Saturday, May 21, 2022

Gertrude Nora Hedrick, 76, dedicated volunteer who brought out the best in others

Gertrude Nora Hedrick
Gertrude Nora Hedrick

HAMPTON — Gertrude Nora Hedrick, 76, loving wife, mother, and grandmother went to be with our heavenly Father.

Gertrude was born in La Grange, Georgia, to Paul Robert and Willie Mae Helfrich. She went to Newport News High School and nursing school briefly. Gertrude married Richard Lane Hedrick Jan. 7, 1977. She had one daughter, Paula; and a grandson, Paul, who she raised.

She enjoyed traveling with her family throughout the years to new places and along the East Coast. In her younger years, she had an antique store that she owned with her late husband, stocked by travel, and later in life, travel for leisure. She always seemed to always lead whatever group she joined. In her words, because “no one knew where they ought to be.” She was a homeroom mother, PTA chairman, VA volunteer and fundraiser coordinator.

She was headstrong, always sticking to her beliefs, but also outgoing. She never met a stranger and always walked away knowing their life story. She was very caring, loving and always there for her family and friends. She was willing to help whenever she could, bringing the best out of all around her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; and parents, Paul and Mae.

She is survived by her daughter, Paula; her grandson, Paul and a large extended family.

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m., Monday, May 3, at Peninsula Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made  to the Liberty Live Church Missions Fund.

Share online condolences with the family at Weymouth Funeral Home.

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