Edna Lois Hardy passed peacefully from this world June 16, 2014. The family will receive friends Friday, June 20, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Chapel in Midland. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Lois was born to Edward & Verna Tillman on December 27, 1922. She was a jitterbug bug champion of Taylor County when she met and married the love of her life, Newton Travis Hardy, during the tumultuous years of WWII and they soon moved to the then smallish town of Midland, Texas. Here they raised four children (Travis Wayne Hardy, Carolyn Hardy Starritt, Shirley Hardy Smith, and Patricia Hardy Wornell) and made a home for themselves. Lois enjoyed being a mother and supporting her husband as he used the G.I. Bill to become a teacher. They were blessed to enjoy a brief retirement together before Travis passed too soon. Lois filled her heart and time with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren that the fruit of her love filled marriage provided her. She was a wonderful baker and enjoyed patiently passing along those skills to her progeny. Her sugar cookie/tea cake recipe is a favorite of all and has been frequently shared and lauded, while her banana bread won a few baking contests - when it lasted long enough to make it out of the house. Lois made sock monkeys and baby quilts for all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren that are treasured not just for the skillful way they were made - but for the love in each and every one. Her almost 92 years on this earth were filled with joy and love and she will be greatly missed. Lois is preceded in death by her husband, Newton Travis Hardy; and her beloved daughter, Shirley Smith. She is survived by her son, Travis Wayne Hardy; her daughter, Carolyn Starritt; and daughter, Patricia Wornell and husband, Mark Wornell. She also leaves behind grandchildren who will miss her presence dearly, Shayne Smith and wife Loretta, Shannon Smith, Christi Walker, Cari Burnett and husband Olan, Candi Shanks and husband Louis, Cindi Mughelli and husband Frank, Charlotte Dixon and husband Graham, Glynn Wornell, Robert Wornell and wife Cory, and 15 great-grandchildren. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com.
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Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on June 19, 2014