Marilyn Jean Hardy 1936 - 2010
A memorial service will be Saturday, March 13, 2010, at Quisenberry Funeral Home for Marilyn Jean Hardy, 74, McLouth.
The family will receive friends from noon until the service.
She died Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, at Brandon Woods, Lawrence.
She was born Jan. 24, 1936, in Chicago, the daughter of Clarence and Martha Fellingham Haize.
She graduated from Seneca Public High School and received a bachelor’s degree in 1959 from Kansas University. After graduate studies at KU she earned a master’s degree in 1978 from Emporia State University.
She was a member of the KU Alumni Association Gold Medal Club, League of Women Voters, Business and Professional Woman USA, Girl Scout Advisory Council, Daughters of the American Revolution and the United Methodist Church, Tonganoxie.
She was a high school home economics teacher for nearly 40 years in Tonganoxie, McLouth and Lansing. She sponsored award-winning pep clubs, cheerleading groups and a large Kayette service organization. She staged fashion shows and home tours. Her students went on to national schools of design and headed university home economics departments. She was a counselor in the original Head Start program and was a member and officer in the American Home Economics Association, Kansas Vocational Association, American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, KNEA and NEA.
In retirement, she belonged to quilting organizations and promoted traditional crafts, such as rug-making. She was a member of several rug-hooking groups in Kansas, including the Wooly Hawks and the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists. She also assisted several local schools with various programs.
She married Donald H. Hardy on July 18, 1959, in Baldwin City. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Carol Ross and Helen Waller. She is survived by her husband, Donald H. Hardy, McLouth; two children, David Hardy, Lawrence, and Karen Ye, Kansas City, Mo.; one sister, Ann Brooks, Edwardsville; and one granddaughter.
Memorials are suggested to the Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation and Hospice, care of Quisenberry Funeral Home, P.O. Box 993, Tonganoxie 66086.