Graveside services were held for Stella Hedrick, who passed away Sept. 10, 2006 at the age of 89. Stella was born in Lincoln, Neb., to James and Cora Derr, April 8, 1917.

As a teenager she moved to Lindsay with her adopted father Robert Cook and mother Cora. It was in Lindsay that she met and married Homer Hedrick, July 28, 1936 and together in 1947 they moved to Exeter, where they ranched for a number of years.

Stella loved fishing, going on horse pack trips in the back country and her time as a 4-H leader. Her beloved husband Homer passed away in 1991, so she moved to Visalia to be near her daughter and family, several years ago. We would like to give our heartfelt thanks to the loving caregivers who made Moms last few months as comfortable as possible.

Survivors include daughters; Pat Mead and husband Joe of Visalia, Janet Tedder and husband Bob of Twin Falls, Idaho, one sister, Lorraine Rich of Exeter, 6 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Donations may be made to either Heart or Cancer society. Arrangements under the direction of Smith Family Chapel, Exeter. Online condolences may be made at

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