Mary Hedman

The Kentucky Orchid Society lost a long term member and a great lover of orchids in January. Here you will find her obituary from the Courier Journal and some comments from members who knew Mary personally.

Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to her family and friends

The KOS made a contribution to the American Orchid Society in Mary’s honor.

Courier Journal Obituary

Louisville – Mary Louise Hedman, 94, entered into rest on Sunday January 19, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harris “Joe” Hedman and brother, William “Pete” Lewis. She was a member of Parkland Baptist Church and Orchid Society of Kentucky, and Daylily Society. Mary and Joe in 1966 became Co – Owner of Hedman’s Florist and Greenhouse. She is survived by her children, William Hedman (Donna) and Walter Hedman; Grandson, William Hedman, Jr., and Granddaughter, Robin Hedman; Great Grandchildren, Hunter, Madison, Emma Hedman. 

Comments from KOS members who remember Mary fondly:

From Gwen Hartmann:

Mary was a vital part of the KOS for a number of years.  She was a retired florist who loved ALL kinds of flowers.  She was a member of a number of flower organizations and was active in all.  Her yard was full of roses, a large number of day lilies and she also had a large koi pond.  At one time, she had 2 large greenhouses full of orchids and showed them all. She always made sure that when any member of KOS passed away, a big display of orchids was at the service to remember that person. 

 From Jim McCulloch:

Mary and Joe Hedman were already long time members of the KOS when Dixie and I joined in 1988. She and Joe were very welcoming and helpful to us. Mary was a good grower, and won the Clara Fanelli award in 1989. She and Joe both loved large Cattleyas 

As you know, the KOS has a reputation for providing great food for the guests at our shows. Mary was responsible for creating this reputation. She always put out a terrific spread. The only problem was that she did such a great job — and mostly by herself –that it became hard to find somebody to replace her when she decided to ‘retire’ (I think we overcame that problem). Mary won the service award in 1990.

For years Mary was a welcoming face for the KOS, and will be missed.