Blanche Ramona Stephensen Hardy
Blanche Ramona Stephensen Hardy passed way June 22, 2013, her 92nd birthday. She was born June 22, 1921 to James Peter Stephensen and Julia Ellen Blair in Levan, Utah. Growing up in Levan, she was always surrounded by loving family. She was number 11 of 12 children. She took great pride in her large family and was always very close to her siblings and many nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her brother, Glen Stephensen of Levan, Utah; and her four children: Ramona (Brent) McAllister, of St. George, Utah, RosaLee (Bruce) Stucki of Cedar City, Utah, Lana Jean (John) Ballard of Henderson, Nevada and Stephen (Rhonda) Hardy of Ivins, Utah. She has 12 grandchildren, 31 ½ great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gus Hardy, her parents, eight brothers and three sisters.
She married Gus Hardy on June 13, 1941 in St. George, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized in the St. George LDS Temple. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
After Blanche graduated from high school in 1941, she and a friend moved to St. George to work in a café (Bill's Grill). Next door to the café was a gas station where a very good looking young man worked. This young man, Gus Hardy, became a regular customer and six weeks later they were married. They spent 52 wonderful years together.
Shortly after their first child Ramona was born in 1941, Gus was drafted and joined the Air Force in World War II. Blanche would walk down to the post office every day to see if she had a letter from her sweetheart. After the war, they stayed in St. George where they had two more children, RosaLee and Lana. They moved for a short time to Caliente, Nevada where Gus worked in the mines and their son, Stephen was born. Gus worked hard as a mechanic in several gas stations in St. George and as a cowboy on the Arizona Strip. Blanche worked as a waitress at the Sugar Loaf Café.
Times were tough and it was hard to make a living in St. George so Gus went to work as a jet mechanic at Nellis Air Force base in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1956. They lived a short time in Boulder City, Nevada and then moved to Henderson, Nevada where the children went to high school. Blanche enjoyed being involved with her children in school and church.
After retiring in 1973, Gus and Blanche moved back to their beloved St. George. They were so happy to be back to Utah and their family home. Gus loved gardening and making his yard look nice. They built their new home and loved their new life. Blanche has always been a very talented lady. She loved to sew and enjoyed doing alterations. One of her favorite passions was refinishing furniture. Even at the age of 92 she still had several projects going on in her workshop. She has always been a very active person and even after two major back surgeries she was still going strong! Her most favorite thing to do was go to lunch! She didn't care where it was, just so she got to go out to eat. But, most important to her was her family and her love of the gospel. She was loved by her family and known as "pretty grandma" by her grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 591 West 500 North, St. George, Utah. Visitations will be held Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 West St. George Blvd. and on Saturday at the Chapel, prior to the services, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at the St. George City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, (435) 673-4221. Please visit our website at www.metcalfmortuary.com
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