One Who Cares: Lavonne Hardee

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Lavonne Hardee of Newton stays young at 85 by giving her time to others.

Hardee still works every day, either as a pink lady at the local hospital, for her church, or the chamber of commerce, or her friends and family.

She says she may not get a paycheck anymore, but her heart is full because of her volunteer work.

Hardee retired from Newton County Bank after 34 years, only to start working as a volunteer at the Pioneer Community Hospital the very next day:

"I always tell people I just get paid here," she said, pointing to her heart.

Carolyn Richardson nominated her friend and former co-worker. She calls her the Energizer bunny:

"She lives her faith twenty-four, seven," said Richardson. "She's just constantly doing. Her heart is so big, I think she gets up every morning saying 'what can I do for somebody?' It's never self, It's what can I do for somebody else?"

Hardee is the mother of three, grandmother of four, and great-grandmother of eleven. Her daughter says she knows her mother is blessed by helping others:

"It's not the big things she does every day, like the birthday calendar; it's the little things she does every day that I think really help her to stay young," said Hardee's daughter Debbie Coghlan.

"You know you feel on top of the world when you've done something for somebody. I just hope somebody's passing it on," Hardee said.

To nominate someone for 11 Who Care, you may get a form at WTOK, 815 23rd Avenue, Meridian, MS 39301, or print one online. A link is provided below.