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Martha Lynne Hardin


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Martha Lynne Hardin Obituary
Martha Lynne Hardin, 74, daughter, friend, teacher and mentor extraordinaire, passed away Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Memorial service: 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Ash Creek Baptist Church, 300 S. Stewart St., Azle. Interment: at Boys Ranch next to her loving parents, Martha and Jack. Memorials: Gifts may be made to Cal Farley's Boys Ranch and Girls Town, Box 1980, Amarillo, Texas. Lynne was born to Martha and Jack Hardin on Feb. 27, 1939, in Sherman. She lived in Azle for over 25 years. Her early childhood was spent as the first girl at Cal Farley's Boys Ranch, where her mother, Martha, was the first teacher and her father, Jack, the first ranch manager. The freedom to seek adventure and experience new ideas and miles of open plains instilled an attitude of independence, commitment and exuberance for life. Lynne brought these traits to every phase of her life, from the basketball court, to horseback riding, to studies at Texas Woman's University in Denton, to painting, to music and over 40 years in the classroom, all done with her distinct style. Armed with a master's degree in chemistry, she began her career with Mobile R&D Corp. researching tertiary recovery of crude oil. By 1965 the call of the classroom led her to Tarleton State University and then to the University of Texas at Arlington to teach chemistry. She found her home classroom at Tarrant County College Northwest Campus and spent over 30 years sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm for chemistry with thousands of students. She was a challenging, caring and compelling professor. Throughout her life she made countless friends and touched many lives with her beautiful smile, readiness to help, sharp wit and caring heart. Survivors: Cousin, Lawrence and his wife, Janie; their daughter, Julie; and their grandson, Jack, of Columbia, Mo., and Leawood, Kan.; and stepmother, Joyce Hardin.
Published in Star-Telegram on Jan. 19, 2014
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