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Laverne Hedrick-Andrew, 80, Columbus

Laverne Hedrick-Andrew, 80, Columbus, passed away May 7, 2014, at her home.

She was born March 13, 1934, in Martinsville, 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. She was a cheerleader for their basketball team.

She began her career working at J.C. Penney in Columbus. She retired from Arvin Industries after 44 years of service. Most of those years she worked in payroll at the 17th Street location of Arvinal. 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 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. 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 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 of 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 and Sara, Mike and Matt Weiske; and great-grandchildren, Cole and Dalton Hedrick and Kaleigh and Wylan Hill.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, May 12 at Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 State Road 46 East, with David Hays officiating, burial will follow in Christiansburg Cemetery. The family will receive visitors at the church from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 11 and one hour before the service.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home in Nashville.

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

Online condolences can be made to the family at

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  • August 29
    Watermelon fundraiser on Village Green
    1 to 4 p.m. Village Green, Main and Jefferson streets
  • August 30
    Golf scramble to benefit BCHS athletics set
    1 p.m. Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • August 30
    Mission trip presentation at Fruitdale church
    2 p.m. Midway Church,
  • September 3
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 3
    Future of rural places subject of talk
    5:30 p.m. Brown County Inn, 51 State Road 46 East
  • September 5
    BCHS class of 2005 reunion slated
    3 to 6 p.m., 8 p.m. Deer Run Park; Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • September 6
    Read to dogs at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 8
    Peaceful Valley Heritage meeting
    6:30 p.m. BCCF, 209 S. Van Buren St.
  • September 8
    Retired teachers
    noon Hotel Nashville, 245 N. Jefferson St.
  • September 9
    Nashville Town Council
    6 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • September 12
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • September 18
    BucCornEar Festival fundraiser returns
    4 to 8 p.m. JTFD, 4831 Helmsburg Road, Helmsburg
  • September 18
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    7:30 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 19
    BucCornEar Festival fundraiser returns
    8 a.m. to 8 p.m. JTFD, 4831 Helmsburg Road, Helmsburg
  • September 19
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    6 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 20
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    2 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 28
    American history DVD to play at library
    1 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • October 4
    Read to a dog at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane