May 19, 1969 ~ June 19, 2018

Born in: Marion, VA
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

Lydia Mardell Hairston Dailey, age 49, was born May 19, 1969 in Marion Virginia and transitioned to her Heavenly home on June 19, 2019 in Indianapolis Indiana after a courageous battle with breast cancer.

Lydia graduated from Louisville High School in Louisville, Mississippi in 1988.  She discovered her gift and passion for art and studied at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus Ohio for two years. She also attended Jones Community College in Ellisville MS and later transferred to Delta State University, in Cleveland MS, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. During her time at Delta State, Lydia started a campus ministry which cultivated five churches and pastors in the state of Mississippi in the last 20 years.  In her most recent years, Lydia pursued a second degree in Early Childhood Education from Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis and was on the Dean’s List multiple semesters for her academic achievement and excellence.   Despite cancer treatments and failing health, Lydia completed her classes, volunteered many hours of community service, and in April 2018 was inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success.   Lydia dedicated her professional career caring for children as the Director/Owner of Our Kids Before and After Care Center, a Kindergarten teacher at Abounding Grace Childcare Center, the Director of Christ Church Apostolic Christian Academy, an Instructional Assistant at Lakeside Elementary School, and a caregiver at Caring Place’s Promised Land Daycare center.  Lydia dedicated her life to service and ministry for her church family and her work family.  She shared light and love with us all.

Preceding her in death were her paternal grandparents, George Hairston and Mittie Hairston Carter; maternal grandparents, Clinton Hayes Richardson and Margaret Sawyer Richardson, Clinton H. Richardson (uncle), Betty Hairston (aunt), and Kenyamu Richardson (cousin).

Left to cherish her memory are her parents, District Elder Robert Hairston and Evangelist Susan Richardson Hairston; her children, Landon Dailey, Lauren Dailey and her bonus daughter, Luchia Warfield; along with her siblings, Lorie Hairston Davis (Jeff); Robert Tobin Hairston (Annette); Tonya Hairston Ware (Adrian); Joseph Bernard Hairston; Regina Hairston Smith (Robert); Mittie Hairston Brown (Carlton); John Manuel Hairston; Jason Jerome Hairston; and Sarah Hairston.  Uncles and Aunts are Jerome Hairston and Leahgretta Chiles Hairston, Bernard and Rachel Hairston and Sandra Ford Richardson. Nieces and nephews are Brandon (Tunisha), Breanna, and Arianna Davis, Bridget and Paris Hairston, Wisdom and Wealth Ware, Tandreka, Ty’Nisha, and Lashontrei Henton, Christon Hempel, Josef, Joleigh, and Joshuah Hairston, Micah, Simeon and Robert Smith, and Alexandria Haven Brown. Great nieces and nephews are Brandon and Brooklyn Davis, Cashmier and Zorayah Hunt, Amir and Nasir Armstrong and Caleb Sierra.  Cousins include: Clinton Richardson, Jr. (Lisa), Wyetha “Peaches” Prevost (Marvin), Thomas, Kyle, and Zoe Prevost, Bettina and Jerome Hughes, Bernard, Bert and Baron Hairston, Marcus (Nikki) and Neka Mabry, and many more. Chi Conner,  Lydia’s best friend for 20 years, along with her children, Antwoine and Anequa Conner hold on to the precious memories of her life with us all.

Lydia’s Celebration of Life will be held 12:30 p.m. on July 2, 2018 at Christ Church Apostolic, 6601 Grandview Drive, Indianapolis, IN.  Please mail letters of condolence to Christ Church Apostolic, attention: Lady Ruth Tyson.  Flowers can be sent to Christ Church Apostolic before noon the day of service. However, if you would like to donate in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lauren and Landon’s Savings Fund directly at cash app Landondailey or to the Memorial Fund at Teacher’s Credit Union.

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  1. I know you are still here with us.
    When you loved you loved completely and everyone who knows you is better from it.
    Thank you, just thank you. It feels a little empty here without you.
    I Hope you are enjoying heaven, I love you.

  2. thank you for you love, warmth and kindness. so grateful to have been a small part of your life. you taught me something very special about love, service and victory that i’ll always cherish. ❤️

  3. thank you for you love, warmth and kindness. so grateful to have been a small part of your life. you taught me something very special about love, service and victory that i’ll always cherish. ❤️

  4. My dear sweet Lydia, You will always be in my heart. It is hard for me to see your name in this obituary.But this I know you are present with the Lord! Thank you for living such a beautiful life of love, kindness, and thoughtfulness to your family and toward others. You are the very example of the Good Samaritan. Your life has touched more people than you knew. I’m grateful that you’re in a better place. One day we won’t have to leave each other we’ll be together forever! Jesus our great Lord and Savior will reign on His throne and we will be there to celebrate! For now we will Journey on until that great day when we gather around God’s throne.You can really dance now, you are free!❤ Love you forever your Mom.

  5. The Hairston family is in my prayers during this time of bereavement. Miss Lydia, cherish her memories, but have confidence on that great getting up morning, when the Lord descend from heaven with a shout, the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God:and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

  6. My prayer for the family is that God will give your all strength and comfort during the loss of a beloved person….. Peace and reassurance in God’s plan for Lydia……love all y’all…

  7. I offer my sincerest condolences to the family, friends and loved ones at large. She fought a good fight and kept the faith. RIP.

  8. My heart is broken because you are gone. Just when I realized what you all have meant to me.. you up and leave… I love you sweet sister cousin. My heart ❤️ Forever

  9. It hurts to see a beautiful soul leave,but Sis Lydia you fought a great battle. Some say you lost, but I say you won. You have gain great #VICTORY in now that you are in the presence of the Lord. You danced and shouted here on earth sometimes by yourself, but now you have a partner: King Jesus. You’ve rightfully earned this day. Will still be in constant prayer for Landon and Lauren, your parents, siblings and the entire family. Will truly miss you and your messages that you would send me from time to time. Rest my friend. 😍❤🌹🌹🌹

  10. Lydia,

    I just received a link. When I opened it – I was thrown off a bit. It was a digital obituary guestbook, then your picture popped up. It was so strange to me. Your sweet presence is so strong, I can’t believe you’re gone. I assumed we’d be here on this side forever.

    But, you’d be proud of your family. Everyone is rallying around to make your celebration spectacular!

    Lorie’s watchful eye, Regina’s authentic creativity, Mittie’s wisdom, Sarah’s soft guiding voice, John is as strong as ever, Toby the Commander, Joe helping to keep things light, Jason reflective, Mom misses your morning call and Dad is grieving, but won’t admit it. Then there’s me – grateful, sometimes sad, solemn, wishing I could see you, touch you, love you one more time.

    You’ll never be forgotten! Queens live on forever and I love me some you!


    Tonya (Your Big Little Sister)

    P. S. Baby Wealth is just now putting it altogether that she will have to celebrate her birthday day without you. She cried and Jason comforted her. We love you to heaven and beyond. Man! You’re amazing!

  11. In the words of a beautiful song, "God has spoken, so let the church say, AMEN". Amen. From our days in Mississippi to every thing in between, Bye Lydia! Rest well. -Tanja Moore (Former member of Vernon Church in Cleveland)

  12. To Lorie and the rest of the family, always remember the fond memories that you hold deep inside of your dear daughter and sister. You all are in my prayers!

  13. Our Last Hugs we Share out to Dinner was The Greatest Hug ever we will continue our Love for Forever in our hearts Our last Supper

  14. Ms. Lydia will be missed greatly. She and her entire family are such wonderful people. It was the Fun & Love Daycare and the Before & After care that helped me raise my son Keyauntae…you will always have a special place in my heart Ms. Lydia!!!!

  15. Lydia was such a beautiful humble soul! My condolences are with the Family. Only JESUS CHRIST is able to comfort your heart and soul, and lift your heavy burdens. It’s okay to shed tears of sorrow for the time you’ve shared with Lydia, however the joy that she was indeed a Child of God Almighty shall be the light that keeps glowing in your hearts. I love each and everyone of you, and I thank God for allowing me the opportunity to know the Harrison Family – a very kind and loving Family in Christ Jesus.

  16. My friend. From the day she moved here and joined the Bishops choir at Grace church. A lovely person. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. You will be greatly. Issued.

  17. Being a former member of Christ Church Apostolic, this touches my hear, I have praying for the family for strength, continued good memories and courage to stay strong in the Lord. SHE MADE IT OVER! I will never forget the day I went into Christ Church office looking for one of the members. How Lydia Dailey was at her desk I turned around and this AWESOME HOLY GLOW , soft spoken, attentive and kind lady greeted me . I felt God God all over her . I said to her I love your spirit, she humble said thank you is there anything else I can do for you….I thank God for allowing me that day with LYDIA DAILY

  18. I am sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of knowing Lydia and the Hairston Family at a young age when we use to go to Calvary Apostolic Church. A Precious Person. She will be missed. I know she is going to a better place where there is no more suffering. RIP.

  19. Lydia,
    A year has almost passed without you. Today your children started a new chapter by moving away and now if really feels like you are completely gone. My heart still aches for you. Loving you forever!

  20. Our laughter, your love, our bond, your presence will carry me to the end of my days….love you, love you, love you

    Gina aka GG ♥️

  21. Oh, Cousin Susan!! I am so sorry to see your daughter’s passing online! She was young. However, I am so glad to know she was saved and now rests in the care of our Heavenly Father! Praise the Lord! Strangely, one of my cousins (Yours, as well!)was trying to find a picture of you online and Lydia’s picture came up. She looks so much like you! I called you when you were in Indiana. I have written you on message boards, after seeing that you responded to one of my queries. I have tried to connect with you since you’ve been back in Mississippi. But, to no avail! I am your dad’s first cousin, Sarah’s, granddaughter; your cousin Ada’s daughter. I only just recently learned of Cousin Carolyn’s passing, also. My aunt really has wanted to talk with you, as she is aging and one of the last of her generation. I know, without doubting, that GOD has comforted and continues to comfort you all! “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord…”

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