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Anne Caro Hardiman

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Anne Caro Hardiman

Lillian, AL - Anne Caro Hardiman passed away on Friday, November 2, 2018, at the age of 85, following an extended period of health issues. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Clarence Wenford Hardiman from Auburndale, Florida, her two sons, Keith and Steve, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Born Flora Anne Caro on December 24, 1932, in Pensacola, Florida, she was the youngest child of Forsyth and Lela (Seymour) Caro. She was preceded in death by her parents and three siblings, Mary Morey, and twins Caroline Watson and Catherine Sherouse (formerly Jones).

She was a Girl Scout in her youth, graduated from the Escambia County School District, and later attended Florida State University in Tallahassee, where she completed her baccalaureate degree and earned her master's degree in early childhood education. While a student, she met her husband, Clarence, a fellow post-graduate FSU student. They were wed in Pensacola in 1953. She was an elementary school teacher in Miami-Dade County Public Schools, helping to support the family while her husband completed his PhD. She retired upon the birth of her second child to devote her time to her sons. The family moved to Central Illinois in 1963, and to Maryland in 1971, where she returned to substitute teaching in Baltimore County Public Schools. Anne and her husband moved to Alabama shortly before her death.

Later in life, she was recognized for her tireless work to donate tons (literally) of food to underprivileged families in Baltimore County, always multiplying her gifts through her expertise with sales and coupons, sometimes combining double-coupon offers with buy-one-get-one free deals (occasionally resulting in payment of only the sales tax on her purchase). A true patriot, she scavenged scrap metal as a girl during WWII, and for the rest of her life, always stood for the National Anthem, hand on heart and singing along, even when it was played on TV.

Everyone who knew her knew that she never forgot their children on their birthdays and Christmas, always sending cards, gifts for what they wanted, and coupons for what they might need, because it was her core belief that every child should feel loved and cared for. Her life embodied the Girl Scouts slogan, "Do a good turn daily," as she lived every day in service to others, whether family, friends, acquaintances, or strangers; or one of the innumerable beneficiaries of dozens of causes she supported, from chronically ill children, underprivileged families around the world, unwanted or abused pets, and endangered species. A giver until the end, her final wish was granted with the donation of her remains to an anatomical gifts program so that a future generation of healthcare researchers and practitioners might advance the frontier of medical science to improve the quality of life for us all.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to one or both of two charities that support the needs children, including Anne's extended family:

The Children's Heart Foundation

PO Box 244

Lincolnshire, IL 60069-0244


Telephone: 847-634-6474

Foundation for Prader-Willi Research

340 S Lemon Ave # 3620

Walnut, CA 91789-2706


Telephone: 888-322-5487
Published in Pensacola News Journal on Nov. 8, 2018
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