Charlene Hendricks Mize, of Arden, N.C., went to her Heavenly Home on January 30, 2022. She left this earth from Mission Hospital ICU Unit in Asheville, N.C. She was 75 years old.

She was born in Muhlenberg County, on March 19, 1946. She was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Ivan Hendricks, her mother, Johnnie Neil Tooley Hendricks Simmons, and her sister, Martha Ann Hendricks Holley.

Charlene is survived by her husband of 53 years, Gary W. Mize of Arden, N.C.; her son, Kenneth Jason Mize of Arden, N.C., and her daughter, Carol Beth (Bruce) McIntosh of Kenmore, Wash.; twin grandsons, Andrew and Connor McIntosh of Kenmore, Wash.; step dad, Gilbert Simmons of Owensboro; and a nephew, Jeremy (Beth) Johnston of Evansville, Ind.

Charlene graduated from Owensboro Senior High School in 1964. At that time she enrolled in the Owensboro Daviess County Hospital School of Nursing where she graduated in 1967. At that time she embarked on a life time of caring for others. She worked for Owensboro Daviess County Hospital for three years as a Registered Nurse. In 1968, she married Gary Mize. She raised her two children for a few years. After his work took them to St. Louis, she continued to raise her kids. After moving with Gary to Cadiz, she picked up her calling to serve others by being a Registered Nurse. She started working at Trigg County Hospital in Cadiz. She worked for 17 years as a Staff Nurse, Nursing Supervisor, and Director of Nursing. In 1993, Charlene and Gary moved to the mountains of western North Carolina. At that time she started working in the Trauma Unit at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville, N.C. She worked there for twenty one years until her retirement in 2014. Her life time calling of helping others did not stop there. She was the caregiver of her sister, Martha, through her stay in a hospital, nursing home, and hospice care. She was also the caregiver of her mom, Johnnie, through her stay in a hospital, nursing home, and hospice care.

She and Gary loved the mountains and often made day trips on the Blue Ridge Parkway and to The Great Smokey Mountains. Although Charlene loved the North Carolina mountains, she was still a Kentuckian. She loved watching her UK Wildcats, both basketball and football, on TV. She also had the pleasure of watching each in person.

Charlene had received a Kentucky Colonel Award for her service to her community. She was of the Baptist Faith.

There will be two Celebration of Life Events for Charlene Hendricks Mize. First, on March 5, 2022, at the Family Life Center of Skyland First Baptist Church in Arden, N.C., from 4-6 pm. Second, on March 19, 2022, at The Way Christian Youth Center in Cadiz, from noon to 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, make a donation the The Way Christian Youth Center.

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