Mary Margaret Hardy


Mary Hardy, 72, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away October 6, 2011 at her home surrounded by her family. She was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis in2006 which she coped with amazingly well. She was born September 22, 1939 in Emporia, Kansas, daughter of Lawrence and Louise Gardner. She married Larry Hardy in 1960 in Emporia. Mary taught Special Education at Argentine Middle School where she loved her students. After retiring, she volunteered in the nursery at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection and tutored in several neighborhood schools which gave her much satisfaction. Mary was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her husband of 53 years, Larry E Hardy, three children, Kristen Hattesohl, Kathy (Neil) Ostby and James (Dana) Hardy, five grandchildren, Derek, Taylor, Nicholas, Austin, and Sydney and her sister, Patricia Stein. Mary loved her grandchildren more than life itself and shopping QVC.

A private family service will be held Monday, October 10. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations at


  1. Hailey H on February 5, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about Mary Hardy. I wanted to give my condolences to the family. I as well have lost many friends and family that were close to me and know it’s very hard. I find comfort in John 5:28,29, It says “Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.” This is very comforting for me, and gives us hope to see the ones we love again. I hope this gives you as much hope and comfort it has me. If you would like to contact me my e-mail is

  2. Gary Comstock on October 12, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Dear James and Dana,

    I just heard of the death of your Mother. I’ve been out of town for the last 8 days and just got back to Topeka. I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. May God be with you and your family at this most difficult time.

  3. Linda Dix on October 11, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Dear Larry,Kristen,Kathy,Jamie&family
    We are so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. It seems such a long time ago that our lives have touched but I’m so glad we can reach out and touch base again. I’m sure each family member has treasured memories to keep in their hearts and we wish you comfort and healing at this sad time.
    Lovingly, Don and Linda

  4. Molly Hillman on October 11, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Larry and Kristen,
    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Your wife and mother was a truly remarkable woman. I found that remembering all my happy times with my father when he passed helped me to get through the difficult times ahead. Find peace in knowing she’s no longer in pain and is now a beautiful angel looking over all of you now. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    I love you,
    Molly Hillman and family

  5. Barbara Peterson on October 10, 2011 at 6:02 am

    I loved the lunches, phone conversions and teaching experiences at Argentine with you mom—-we became good friends instantly and enjoyed sharing the blessings our families were giving us along the way. I will always cherish the love I had in knowing your mother and times we all shared Larry. Take time and care for yourself because Mary would be happy knowing you are all ok. Love, Barbara Peterson

  6. Kay Falley on October 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Larry and family, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care of yourselves. Love ya!

  7. Julie and Kent Ingham on October 9, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Kathy and Neil, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Your Mom fought a long battle and she had the comfort of having you with her every step of the way. God bless you all.
    BTW I love Eva’s sentiment. How beautiful.

  8. Eva Foster on October 9, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Dear Kathy and Neil,
    When my mother died a good friend sent this to me. I hope it gives you some comfort. I am thinking of you and your family and hope that in the near future you will be able to smile as you think of fond memories that you have of your mother.

    I am standing upon the seashore. A ship
    At my side spreads her white sails to the
    Morning breeze and starts for the blue
    Ocean. She is a body of beauty and
    Strength. I stand and watch her until at
    Length she hangs like a speck of white cloud
    Just where the sea and sky come to mingle
    With each other.

    Then someone at my side says: “There,
    She is gone!”

    “Gone where?”
    Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just
    As large in mast and hull and spar as she
    Was when she left my side and she is just as
    Able to bear her load of living freight to her
    Destined port.

    Her diminished size is in me, not her.
    And just at the moment when someone at
    My side says: “There she is gone!” there are
    Other eyes watching her coming and other
    Voices ready to take up the glad shout:
    “Here she comes!”
    And that is dying. Anonymous.

    With great fondness,
    Eva Foster

  9. Linda Holland on October 9, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Kathy and Family,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your mother, Mary. I know how much you loved her and will miss her. May you gain comfort in the days to come by remembering the fond memories you shared with your mother. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  10. Christy Freeman on October 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Larry, Kristen,Kathy,James and grandchildren,
    I am at a loss for words. I am so very sorry for your whole family at the loss of Mary. I try to keep up with your family but the last address I have of yours Larry is KCK. I would value an address from each of you.You have no idea how much it means that you would send an obituary to the Gazette. If you hadn’t, I wouldn’t even have had any idea you lost Mary. Wasn’t it just last Christmas I called and visited with you Larry? Time goes by so fast. I now am Gramma to two boys. Luke still lives in Salem, IL He now is a High School Science teacher at Webber Township High School in Bluford, IL. His wife is a music teacher in Salem. She just this year decided to take a leave of absence to stay home with the boys. Danny and I just celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary. The Revco days are a great memory for me. Other than losing my Daddy everything else was a wonderful experience. I remember all of you in fondness and are sorry for this pain you are in. Once the pain of your loss subsides, then the wonderful memories you shared will make you smile once again. Henry will be 33, Luke 30 and Dana will be 27. Please know hugs and kisses come from 1228 Grand St. here in Emporia. I’m blessed to have my grandsons, I’m sure you treasure yours, Larry. Please keep in touch. Warm Regards,

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