Thelma Jean Hardin, 91, Walton, peacefully went to heaven Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in her home.
She was born on April 6, 1925 to Ray and Allie (Weaver) Ronk. On June 18, 1944, she married Don L. Hardin, who survives.
She and Don first met at a EUB church picnic as young children around the age of 5. They married at the age of 19 and celebrated 72 years of lawful marriage, though they had loved each other since their first encounter 85 years ago.
Jean graduated from Galveston High School in 1944 and was primarily a stay-at-home mom. She did work for a few years seasonally at the Orestes Canning Factory in Galveston.
Early in her life, Jean enjoyed her friends and their euchre club, The Dirty Dozen. Members include Eldie and Millie Miller, Max and Carolyn Eshelman, Art and Jo Scott, Bud and Liz Lynas, Wayne and Nonie Bahler and Doc and Pat Stanforth. These six other couples, who were inseparable at times, all were able to celebrate their golden anniversaries together.
She also enjoyed vacationing, mushroom hunting in Michigan and Wisconsin and her grandkids and their activities. Later in life, she also enjoyed her great-grandkids, reading novels, her TV shows and visiting a casino or two.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Suzie (Phil) Loos; son, Les (Carol) Hardin; granddaughters, Lisa (Zach) Adams, Lori (Roger) Wescott and Libby (Jeremy) Spencer; grandsons, Aaron (Becky) Loos, Adam Loos, Matt (Melainie) Hardin, Nate (Taleè) Hardin, Nick (Courtney) Hardin, Jonathan (Alaina) Bradley, Marcus Bradley and Davin Bradley; 21 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Michael Hardin; a daughter, Diane (Jerry) Huston; brothers, Rex and Andy Ronk; and sister, Rose Hutchins.
Her husband and the family would like to extend thanks to the physicians who cared for her, and most recently, the staff of Guardian Angel Hospice, Help At Home Health Care and family friend, Julie Wines, for the care and compassion given to her this last year.
A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Monday, March 13, at Upper Deer Creek Church, 5019 E. 1400 South, Galveston, with Pastor John Rhodes officiating.
Friends are invited to visit from 4 p.m. until the time of service on Monday at the church. Cremation has been entrusted to Stout & Son Funeral Home, Russiaville. Memorial contributions may be made to Upper Deer Creek Church. Messages of condolence may be expressed online at www.stoutandson.com.
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