Mary Anne Hardaway Arndt, 44, was born January 2, 1969 in Houston, Texas and passed away June 7, 2013 in Houston, Texas. She was a Broadcast Journalist and daughter of Bill T. Hardaway and stepdaughter of Karin Bell Hardaway and Linda R. Hardaway. She passed away peacefully on Friday evening, June 7, 2013 with her family by her side at Houston Hospice. |
Mary Anne is survived by her father, Bill T. Hardaway; brother, David M. Hardaway and his wife Edie; niece, Sydney Grace of Pearland, Texas; sister, Christina E. Hardaway of Austin, Texas; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews left to remember her as a talented, sweet personality, with wonderful memoires to be cherished.
Mary Anne was preceded in death by her mother, Sarah Anne Cloud Hardaway in 1998; grandparents, Rev. William Lloyd and Maxine Cloud; Mr. Thomas and Mary E. Hardaway; and cousin, Bob Hardaway in 1984.
Mary spent the first ten years of her life growing up in Houston and The Woodlands, Texas before moving to Hot Springs, Arkansas where she graduated from high school in 1987. Mary graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in 1995 with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and Theater Arts including half a year in 1994 as an exchange student at the Bretton Hall College School of Drama in West Yorkshire, England.
She started her professional career at Clear Channel Television in Little Rock, Arkansas as an on-air personality using the stage name Mary Anne Madison on morning shows, significant live interviews and commercial endorsements. After several years, she developed her skills and moved back to Hot Springs, Arkansas working at the Caddo Broadcasting Company, where she met and married Jeremy Arndt in 1998.
The couple then moved to Avon, Colorado with Radio One Network of Colorado to further Mary Anne's broadcasting and TV station career.
Mary Anne Madison, (stage name), worked in Vail and Aspen, Colorado at the height of her career as an on-air personality for everything from weather to entertaining celebrities such as Kathy Griffin, Dierks Bentley, Jo Dee Messina, Terri Clark, and Coolio. Mary's voice was highly sought after by clients for her to serve as their spokesperson for their business and products due to her credibility, confidence, and a great sense of humor that continued until her recent illness.
Mary loved Colorado. She spent her summers and winters snowmobiling, hiking and river rapids rafting. She recently expressed wishes to someday return to her beloved Colorado.
In 2008 and 20 years of broadcasting journalism, Mary and Jeremy divorced and Mary moved back to Houston, Texas in 2009. She started up her own business - Mary Anne Arndt-Broadcast Media and Voiceover Co. Her beautiful voice was in great demand for a broad spectrum of commercials and training manuals.
Mary was always kind, thoughtful and lived joyfully. Yet, after she learned of her own health crisis, Mary faced death with true dignity and courage, making peace with her maker and becoming a useful and meaningful individual to all of us.
A Remembrance Service will be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 22, 2013, in the Miller Funeral Chapel, 7723 Beechnut, Houston, TX 77074. In lieu of flowers, the family graciously suggests that memorial contributions be made to Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77030-40123, www.houstonhospice.org. Condolences may be offered at www.millerfuneral.com
Published in Houston Chronicle on June 16, 2013