Mary L. Edwards Harris Hardy

February 15, 1931 ~ January 21, 2020 (age 88)


Mary L. Edwards Harris Hardy age 88 of Beardstown, died Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at her home.

She was born February 15, 1931 in Beardstown, the daughter of James Paul and Lois Kendall Edwards. She married Allen D. Hardy on March 9, 2001 and he preceded her in death on May 8, 2001.

She is survived by her son John (wife Cindy) Harris of Beardstown; her daughter Meredith (husband Tom) Jamison of Beardstown; four grandchildren Julie (husband Braden) Shane, Jennifer (husband Todd) Mangrum, Jill Harris, and Doug Curry; and one great grandson Teddy. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands Needham Harris and Allen Hardy, and her brother James R. Edwards.

Mary graduated from Beardstown High School in the class of 1949. She worked for Illinois Bell as an operator, was a conductor on the railroad, and then started working for Illinois Speaker of the House Jack Touhy, and in December, retired as an auditor for Illinois Secretary of State. In her free time, she enjoyed playing tennis and golf.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Private family burial will be held at a later date. Colwell Memorial Home in Beardstown is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials have been suggested Illinois Elks Childrens Care. Condolences may be left online at or on Facebook at Colwell Memorial Home.

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Private Committal

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Beardstown, IL 62618


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