Hazel Gillespie was a faithful member of the Scottsburg United Methodist Church for many years. She was born in 1900 and passed away at age 83 in 1983.
Hazel worked at the Scott County State Bank for 43 years prior to her retirement. She never married, but lived on a farm just outside the Scottsburg city limits. As a single young woman she moved from the farm into town and lived on her own which was very unusual in those days. She was a loving long-term caregiver to her mother, Lilly Parmillia, who lived to be 100 years old.
In addition to some traveling that she did, Hazel had a passion for helping people in need. When she passed away, she left the Scottsburg United Methodist Church a gift from her estate to “feed the hungry.” Later, that gift was endowed with the Scott County Community Foundation through a matching grants program which has greatly enhanced the ability to generate support and resources for her cause, mainly through the Scott County Community Clearinghouse.