Lydia Payne’s focus is to make life better for area children.
Some of what the 59-year-old does is through the Vine Grove Optimist Club, but she helped kids long before her move to Hardin County.
At age 19, she left her hometown in Mississippi when she became a military wife. After having two kids, that marriage ended in divorce, but she met another military man, Daniel, and has been married to him for 30 years.
When she met him, she only weighed 72 pounds and was anorexic.