J. Maridell (Houck) Hardesty, 90, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, after a brief illness in Brooksville, Fla.
The Ohio native was born Dec. 30, 1923, to the late Pleasant and Jesta (Saunders) Houck at home near Gallipolis. She was a graduate of Mercerville High School and was employed by GSI for several years. She was married to Chester Hardesty on March 13, 1944.
She is survived by her daughter Barbara, and son-in-law Gene Harbour; five grandchildren, Dr. David (Joann)Harbour, Mike Harbour, Brent (Chris) Harbour, Julie (Travis) Starnes and Jennifer (Jason) Grimm.
She is also survived by nine great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and four step-great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Persinger; one brother, Jim Houck; two nieces, Ruth Buchanan and Melody Weinheimer; one nephew, Richard Houck; and one special sister-in-law, Fleeta Burgess.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester; son Larry; three brothers, Eural, Buell and Lawrence Houck; two sisters, Nellie Unroe and Virginia Beaver; two nephews; and one niece.
She enjoyed shopping, working puzzles and taking long walks in the orange grove. She will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered for all who met, knew and loved her.
By her wishes, she was cremated. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date in Gallipolis, when her ashes will be interred at the Memory Gardens with her husband and son.