Mary Rosetta Fiedler Hardman, 90, of Spencer, W.Va., passed away on Nov. 9, 2011, at Roane General Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit.
She is survived by her sons, C. Stan Hardman and wife Donna, Fred C. Hardman and wife Martha, Thomas F. Hardman and wife Susan, all of Spencer; and daughter Sarah H Giachino and husband Nick of St. Charles, Ill.
Born on Nov. 9, 1922 in Morgantown, W.Va.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Charles Owen Hardman and her parents Jessie Henshaw and Stanley Huff Fiedler of Morgantown. Surviving grandchildren are Jamie Loving and husband James of McLean, Va., Gwen Lowry and husband Kirk of Charlotte, N.C., Elizabeth Ricks and husband Colin of Doylestown, Pa., Owen Hardman of Spencer, and Olivia and Victoria Giachino of St. Charles, Ill.; great-grandchildren include Adelaide and Charlotte Loving of McLean, Va., Eliza and Thomas Kirkpatrick Lowry of Charlotte, N.C. Also surviving are her sister Jessie Fiedler McClain of Huntington, W.Va., sister-in-law Anna-Neale Houck Samworth of Charlotte, N.C.; nieces Mary Frazier of Isle of Palms, S.C. and Amy Joyner of Nashville, Tenn., Janet Butts of Moorefield, W.Va., Gwen Brady of Charlotte, N.C., Anna Neale Taylor of Spencer; and nephews Charles Houck of Beckley, W.Va., and John Denbigh of Spencer.
Mary attended Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. and graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in History. She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority and an R.O.T.C. Sponsor.
Mary was devoted to her church and her community. She was a member of the St. Johns United Methodist Church. She organized and served as one of the founders of the St. Johns United Methodist Church Kindergarten in 1955. She was also past president of the United Methodist Women, a member of the Anna King Circle and the St. Johns Methodist Pastor Parish Relations Committee. Mary centered her life around her family. She was a Cub Scout Den mother for her sons. She enjoyed sewing and made matching summer dresses for daughter. Mary was an excellent cook and always prepared her famous buckwheat cakes for her family on Sunday mornings before church.
Mary enjoyed photographing her family events and loved to travel with Charlie to distant locations around the world. For over 70 years she enjoyed playing bridge once a week with her lifelong friends.
The family would like to acknowledge the love and support from the caregivers, Madge Price, Carolyn Taylor, Carol Bottenfield, Jo Ann Gandee and Shelia Harold. They would like to express appreciation to the doctors and staff of Roane General Hospital. Expressions of love can be made through flowers or as a memorial gift to St. Johns United Methodist Church Foundation, 335 Church Street, Spencer, WV 25276.
Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, 206 Beauty Street, Spencer, W.Va., is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at St. Johns United Methodist Church. The funeral will follow at 1 p.m. with Rev. Michael Luddle officiating assisted by Rev. Art Tucker, followed by a graveside service at Spencer Memorial Cemetery.