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Virginia B. "Ginny" Hardin Virginia B. "Ginny" Hardin died peacefully on Jan. 4, 2012, at the age of 94. Born Jan. 29, 1918, the fifth of seven children, she grew up in Baton Rouge, LA, where she was known as Jennie Lou Brown. Ginny graduated magna cum laude from Louisiana State University in 1936, where she had been a member of Mortorboard Society, Alpha Delta Pi sorority, and the LSU Rifle Team. Ginny began a lifelong teaching career directly after graduating from college, working in small Louisiana towns until she married Henry S. Hardin on Dec. 26, 1943. They had four children, and spent the early years of their marriage moving frequently throughout the south, finally settling in Deerfield, IL. Ginny's interrupted teaching career began again in 1964, when she was persuaded by the principal and priests of Holy Cross School to take over a class of first-graders. Despite the fact that she spent the first few months intending every day to resign, Ginny went on to teach hundreds of young children, loving every minute of it. She finally retired at the age of 80, at which point she spent several more years as a full-time teacher's aide. She was beloved by many of her former students and their parents until her death. Ginny was also an avid gardener, bird-lover, and loved to travel. But her greatest loves were her family, friends and deep faith. Ginny is survived by her son, Mark; her daughters, Mary Clare (Jim) Cashin and Mecie Hardin; grandchildren, Jesse (Evelyn) Harriott, Elisabeth (Mike) Dwyer, Robert Harriott, Jimmy Cashin and Mike Hardin; and great-grandchildren, Rachel Delles, Chase Dwyer, Brenden Dwyer, Julia Dwyer, Jesse Harriott and Eva Harriott. She was preceded in death by her husband; her daughter, Elizabeth Gray (Jim) McNamara; her parents; and her siblings. The visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at St. Mary of the Annunciation Church, 22333 W. Erhart Road, Mundelein, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the church. Mass will follow at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Catholic Charities at donations@catholiccharities.net. For information, you may contact Kristan Funeral Home P.C., Mundelein at kristanfh@aol.com or 847-566-8020.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Jan. 9, 2013
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