought to the inhabitants of the Earth, but one of humble submission to God’s guidance and direction.
She follows the scriptures in her daily activities, lending her heart out to anyone in need. But, with that help also comes conditions that are expected to be upheld. Although never raising her voice, reprimands are clear-cut and firm, but always overladen with love and concern.
She has dedicated her life on Earth to service for others, whether it be in her church or her community, with family or with friends. Although a resume might lack in her public employment, this woman has always worked. Her resume includes raising her own four children, doing bookkeeping for Hedrick Hardwood Floors - a business begun by her husband Bill, serving for years as director of Sinking Creek Baptist Church’s Vacation Bible School and directing the Christmas plays, Sunday School clerk, and Sunday School teacher. Had she ever sought public work, she would have been an outstanding business woman and her dedication to her church activities would easily win her the Volunteer of the Year award, hands down.
Although Dessie Caldwell Hedrick will celebrate her 81st birthday this Sunday, Dec. 22, she still cannot be termed as “old.” It was comical, even until a few years ago, that Dessie would say she had to go visit someone and “have to take care of the old people,” even though she was past 70 years old herself. But Dessie has always been young at heart.