Gaye Hardy passed away on December 15, 2018 at the age of 86. She was born in Canton, MS to Warren James and Mildred Hill Guy. She graduated from Canton High School and attended MSCW and Millsaps College.
She married Alfred W Hardy, Jr. and they made their home in Canton, where they were involved in the farming and cattle business, and rearing their four children. She and her family were active members of First Baptist Church of Canton.
Having been an only child, Gaye enjoyed all aspects of having a large family. She was an animal lover, which was evidenced by the numerous and varied pets that the children had through the years and became part of the Hardy family. It was not unusual to find a horse or a pony in their back yard for several weeks at a time, having been brought in from the family farm.
Gaye was a wonderful cook and enjoyed reading and traveling. After her children were grown, she and her husband enjoyed traveling throughout the United States in their motor home and made many friends along the way.
She and her husband eventually moved to Pharr, TX. Gaye continued to live there after her husband passed away in 1994. Later Gaye moved to Brandon, MS to be closer to family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred W Hardy, Jr. and her parents Warren James and Mildred Hill Guy.
She is survived by her children, Debra Hardy (Clyde) Mason of Flora, MS; Denise Hardy (Phil) Wade of Madison, MS; Diane Hardy (Gary) King of Brandon, MS; and Al (Jane) Hardy III, of Christchurch, New Zealand. Her grandchildren, Dr. Timothy (Karla) Case; Hardy (Maria) Case; Jennifer Wade, John (Kim) Wade; Amy (Morton) Smith; Katie (Derrick) Nations; Isabella Hardy and Clara Hardy. She is also survived by 8 great grandchildren, Meg, Anna, Paige, Kinsley, Baylor, Noah, Fletcher and Sloan.
The family would like to thank the wonderful nurses and staff at Compere Nursing Home for their kindness and care given to their Mother.
Visitation will be at Breeland Funeral Home, Canton, MS on Tuesday morning, December 18 from 10:00 to 12:00.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or a Charity of your choice.