Jacquelyn Joyce Stites Hardy of Sheldon, MO passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, MO at the age of 89 following a brief illness. Jackie was born August 20, 1930 in Centralia, MO to Charles A. and Pansy (Patton) Stites. After graduating from Centrailia High School, she worked for Kroger Grocery. On August 21, 1949, she married Harry Joe Hardy in Centralia. They raised one daughter, Joy, and two sons, Randy and Mark, on their family farm in Sheldon, MO.
Shortly after marrying Joe, Jackie became the first female USPS mail carrier in Lamar, MO. For many years, she worked for Sheldon State Bank and Heritage State Bank in Sheldon.
Jackie enjoyed interior decorating, was an avid collector of antiques and an awesome cook. She loved watching college football. Jackie was known by all in her community for her sweet nature and wonderful sense of humor. Of all her accomplishments, that of wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother were truly her greatest.
Jackie was preceded in death by her father, Charles, mother, Pansy, husband, Joe, son, Randy, grandson Austin, four sisters, Marjorie Whitmire, Jane Baldridge, Katherine Harrison and Billie Hultin, three nephews and a niece.
Jackie is survived by her daughter, Joy Halseth of Joplin, MO, son, Mark Hardy of Sheldon, MO, sister, Phyllis Stites of Parkville, MO, grandsons, Yancy McKnight (wife Lynn) of Austin, TX, Michael Hardy of Joplin, MO, Chance Halseth, of Joplin, MO, great grandchildren, Mollie Jain Halseth, Brody and Brock McKnight, Alexendria Hardy, Cheryl, Gabby, Aaron and Hadley Hardy, and her furry family, canine companions Abby & Max.
Jackie’s family extends a very special thank you to John and Sandy Kirby for the loving care and special friendship they bestowed on their mother and grandmother.
Family will hold a memorial visitation on Saturday, May 30, 2020 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada, MO.
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