Audrey Luvina Woods, age 83 passed away Sunday, March 26, 2017 at her home in Batesville, IN. Born September 19, 1933 in Batesville, she was the daughter of Jesse & Della (Martin) Shoopman.She married Virgil Woods on Oct. 5, 1949 in St. Paul, IN and was a member of Negangards Corner Freewill Baptist Church. She retired from Hospitality Hall as a QNA.Audrey is survived by her daughters Cookie Smith, Donna Palmer (Jerry), Brenda Jessee & Glenna Goodin (Jamie) and sons Tim Woods (Shelia) & Jesse Henry (Kay). She will also be missed by her 16 grandchildren and many great grandchildren and great grandchildren along with her brother Fred Shoopman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Virgil Woods in 1993, her children Virgil Mitchel Woods, Mary Renee Woods & Molly Lee Woods and her brothers Bob, Bill & Jesse Shoopman.Visitation will be Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 11am until time of services at 2pm at Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville, IN with Bro. Dale Lucus officiating. Burial will follow services in Batesville United Methodist Cemetery.Memorials are suggested to the family c/o Meyers Funeral Home, P.O. Box 202, Batesville, IN 47006.Online condolences at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com
CASTAIC – Some of the kids at school teased him and called him names, and a teacher told him he needed to cut his hair. But 13-year-old Hunter Young didn’t care what anyone thought because he was on a mission in his brother’s name: to grow his blond hair long enough to donate it to Locks of Love, a charity that makes hairpieces for patients who have lost their own tresses. “I once saw this kid at school who was bald,” Hunter said. “I asked him why he didn’t have any hair and he said he had cancer and had to have chemo and lost his hair. Then I heard about Locks of Love on TV and I thought maybe I could grow mine and give it to the kid.” It took two years, but on Wednesday, Hunter’s mission was accomplished when his mom took shears and cut 13 inches of hair from her son’s head – 3 inches more than Locks of Love requires. “He has the most beautiful blond hair. It looks like silk,” Hunter’s mom, Penny Young, said Friday. Locks of Love is a a nonprofit organization that uses donations of real hair to create hair prosthetics for children who have lost their hair due to illness, often from chemotherapy. Hunter asked his mom if boys ever donated. “I told him they did, and he immediately said he wanted to grow his hair out and do that,” Young said. Hunter was motivated by the experience of his older brother, Michael, 23, who suffers from Hodgkin’s lymphoma and lost his hair a few years ago while undergoing treatment. Michael has been in and out of remission since he was 16, and while at one point he wasn’t expected to live, he’s now doing well. “Hunter saw Michael lose all his hair. Hunter has seen quite a few challenges that affect our family, which makes him a little different from other kids,” Young said. Hunter’s two sisters, Rachelle, 25, and Kayla, 18, both have heart problems and Rachelle underwent open-heart surgery when she was 16. Older brother Travis, 16, was born with cystic fibrosis and is a quadriplegic. Hunter and 22-year-old Sean are both healthy. “Hunter, being the youngest and seeing all this has made him who he is,” Young said. “He’s got a very tender heart. I think he notices things like handicaps more because of what he’s been through. He just has a sweet, big heart.” When Hunter walked into class at Thursday morning, one of his teachers – all were supportive after learning his story – told him he was in the wrong class. She didn’t recognize him. “Yes, he’s very bald now,” Young said. “When I looked in the mirror, I was so surprised,” Hunter said. He found long hair a hassle, blowing in his face when he rode his scooter. But Hunter said he would do it again. And his classmate? “Before I could donate it, he got a new wig. But I thought, `Hey, I can do it for someone else. I’m glad it will go to someone.” Those interested in donating hair to Locks of Love can visit www.locksoflove.org for information. It is estimated that 80 percent of donations come from children who want to help other children. [email protected] (661) 257-5256 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!