Barbara Hardwick

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VIRGINIA, Ill. -- Barbara Hardwick, 86, of Virginia, died Sunday (Aug. 3, 2014) in her home.

She was born March, 16, 1928, in Beardstown, a daughter of Melvin "Dolly" and Rebecca McNamara Gray. She married Walter Sam Hardwick on Nov. 11, 1947, in Beardstown, and he died Oct. 30, 2009.

Barbara graduated from high school in Los Angeles. She then moved back to Beardstown and married. She was a homemaker and later owned and operated Treasure's and Trinkets, an antique business, in Virginia for many years and was a local reporter for the Jacksonville Journal Courier for a short time. She was a member of Virginia United Methodist Church.

Barbara was president of the Virginia Women's Club, served on the Virginia Barbecue Committee, was a Republican precinct committee woman, and enjoyed being Mrs. Claus for the Virginia Parks District for many years. Barbara and her husband traveled the world together. She loved to entertain her family and friends and was known to be quite the hostess. Barbara was a gourmet cook and was known for her sense of style. She enjoyed playing bridge and she did for over 60 years. Barbara's greatest joy was being with her family, and she was always the life of the party.

Surviving are her children, Sally (husband, Steve) Aggertt and Sam (wife, Jan) Hardwick, both of Ashland, Amy Hardwick of Palm Springs, Calif., and Molly Hardwick of Virginia; six grandchildren, Elizabeth Epping of Portland, Ore., Valerie Hardwick of Virginia, Rachel Rossi (husband, Josh) Doerfler of Riverton, Morgan Hardwick of Springfield and Alexandra and Olivia Rossi, both of Springfield; and one great-granddaughter, Ryleigh Elizabeth Doerfler of Riverton.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one brother, Tom Gray; and a granddaughter, Rebecca Hardwick.

SERVICES: 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8, in the Sager Funeral Home, Beardstown. Burial will be in Beardstown City Cemetery.

VISITATION: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, in the funeral home.


ARRANGEMENTS: Sager Funeral Home, Beardstown.


Condolences may be expressed online at
Funeral Home
Sager Funeral Home
202 East 8th Street
Beardstown, IL 62618
(217) 323-2001
Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Aug. 5 to Aug. 7, 2014
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