I would like to begin my article by commenting on the death of our Town Commissioner Nita Hedreen who passed away on Monday, August 18th following a long and courageous battle with cancer. Nita was first a dear friend and someone I had come to know, love and appreciate. She was a loving wife, a wonderful mother and a caring and doting grandmother. The Town of Emerald Isle has lost a dedicated public servant. Our entire community has lost a loving and caring person. I would like to share with you the remarks about Nita that I spoke at her Memorial Service at Chapel by the Sea on Thursday, August 21.
To Bruce, Susan and Ryan and other family members we ask that God’s presence be with you this day and we thank God for Nita and ask our Heavenly Father to wrap his healing arms around you this day.
For the past 15 years it has been my pleasure to come to know and love Nita and Bruce, a remarkable and loving couple. I had the privilege of working with Nita for the past 14 years on different committees and it gave me a glimpse of her love and commitment to Emerald Isle. But more importantly, it afforded me the opportunity to see her love of God and her commitment to others. The past 14 months were difficult for Nita and Bruce, but in these months their love for each other grew stronger and their faith in God grew each day. In her battle with cancer Nita taught me and others the value of faith in God and the love and commitment of family. Nita and Bruce’s faith grew stronger and her attitude was so very positive. I know the night I won the elections very boldly she said to me —“I am looking forward to working with you for the next four years.”
When Nita talked about her work on Base and her work with our military her face would light up. I know today without a doubt she is in Heaven sharing her love her grace and her compassion with others. We gather here today to mourn, our hearts our heavy, but we gather here also to celebrate her love her grace here commitment to others. Nita taught us how to live and she also taught us how to face death with dignity, courage, optimism and GRACE.
We remember the words of Jesus when he said: Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe in me also. In my fathers house there are many dwelling places. Peace I leave with you, my Peace I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not let them be afraid.
I am certain Christ said on Monday to Nita:
WELCOME HOME NITA !
Well Done My Good and Faithful Servant.
It was wonderful to hear all the glowing and heartfelt testimonies about Nita at her Memorial Service. I left the Service knowing that Nita touched so many people and she gave her life in service to others. What a wonderful testimony for such a wonderful and loving person.
Nita’s shoes will never be filled and her legacy will live on. On Wednesday, August 27, the Commissioners unanimously appointed Jim Normile to fill her seat. I had the pleasure to serve with Jim for two and a half years on the Emerald Isle Planning Board and more recently on the Economic Development Committee. Jim has a keen and brilliant mind, and always comes to the meetings prepared and ready to enter into dialogue. I know Jim will make an excellent Commissioner.
In closing, I wish that all of our citizens, part time residents and visitors enjoy October in Emerald isle. October brings cooler nights, beautiful less humid days, great fishing, swimming and shelling. Take time to enjoy October on our wonderful Island.