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Helen Louise (Groves) Hedrick, age 81 of Petersburg, WV passed away on Thursday, October 19, 2023 at her home. Helen was born on June 21, 1942 in Maysville, WV and was a daughter of the late Earl Alston Groves and Neva Ellen (Ours) Groves. In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by one brother-in-law, Wilford Kirby and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Helen is survived by her husband of 58 years, Larry Allen Hedrick; one son, Roy A. Hedrick (Michelle) of Petersburg, WV; two grandsons, Ryan Ashford Hedrick and Marc Bauer Hedrick; two sisters, Betty Groves and Ellen Groves Kirby both of Petersburg, WV; two sisters -in-law, Barbara Merryman and Delores Hedrick; two brothers-in-law, Jerry Hedrick and Charles Hedrick and several nieces and nephews.
Helen was a 1960 graduate of Petersburg High School. She attended Potomac State College and graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics. She later attended the University of Maryland and received a master’s degree in foods and services. She began teaching school in Grant County in the late 60’s and then worked for the West Virginia Extension Service until 1976. She then continued her teaching career in Pleasants County, Hardy County and finally returned to Grant County where she retired in the spring of 2000. Following her teaching retirement, Helen authored several children’s books.Throughout her entire professional career, she was a leader and coached several youth 4-H activities.
In 1987 Helen and her husband Larry established the Homestead Inn motel on their farm. Helen was a lifelong beef cattle farmer and thoroughly enjoyed working with her Angus cattle.
Helen’s family will receive friends Saturday, October 21, 2023 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg..
Funeral service will be Sunday, October 22, 2023 at 1:00 PM in the chapel of Schaeffer Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Hakes, Chaplain of Grant Memorial Hospice and the Rev. Robert Baer, Jr., Pastor of Grove Street United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in the Lahmansville Cemetery.
Those who wish to remember Helen in a special way may make memorial contributions to Grant County 4-H All-Stars, WVU Grant County Extension, 114 N. Grove Street, Petersburg, WV 26847 or Petersburg High School Scholarship Fund, 89 Riverview Drive, Petersburg, WV 26847 or West Virginia Junior Angus Association, c/o Adam and Casey Hayes, 561 Snider Loop, Kingwood, WV 26537, (304) 685-9523, Whitehouse.email@example.com.