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Wesley Chapel - Ms. Diane Ruth Hardy age 65, of Wesley Chapel formerly of the Starke area passed away Sunday April 21, 2013 at the Gulf Side Regional Hospice in Zephyrhills.

Ms. Hardy was born in February 21, 1948 in Gainesville to the late Douglas Price and Doris (Hinson) Hardy. Prior to her retirement she was a Security Guard for the Rainbow Casino in Mississippi.

Ms. Hardy was preceded in death by one sister, Delores L. Hardy and one brother, Douglas Hinson "Buddy" Hardy both of Starke. She is survived by her children; Sharon Carver her husband Jeffery of Wesley Chapel and Douglas Price Cockerham his wife Kelly of Bartow; siblings, Dorothy Jones her husband Roger, Dudley Price Hardy his wife Beverly, and Debra Harris her husband Mark all of Starke. Ms. Hardy also leaves behind her grandchildren: Ty Carver, Finn Carver, Jacob Cockerham, Caleb Cockerham and Ainsly Cockerham, and many nieces and nephews.

A Graveside service will be held on Monday, April 29, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Hope Cemetery with Pastor Donnie Lott officiating. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hospice in Zephyrhills, 5760 Dean Dairy Road, Zephyrhills, FL 33541-0751.

Arrangements are under the care of JONES-GALLAGHER FUNERAL HOME, 620 E. Nona St., Starke, FL 32091. 904-964-6200. www.jonesgallagherfh.com

Published in Gainesville Sun from Apr. 24 to Apr. 26, 2013