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Jill Hardin

1951 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Jill Hardin, 63

Lori Jill Short Hardin was born in Leon, Iowa, on September 22, 1951, to Garld and Ardna (Massey) Short. Jill passed away on March 5, 2015.

Jill and her family moved to Bull Shoals, AR, in 1957. She graduated from Flippin High School in 1969. She graduated from State College of Arkansas (now UCA) with a degree in Music Education. She received a Master's Degree in Music Education at Henderson State University. She taught elementary music in Conway for one year. She then began working for Arkansas Opera Theater, where she was the stage manager and a performer.

At the birth of her children, Jill became a stay-at-home Mother for nine years. She loved being a Mother, and this time with her girls was her greatest joy. After both girls were in school, Jill re-entered the work force working for The Health Resource, the Post Office, Hendrix College and finally, the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She loved her job in the Development Office and the wonderful people with whom she worked.

Jill was predeceased by her parents, Garld and Ardna Short, her in-laws, Delmas and Pauline (Butler) Hardin, and her brothers-in- law, Del Hardin and Gary Hardin.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Hardin of Fayetteville, daughters, Amy Hardin of Fayetteville, and Emily Dykstra (Austin) of Moberly, Missouri; three grandchildren, Job Dykstra, Lorelei Dykstra, and Seth Dykstra. She is survived by two sisters, Tarla Kilgore of Flippin, and Coyla Hudson (Karldon) of Flippin; and one brother, Reverend Roger Short (Jeri) of Montevallo, Alabama. She is survived by three nieces, Gina Riggs (Steve), Allyson Irom (Ben), and Christine Billingsley (Anthony) and nine nephews, Kelvin Hudson (Holly), Jeff Kilgore, Devin Kilgore (Kristi), Tad Hardin (Monica), Jon Hardin (Katie), Adam Page, Jay Hardin (Roopoli), Stephen Short (Lauren) and Christopher Short (Ashley).

She has special friends Debbie Anderson (Robert) and Teresa Claiborne (Rick), who took Girls' Weekends trips for 20 years during the Christmas season, and Janet Stanford (Travis).

The family is grateful for the wonderful care and compassion extended to Jill by the staff at Willard Walker Hospice Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Music Ministry at Central United Methodist Church, 6 Dickson Street, Fayetteville, AR 72701 or to Willard Walker Hospice Home, 325 E. Longview Street, Fayetteville, AR 72703. Cremation services provided by Nelson-Berna Funeral Home.

Published in Baxter Bulletin on Mar. 10, 2015
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