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.
For some, the month of February is just the second month of the year, a time to let your sweetie know how much you care, to worry if the groundhog saw his shadow, to get income taxes done and find out if you are getting a big, fat refund check.
While getting my hair cut, I started a conversation with some lovely ladies about what they would like to read about. Overwhelmingly, they wanted to hear some ideas and suggestions on helping their children gain and keep confidence in themselves. I remember struggling with that same thought when my children were growing up. As a parent, most all of us want what is best for our child.
Marie Clifford said she really doesn’t know what all the fuss is about.
“I did my job and raised my children, nothing really that special,” she said.
But after surviving bombings of her village during World War II and spending 40 years in the food service industry, retiring from Stone Hearth in Elizabethtown last month, Clifford’s story is more unique than she might think.