Meet Orvilla Haydon. Life has been coming up roses for this Shelby County native, literally and figuratively.
Before coming to work for the Legislative Research Commission as a switchboard operator, she worked for a florist in Shelbyville. Just as flowers grow, so has her family, which includes a bevy of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
“I worked for a florist and drove a delivery van for five years. We cut flowers and I made wreaths and bows. It was the American Beauty Florist,” she said of the now-closed shop in Shelbyville.
This May will mark 14 years of Haydon’s employment at the LRC.
“I enjoy answering the phone and working with the people in our room,” said Haydon, whose LRC career follows in her mother’s footsteps. “My Mother was a switchboard operator when I was a young girl. It was in the 50s and they used the plug-ins and crank for the calls.”
When she’s not working at the Capitol Annex, Haydon spends time with her family, which has grown to include seven children, 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, with an additional great-grandchild on the way. All of them live in the local area. She is married to David, a retired veteran of the U.S. Army who served in the Vietnam War, she said.
She is a member of Mount Moriah Baptist Church, belongs to the Southville Homemakers, enjoys fishing, is a huge fan of University of Kentucky sports and the Chicago Cubs, collects thimbles and stamps and is an avid gardener.