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Mittie “Stevie” Hydrick (née Stephens) transitioned to her eternal home on Sunday, March 6, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Joseph P. and Mae Stephens of Spartanburg, SC, and she was a resident of Henderson County for 50 years.
Always involved in the community, she served as the president of the Land O’ Sky Garden Club and the Pardee Hospital Auxiliary. She was secretary of the Lake Summit Property Owners Association, a position she held for 32 years. Ever the entrepreneur, she became known for starting or owning several businesses in Hendersonville, NC including The Plaid Door, Toy Town USA Ltd., and Arts, Crafts, and Framing. A devoted golfer, she helped to found the Hendersonville Country Club Nine Hole Women’s group of which she won two championships. She also served on the Altar Guilds of St. James and St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal churches and enjoyed flower arranging and wedding direction at both. Recently, she had devoted her attention to the St. John’s Backpack Program.
After growing up in Spartanburg, Stevie moved to Virginia where she married Frank Rick, who was killed in action in Italy during World War II. In Virginia, she worked at the Dahlgren Naval Proving Grounds with the original seven Mercury Astronauts for what would eventually become NASA. She later met and married the late Daniel E. Hydrick, Jr. The two moved to Dallas, TX where they adopted two children, Bill and Anne. The family would settle in Henderson County in 1966.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her siblings, brothers, Chester Stephens (Dorothy), Jack Stephens, and Joe H. Stephens (Dottie); and sisters, Vinnie Billings (Ernie), and Guynita Stephens.
Stevie is survived by her children, William of New Orleans LA, and Stephanie Anne McManus of Waxhaw NC; grandchildren, Cameron and Reece Baldwin; brother, Ray Stephens (Carol); sister-in-law, Carolyn Stephens of Spartanburg; numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family as well as many “girls” who claim her as mom.
A member of the Greatest Generation, Stevie survived the Great Depression, sacrificed a husband to freedom in WW II, witnessed the assassination of a President, and watched man walk on the moon. She raised a family and served her community. She provided for her children through snow and ice storms, and a hurricane named Katrina. Known for her infectious laugh and outgoing personality by all who met her, Stevie worked industriously, played honorably, loved and was loved by all she knew.
Services will be held at St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church in Flat Rock on Friday, March 18th at 3:00 PM. The family will receive visitors following the service in the parish hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the St. John’s Backpack Program, P.O. Box 185, Flat Rock, NC 28731.
Carolina Cremation of Charlotte and Salisbury is assisting the Hydrick family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com.