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Fernande C. Hardoy
Fernande C. Hardoy passed away Saturday, November 16, 2013, at Community Hospital in Monterey. Fernande was born August 20, 1930, in Aldudes in the Basque region of France to Michel and PascalineSorhondo.
She immigrated to the United States in 1951 as a nanny for her uncle's family in Los Banos. She then worked at various Basque hotels in the Central Valley and eventually worked as a nanny again in Woodside. There she met Laurent Hardoy, and they married in 1961. They settled in Sonoma, where they had a son, Michel in 1965. They relocated to Redwood City where they lived for the next 38 years. During this time, Fernande started a long career as a daycare provider.
In 1993, Fernande and Laurent moved to King City to be closer to their son and his family. She again established a daycare business, retiring only three years ago at the age of 80. Along with her family, she loved all the children she cared for. She became known as Amatxi (grandma) to many. Amatxi was little but mighty. You could hear her laugh across a crowded room. Just turn on the Basque music, and she would break out singing and dancing. From the love and care she gave to the children, to the amazing food she made, she touched so many lives.
She is survived by her husband, Laurent of King City; her son, Michel (Denise) of Lockwood; her grandson, Matthew of Paso Robles, and granddaughter, Nicole of Chico. She is also survived by two brothers and three sisters in the Basque country, and numerous nieces and nephews in the United States and France.
Services will be held Friday, November 22, 2013. Rosary begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m., at St John's Catholic Church in King City.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to her favorite charity, The Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma, or your preferred charity.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Eddington Funeral Services, 333 East San Antonio Dr., King City, 831-385-5400, www.efscares.com
Eddington Funeral Services - King City
333 E San Antonio Drive King City, CA 93930
Published in The Salinas Californian on Nov. 20, 2013