Neva Etta (Whitney) Hardy (1924 - 2016)

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INDEPENDENCE – Neva Etta Hardy, 92, entered into her eternal rest on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo.
Neva was born March 18, 1924 at Lamont, the daughter of Orville and Ruth (Morris) Whitney. She attended Lamont Schools graduating with the High School Class of 1941. Upon graduation, Neva went to Upper Iowa University to receive her teaching credentials and then taught country school for a few years.
Neva was united in marriage to Robert John Hardy on May 25, 1947 at the Winthrop Congregational Church. To this union were born five children: Russell, Carol, Duane, Sharon, and Lori. They lived and farmed between Independence and Winthrop for many years. Robert entered into his eternal rest on Sept. 15, 1986. Neva continued living on the farm until 2014 when she moved to Cardinal Court and recently to Lexington Estates in Independence.
Neva was a very active member of the Church of Christ United in Winthrop where she served as a Sunday School Teacher and liked writing articles for the Sonshine Flyer; she was also active in 4-H, King's Daughter's, Literary Club, United Methodist Women's Fellowship to name a few. She loved to cook and sew. She made many baby quilts for at risk babies. She was a devoted and loving farmwife, mother and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Robert; her son Duane; her two brothers: Marion and Earl Whitney; sister Donna Akin; and her son-in-law Criss Gladwin.
Survivors include four children: Russell (JoAnn) Hardy of Mason City; Carol (Frank) Adkins of West Bend, Wis.; Sharon Gladwin of Cedar Rapids; Lori (Douglas) Derr of Independence; her daughter-in-law Jane (Gary) Weston of Independence; fourteen grandchildren: Ryan (Mandy) Hardy, Kevin (Jodi) Hardy, Adam (Adria) Hardy, Jennifer Adkins, Ashley (Erik) Johnson, Erik Adkins, Matthew (Nicki) Hardy, Jonathan (Jessica) Hardy, David (Samantha) Hardy, Luke (Alicia) Weston, Brock Gladwin, Blaire Gladwin, Nicholas Derr, Kimberly (John) Monigold; and twenty great grandchildren; her brother Claire Whitney of Redwood City, Calif.; her sister Arline Lahue of Shellsburg; two sisters-in-law: Betty Dahlgaard and Agnes Whitney.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21, at the Church of Christ United in Winthrop with Pastor Dean Schlitter officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery at Independence. Casketbearers will be her fourteen grandchildren. Visitation will be from 2 until 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 at Fawcett Funeral Home in Winthrop and after 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Church of Christ United in Winthrop. A memorial fund has been established.
The Fawcett Funeral Home and Cremation services is assisting the family with arrangements. Online at under obituaries.
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal on Nov. 19, 2016