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Dorothy Zerr Hedrick, 81 passed away on March 30,2020 at the Kansas City Hospice House. Dorothy was born on January 21st , 1939 in Philadelphia , Pa to Clifford and Dorothy Farrell Zerr.
Dorothy graduated as a Registered Nurse from Roxborough Memorial Hospital in 1959 and went on to serve in the United States Navy from 1961—1965 in Pensacola Fl.. She met Jerry W Hedrick in Pensacola at the Officers Club , where Jerry was in Flight School to become a Naval Aviator. Jerry & Dorothy were married on July 4, 1964 in a military wedding in Virginia Beach, VA.
After the Navy, Dorothy worked as an RN at The Medical Center of Independence . Dorothy went on to to hold the position of Director of Nurses at Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Hospital in Kansas City and also served as the Director of Medical Personnel Pool in
Dorothy was active in the PTA at Hazel Grove Elementary School and Lee’s Summit High School . She was quite active in the Lakewood Community serving on many committees and also bowled for many years in the Lakewood Ladies Bowing League. Dorothy served on the Lee’s Summit Public Safety Advisory Board and was an integral part of the new Police Department Headquarters that was built. Since 1996 , Dorothy, along with Jerry, were caregivers to Phil Hedrick , Jerry’s brother, who was in a helicopter crash.
Dorothy was an active member of Woods Chapel United Methodist Church since 1976. She was a true believer in Jesus Christ and was a member of the Heart of America Camino organization beginning in 1985 and held many positions including Rector.
Dorothy had many friends that she remained true and faithful to throughout her life. Those that knew Dorothy , also knew much family meant to her , especially her grand children . She loved the families annual trips to the beach and loved to laugh and a passion for fun . Dorothy was known for her quick witt and her honesty.
Dorothy is survived by her husband of 55 years , Jerry Hedrick, her son’s Jerry Hedrick Jr and Michael Hedrick (Stacy ) , granddaughter Kennedy Grace Hedrick and grandson’s Max and Sam Hedrick. She was preceded in death by her daughter , Christi Hedrick . her mother Dorothy Farrell Zerr and her step father Hugh Dornan.
Bob & Elsie Weir says
Please accept our condolences Dorothy was a truly lovely person and will be missed by all.
Mel Blunt says
I am so sorry for the loss of dear Dorothy and Phil. Dorothy was such a vibrant fun lady, and dear friend. I surely miss her.
Marilyn & George says
Jer’ sorry for your loss. Marilyn and I always enjoyed visiting with you and Dot on the kids baseball outings. You and yours are in our prayers. Marilyn and George Laddish
Jeannine Farrer says
Jerry, thank you for thinking about Dotty’s classmates during this most heartbreaking time. I enjoyed looking at Dotty’s life. It’s so hard to see my classmates slipping away. I know that we only had 3 years together, but we bonded so tightly. I know that she had a wonderful life with you, and you both had a wonderful family. God bless you and your children. Dotty will always be in my thoughts . Thank you again for your thoughtfulness.
Jo Reistad says
Jerry, my deepest sympathies to you, Jerry, and Michael for your loss of Dorothy and your brother, Phil. Dorothy was a wonderful friend and a blessing to me during a tough time in my life. I’ve missed the old days, laughing and lounging at the pool, bowling, holiday gatherings with your family, or just enjoying a diet coke together. Much love, Jo Reistad
Jack Vest says
Jerry, With deep regret we are writing the words of condolences to you for the loss of Dorothy and your brother, Phil. Although, lately far in distance, you are always in our thoughts and hearts. Take good care of yourself and have a good time with your boys and grandchildren. Love to you and family, Jack and Bozena Vest
Adele Smith Collipriest says
Jerry dear, my heart is so full of loving empathy and deepest sympathy for you and your family. A lette will follow, but I am so grateful for your faithful, and sincere friendship that I cherish deeply. You and dorothy hold a very special place in my heart.
Take good care of yourself, and let the Savior be your constant source of peace and comfort.
With my love,
Adele Smith Collipriest (Cdr Gene A. Smith, KIA)