March 23, 1951- March 8, 2014
Funeral services for Linda Hardy, 62, of Clive, formerly of rural Lohrville and Churdan, will be held at 10:30 Thursday at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Churdan with burial in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery west of Churdan. Visitation will be Wednesday after 4 PM at the Church with the family present after 5 pm. A Rosary will be prayed at 6 PM and a Vigil for the Deceased service will be at 6:30 PM. The Brown Funeral Home in Churdan is assisting the family.
Linda Marie Hadden Hardy, loving mother and grandmother, educator and entrepreneur, died Saturday, March 8, 2014 of complications from a brain aneurysm at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines. She was 62. In the final moments of her life, Linda died just as she had lived – with a strong heart surrounded by her children.
The soft-spoken, intelligent, hard-working daughter of Edward and Leona (Shoemaker) Hadden, was born March 23, 1951. Linda earned diplomas from Paton-Churdan High School in 1969, Buena Vista University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984, and Drake University with a Masters in Counseling in 1986.
The conservative Irish Catholic married Irishman John Joseph Hardy, Jr. on September 6, 1969 and shortly after began her career in one of the oldest professions – motherhood! The consummate mother who believed that life began at conception and ended with natural death, had not one, not two, not three…. but seven children. Linda held several positions through-out her life, but there was no job tougher or one that she loved as much as that of being a mom. Linda gave birth to six children from 1970-1978 and in her spare time attended classes at Buena Vista University while graduating magna cum laude shortly before giving birth to her seventh child in 1984.
The Broadway Musical and current events aficionado believed in civic engagement and was an active member of the “Cowbells” organization, a woman’s group to help promote the beef industry. Linda traveled to Washington D.C. to promote beef to legislators. Linda was an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lohrville, Catholic Daughters and the Rosary Society of St. Columbkill’s in Churdan, and most recently St. Boniface Catholic Church in Waukee and a member of the prayer chain. A long-time educator for more than 20 years, Linda held positions such as teacher, counselor, and administrator for schools throughout west central and northwest Iowa. Linda believed in helping students find and develop their passions in life. She often took fellow teachers, parents, and administrators to task on educational bureaucracy that often got in the way of helping a student complete a course or diploma. It was during this time that she served the role of pseudo-mother for less fortunate students; often buying Christmas presents or food for them. She counseled some high school teenagers during their darkest hours. Linda’s big-heart and patience made her a favorite among the students.
While managing her roles as mother and educator, she still found time to run small businesses. In her early twenties, Linda founded and successfully owned “Linda’s Fabrics” a small fabric and clothing store out of her home; selling the business to raise money for her college education. Linda’s next business venture, in the late 1980’s, with the Longaberger Basket Company brought her great joy. Linda sold those decorative collectors baskets for 25 years to customers all over the globe.
In 2008, Linda transitioned out of her small business role to focus mainly on being a grandmother, a role she loved as much as any. During this time Linda would simply be known as “Grams” with a license plate that read “Grams 7” A social media savant, Linda kept up with her children and grandchildren’s busy lives through Facebook. She reconnected with former students, friends, cousins, nieces, nephews, and other relatives across the country.
Those left to mourn her passing are; daughter, Christina Scotts of Boone and her children Tyler and Tiffany; son, Joseph and wife Stacie (Schleisman) Of Sgt. Bluff and their children, Sidney, Madison, Payton, and Joey; son, Michael and wife Christy (Ludwig) of Lohrville and their children, Megan, Mariah, Matthew and Maximus; son, Kevin J. and wife Patricia (Mayhan) of Cincinnati, Ohio and their children, Madeline, Thomas, Samuel, Henry, Anna, and Catherine; daughter, Mary and husband Andrew Tice of Des Moines and their children, Olivia, William, Caroline, and Alexander; and son, Marc and wife Megan (Bullis) of Hereford, Texas; Mother, Leona Hadden of Carroll, brother, Neal Hadden and his wife Marcia of Oskaloosa, and brother, Lawrence (Jack) Hadden of Washington, D.C. Those who preceded her in death were her father and grandparents. These mourners ask that those who knew Linda (1) help others identify and follow their dreams just as Linda encouraged people throughout her life, (2) continue to improve education, and (3) love like you’ve never been hurt and dance life like nobody is watching.Information provided by: Brown Funereal Homes, Inc. 408 Lincoln Way Street Jefferson, IA 50129 www.brownfuneralhomesiowa.com