Mavis Boston Hedrick

June 15, 1933February 24, 2016
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Mavis Boston Hedrick, 82, of Conover, NC, passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton, NC, after a period of declining health.

Born June 15, 1933 in Alexander County, she was the daughter of the late Lester Boston and Maude Beakley Boston. Other than her family, Mavis’ greatest joy was her involvement in her church and her career as an educator. Mavis was an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Newton, NC, where she was an elder, member of the choir, Presbyterian Women, and where she had helped start the Love-N-Care Child Development Center many years ago. Mavis was an educator for over 35 years including 26 years as principal of South Newton Elementary School in Newton, NC. She was the second female principal and during her career received the Principal of the Year Award for Newton-Conover City Schools. Mavis was known at South Newton Elementary School for her youth chorus group and her yearly Halloween Carnival, which was attended each year by her students and students from other local schools. She was a member of the Gamma Phi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, serving in numerous leadership capacities in furthering educational pursuits for teachers. Mavis received the 2015 Red Blazer Award, given by Newton-Conover City Schools for outstanding service, dedication and contribution to the school system. She was also a member of The Daughters of the American Revolution, local garden club, and was a former member and treasurer of the Western Piedmont Symphony.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Keith Boston and Ray Boston; and sisters, Maxine Rice and Faye Boston. She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, G. Richard Hedrick; daughter, Heidi Jonas and husband, Eddie of Newton, NC; brother, Edward Boston and wife, Frankie of Naples, FL; sister, JoAnn Adkins and husband, Bill of Hickory, NC; granddaughter, Ericka Krueger and husband, Brian; great-granddaughter, Emmy Krueger; numerous nieces and nephews.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church in Newton with Rev. Steven Barnes officiating.

The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall following the service.

A private graveside service for the family will be held at Catawba Memorial Park in Hickory, NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Mavis B. Hedrick Scholarship Fund for Educators, c/o Newton-Conover City Schools, 605 N. Ashe Avenue, Newton, NC, 28658, or to First Presbyterian Church, 701 N. Main Ave., Newton, NC, 28658.


  • Service of Remembrance Saturday, February 27, 2016
  • Receiving of Friends Saturday, February 27, 2016

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Frances Syptak

March 2, 2016

Mavis and I were members of the Hickory Tavern DAR together and I always looked forward to seeing her and learning more about her teaching career in Catawba County. She was indeed a shining light for all of us.

Francie Sinnett Carney

February 29, 2016

So sad to hear we've lost such a special lady! I have such fond memories of having her as my principal and being in her school chorus. What an impact she made on many many children. Prayers and sympathies to the family.

Geitner Simmons

February 29, 2016

I extend my sympathy and prayers to Mavis's family. Mavis was a wonderful, energetic educational leader who made a real difference in the Newton-Conover system. A true education leader. I thought the world of her, and I have the highest respect for Richard, one of the dearest Christian gentlemen I know.

Stephen Klinger

February 27, 2016

I went to South Newton in the mid-80's and was in the chorus. I will never forget Mrs Hedrick calling all of the boys in the chorus her "boy-friends" because, she would explain, "you're boys and you're my friends". She always went out of her way to make everyone feel special and looked after. I was saddened to hear of her passing and will always remember her with a smile. God bless you.

Michael Waddell

February 27, 2016

Mrs Hedrick was one of the truly generous spirits that I have ever known. She was kind, caring, and genuine. I am so thankful to have had her as a role model and appreciate her so much.

Cathy Summey Gregg

February 26, 2016

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Betty Pope Hewitt

February 25, 2016

Richard, Heidi and family,
I'm so sorry about Mavis. Thinking of you all and praying for you now and in the days ahead.

February 25, 2016

Dear Richard, Heidi and family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Mavis was always very special to our family. Her friendship with my Mom, Joyce, was special in every way. She was my 6th grade teacher and had a very strong influence on my life. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Mike Wilson

Laurie Heavner

February 25, 2016

My name is Laurie Hall Heavner. I was a student at South Newton Elementary in my 5th grade year around 1985. Mrs. Hedrick was the principal. Once when my neighbor lost two of her dogs, one was spotted near the justice center by a classmate while on her way to school in the morning. . I ran to Mrs. Hedrick's office to beg her to let me call my mom to come and and take me to see if we could find that little dog. Mrs. Hedrick took me herself. We drove all around trying to find this dog and though we did not, I have never forgotten how she stopped everything to help me that day. I send my deepest sympathy to you, her family. May God bless you and keep you. And to Mrs. Hedrick, thank you for touching my life. I will always remember you.

Mary Anne Shoener

February 25, 2016

Dear Heidi and all the family,
I am very sorry to hear about your Mom. From talking with you over the years I know you had told me she had health problems.....but we are never ready or prepared to lose our Moms. Having lost my Mom last year and she had dementia....
, I still miss her so much every day. I have such fond memories of your Mom, as a young girl going to your house and spending the night. At that age I thought I was always staying at a VIP's house, knowing she was a Principal at South Newton School. May your wonderful memories of your Mom bring you peace and comfort during this time. Our family will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Love and prayers,
Mary Anne Shoener and all the Brockhoff family