Services today for Democratic Party stalwart

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Governor says Dadisman helped make Kentucky ‘better place to live’

By Ben Carlson

A woman credited by many as being the heart and soul of the Democrat Party in Anderson County has died.

Gayle Dadisman, 79, passed away Sunday after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Those who knew and worked with her said she will be greatly missed.

“She meant everything to the party,” said local attorney Betty Springate. “She was the lifeblood of the Democratic Party in Anderson County.”

Gov. Steve Beshear lauded Dadisman as someone who understood the role of government in people’s lives.

“Gayle Dadisman wasn't just a friend, she was an ally in helping to make our state a better place to live,” Beshear said in an e-mail to The Anderson News. “She firmly believed that government had a critical role in our lives, and that being an active participant in the democratic process was not just a right, but an obligation.

“Gayle will be missed, and our prayers are with her family at this time.”

Dadisman served in a variety of roles, including as president of the Democratic Women’s Club, which Springate said she founded.

“She started the women’s club and made it a tremendous success,” Springate said. “At one point we had 175 members and it was due to Gayle’s hard work.

“She’s really, really going to be missed.”

For her efforts, Dadisman was the recipient of highest honor given by the State Democratic Women’s Club, The Ann Shanks Bourne Award.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday (today) at Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Wheeler officiating. Burial will follow in Lawrenceburg Cemetery.

Along with her work in politics, Dadisman served as secretary of the Kentucky Walking and Horse Riding associations and was active with 4-H and the Parent Teachers Association at the former Alton School, according to information provided with her obituary (see A6).

She was also the first Realtor in Anderson County and owned Dadisman Properties.

“She was a very sweet lady,” said County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis. “She just meant so much to so many people for a variety of reasons.

“She was a mentor to a lot of people as far as her professional outlook toward things, and was just a very fabulous lady.”

Springate said Dadisman will be missed on a variety of levels.

“She’ll be remembered as one of the kindest, nicest, most fun people to be around that you’d ever want to know,” she said. “She was always there was someone will sick and would take them food.

“She was just a really good person. Gayle was important to the entire community.”

Beverly Stivers said Dadisman stayed strong throughout her lengthy illness.
“Our minister’s wife said she taught us all how to live and how to die,” Stivers said. “She was just so graceful through all of these months and always upbeat.”

Born in Anderson County to the late Rupert M. and Lydia Katherine Franklin Watts, Dadisman was a member of First Christian Church and the Fit & Fun Exercise group.

She is survived by her children, Dana Holt and Doug Dadisman, along with grandchildren Dylan Holt and Daniel and Levi Dadisman.