LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Even now, she cooks breakfast for her family each morning as well as for family gatherings for birthdays and other special occasions. Even in her early 70s, she traveled to visit family and friends, driving those without transportation to their needed appointments or visiting the sick. It has been her joy to go back into the wooded area behind her house to enjoy the beauty of nature and while others took refuge inside their homes with air conditioning or fans, Dessie would be outside, basking in “this beautiful day the Lord has given us.”
The sound of her mini-van traveling up the road serves as timely as an alarm clock on Sundays, marking the times when church is ready to start and again, when the services are over. As she drives en route to church her attention is focused on the roadway, but if she notices someone outside their home she smiles and waves.
If she ever stops to visit, even in passing, you can rest assured that the conversation will not end without her classic comment, “I’d like to see you in church.”
As her night vision decreased over the past several years, she has sacrificed attending Wednesday night services. But while she is at home during those times, she is inevitably reading her Bible or doing something that exemplifies her faith in God.
She has served as a role model to family and friends, always friendly and caring. Although she can be credited for giving birth to four children, she has served as a mother figure to nieces, nephews, cousins and even her brothers and in-laws. To try and count the number of good deeds that she and Bill — her husband of just 10 months short of 50 years — would be impossible. But the legacy that she has carried throughout her long life is the same — one of steadfast faith in God and believing in the good in people, intermingled with common sense and solid advice.