Darlene Hard
Darlene Hard was a Hall of Fame tennis player who won 3 major singles championships and 13 major doubles championships.

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Published by San Diego Union-Tribune on Dec. 6, 2021.
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Just not a great tennis player, Darlene had a big heart, beautiful personality and wonderful on court personality. Once I mentioned to her I had not found my groove while playing, 5 minutes later she laughed and remarked “Have you found your groove?”. (It was the seventies)
A remarkable lady and a heckuva tennis player.❤
Steve Hanson
Student
December 23, 2021
RIP Darlene.
Frank Titus
Friend
December 21, 2021
During times of great sadness our hearts are flooded with tears and our minds full of memories with our lost loved ones that play on repeat in our minds. There is comfort to be found in the scriptures.
December 15, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
I am sorry for your loss.
There will come a time when God "will swallow up death forever."
December 9, 2021
Our deepest condolences to the family. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort the family during this difficult period .
December 8, 2021
Our heartfelt condolence goes out to the family and friends of Darlene.
While dwelling on her cherished memories, be rest assured that God has promised to "comfort all who mourn" Isaiah 61:1,2.
Ezeko & Rossy
December 7, 2021
Condolences and love to Darlene's family and many friends.

I first met Darlene when I came to Pomona College to coach the women's tennis team in 1987. She was Pomona College class of 1961, and I saw her name on the tennis alumni list and called her out of the blue. She was kind and welcoming. She visited Claremont and our campus many times over the next 34 years. We hit some balls once and she told me to quit being so nervous! She loved children and she took my three kids to the Los Angeles Zoo. She shared with me amazing video of her tennis days. I think she had the best backhand volley that has ever existed. She invited me to come along with her and her mom to Darlene's induction into the Intercollegiate Hall of Fame in Virginia in 1997. In 1998, when Wimbledon celebrated their 100th anniversary and invited past champions to come back, I joined Darlene and her then 83-year-old mom and 85-year-old aunt for a ten-day trip to London. Darlene was so funny, and smart, and humble, and sweet, and thoughtful. And she sure could tell a story! She never regretted that she played tennis at a time when there was little or no money to be won. She said that she loved traveling with the other players, serving as each other's hitting/training partners, and staying in the homes of tennis patrons when she travelled the world...and she said she wouldn't trade it for any amount of money.

And Darlene never forgot her Pomona tennis coach, Professor Anne Bages. The three of us would visit together in Claremont. Anne and Darlene would laugh as they reminisced about Darlene's antics as a college tennis player. They would laugh about Darlene's car and the horn that you could hear from a mile away. Darlene was so full of life and good energy.

Thank you, Darlene, for enriching my life in so many ways, for being such a true-blue friend. I miss you and love you. Rest In Peace dear Darlene.

Lisa Beckett
Friend
December 7, 2021
You certainly made Montebello High School proud!
Norma Eaton
Classmate
December 7, 2021
My condolences.
December 7, 2021
RIP sweetie
Debra Debra
Acquaintance
December 7, 2021
An outstanding athlete, always exciting to watch her play. My sincere sympathies to the Hard family, so very sorry for your loss.
R B
December 7, 2021
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