Peggy Hendricks, of Lowell, was recently presented with the Senior Community Award by the Hawthorne Arbor of Gleaners in Lowell.
The benevolent fraternal insurance society recognized Hendricks for her dedication to schools and churches in her community.
A certified lay speaker for the United Methodist Church, Hendricks speaks at several area churches and is a regular speaker at Lowell's First United Methodist Church services.
In addition to serving as a Stephen Minister as needed, she is also involved with the Youth Praise Choir and the Cherub Choir at various churches.
“I felt both blessed and embarrassed to receive the award. I am actually an introspective person by nature,” she said. “There are so many other people who do so many other important things who never get recognized.”
Hendricks sings several times a year for senior center residents in Lowell and DeMotte and performs monthly at Towne Centre in Merrillville.
“I also sing at the Bob Fase Senior Center in DeMotte once a month, the Lake Village Grange every Tuesday morning, and with the Dixie Jammers in Momence, Ill., every Wednesday afternoon,” she said.
“Music speaks to all ages and kinds of people. Getting to know these people, learning their requests, and looking forward to seeing them each time is a blessing beyond measure,” she added.
The daughter of military father, Hendricks grew up in Georgia, Alaska, Texas and Hawaii, and enjoys highlighting her travels in her position as owner/ teacher at Lowell Preschool.
“I love incorporating my knowledge of the places I have lived into my curriculum – for instance, teaching them the hula for Mother's Day, and hosting a Texas-style chuck wagon dinner for the dads,” she said.
“My goal was to teach junior high, but I discovered my love of early childhood education while volunteering in the preschool Sunday School program,” she added.
A mother of three and grandmother of four, Hendricks enjoys gardening and learning to play the mandolin and guitar.