Martha Rose “Marty” Hardy, 81, of Lindsborg, Kan., passed away Jan. 23, 2016.
She was born Nov. 14, 1934, the daughter of Foster and Mary Jane (Bounds) Romine.
Marty was a lifelong member of the Methodist church, playing piano for choir and services for eight years. Her lifetime was spent primarily in the newspaper business as a writer, editor, and salesperson. After graduating from Hanover, Ohio at Toboso High School, she was offered a full ride scholarship to Ohio University. Her primary interest being clarinet – she eventually preferred marching band.
She and her last husband, Maurice Hardy, were stationed in Virginia, Kentucky, Kansas, stateside, but were shipped to Germany where they remained for several years living in Bamberg & Bad Weinstein, Bavaria. They traveled many historic sites, the home of the Passion Play performed every 10 years – on the off year you could enjoy cast members on the streets, singing, carving, or just being visible. The area was great for flowers everywhere. They visited East Berlin, Czechoslovakia, Austria, and Switzerland.
Marty was a long-time employee of the Montgomery Communications Company of Junction City and served as Editor of the Ogden paper and the Lindsborg News-Record. John Marshall and Rebecca Rice of the Thorne Media Group purchased the News-Record in 2001 and Marty stayed on as adviser and Editor Emeritus for a few years.
Later in life, Marty became friends with a retired doctor, Barney Hurlbutt. Together they enjoyed three Caribbean cruises and one cruise to Canada, but the happiest memories of their life together was the time spent on the Maine coast with family and friends. The excitement of an authentic feast of Labtu, Clour, oysters, and fish. Another high point in Marty’s life was a trio of canasta friends who met weekly. They remained in her heart until death.
Marty is survived by her sons: William Crawford (Diane) of Hanover, Ohio; David Crawford (Jackie) of McPherson; and Ralph Hardy (Julia) of Joplin, Mo., five grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Christians Funeral Home, Lindsborg.
A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at Trinity United Methodist Church, with burial following at Elmwood Cemetery, Lindsborg.
Memorials may be designated Trinity United Methodist Church, Lindsborg Community Hospital, or Habitat for Humanity in care of Christians Funeral Home 103 N. Washington, PO Box 386, Lindsborg, KS 67456.