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Nina Viola Hessman

Nina Viola (Anderson) Hessman, 86, a 55-year resident of Whiteland and New Whiteland, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis.

She was born Monday, March 7, 1927, in Pueblo, Ky., the ninth child of General Jackson Anderson and Elsie (Koger) Anderson, both of whom have passed.

She had two brothers, Hobart and Edison Anderson, who lived in Kentucky; six sisters, Zelma Gregory, Susie Thomson, Christine Burr and Lucille Perkins, all of whom lived in Indianapolis, Gendola Gossage, who lived in Muncie, and Ethel Roberts, who lived in Kentucky. All have previously passed.

She was the loving wife of 56 years to John Hessman, who passed on June 13; and they are survived by their two children, Wanetta Pfahler of Greenwood and Ron Hessman of Grand Rapids, Mich.

She also was preceded in death by her father- and mother-in-law, Harry and Martha (HoHeisel) Hessman; and five brothers-in-law, Leo, who lived in North Carolina, and Albert, Frank, Henry and Charley, all of whom lived in Indiana. She also was preceded in death by her stepfather-in-law, John Corcoran, and stepbrother-in-law, Priest Thomas Corcoran, both of whom lived in Indiana; and one cousin, Grover Stambaugh who lived in Whiteland.

She is survived by one sister-in-law, Rose Mary Miller of Indianapolis; and many nephews and nieces, including Phyllis Seaman of Greenwood, Imogene Grosheim of Cincinnati, Ella Martin of Marion, Bob Gossage of Anderson, Vicky Gossage of Florida, Albert Hessman of Greenwood, Joan Owen and Patty Smith, both of New Whiteland, James Hessman of Houston, Chris Hessman, Regina Jeffers, Dede Miller, Vicki Miller, Angela Lewis and Mark Miller, all of Indianapolis, and Charles Lee Hessman of Bloomington.

She grew up on a farm near Monticello, Ky. Her father was a farmer and the constable (sheriff) of the county. After he was killed in the line of duty in 1936 (he is listed on National Law Enforcement Memorial, and he was the great-great-great-great-grandson of Chief Chuqualatague “Doublehead” of Cherokee Sycamore Shoals Cumberland Plateau), she received a greater workload on the farm and later became the caregiver for her mother and grandmother.

After the passing of her grandmother, the family relocated from Kentucky to Indianapolis in the 1950s, and she worked at Standard Brands, where she would later meet her future husband.

They relocated from Indianapolis to the New Whiteland area in 1958 and lived there until their passing.

She worked for various companies, including a gift shop at Southern Plaza and John Myers cleaning service.

She was a founding member of New Whiteland First Southern Baptist Church.

She enjoyed home gardening and growing flowers. Many enjoyed her home cooking and Southern hospitality.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 1977 S. State Road 135, Greenwood, and will be conducted by retired Pastor Tommy Taylor of Virginia Beach, Va. Viewing will be from 11 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Donations can be made to the American Heart Association, in care of the funeral home.

Information: www.forest lawncemetery-fh.com

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