Margaret Ogden Hardy Obituary – Savannah Morning News

Margaret Ogden Hardy of Savannah, Georgia died on May 9, 2022 at the age of 74 after a long battle with cancer.

Margaret was born on July 12, 1947 in Wilmington, Delaware to John Van Etten Hardy and Margaret Stubblefield Hardy. Margaret attended elementary schools in Delaware, Texas, West Virginia and Japan, as her father traveled with his job for DuPont in the 1950s and 1960s.

Margaret graduated from AI DuPont High School in 1967 and later graduated from Stetson University in Deland, Florida in 1971 with a BA in music. She went on to earn her Masters of Education in Counselor Education in 1972 and an Education Specialist Diploma in 1973, both from Georgia Southern University.

Margaret worked as an elementary school guidance counselor for Savannah Chatham County Public Schools until her retirement. She was proud of the schools she worked for, including Anderson, May Howard, Butler, Hesse and Garrison Elementary.

After retiring from Savannah Public Schools, she began working for schools in the Catholic Diocese of Savannah at St. Michael’s on Tybee Island and St. Peter’s on Wilmington Island.

Father Patrick O’Brien remembers Margaret as kind, compassionate and understanding towards his students.

In addition to Margaret’s long career, she dedicated herself to her beloved churches and their missions.

Margaret had been an active member of First Baptist Church since 1982. She served as the church’s diaconate and was an endowment administrator. Her love and talent for singing and music was greatly appreciated in church. She has been the chair of the music committee and a member of the adult choir and the bell choir, as well, she has been a member of the stewardship development committee, the missions and social ministries committee, the guild of the altar, of the faith relations committee. , the classics and the Peggy Murphy Sunday school class. She helped with the music for the Vacation Bible School and had a great interest in helping to maintain the historic church building and the church organ.

Margaret was also passionate about the early Baptist missions in Cuba. She participated in more than 20 missionary trips to Cuba before her health prohibited her from traveling.

Margaret also spent many years actively involved and devoted to St. John’s Church in Savannah. She traveled to England with the St. John’s Church Choir.

She sang as a member of the choir as well as sang as a soloist. She often sang Vespers and truly always “sang for the glory of God”.

She volunteered at the Green-Meldrim House, giving tours and enjoying the wonderful history of the building.

Margaret has always been a philanthropist and happy to help any friend or organization in need. One of her proudest philanthropic accomplishments was getting the organ pipes from the historic Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, Virginia sent to St. John’s for future use.

In addition to singing in her church choirs, Margaret also sang with the Savannah Symphony Chorale for several years. She was truly a gifted and talented vocal musician with a beautiful voice.

Margaret also experienced great joy during her extensive travels around the world. As a child, her family moved to Japan in 1960 where she spent 2 years in school and traveled around Japan with her family. This experience shaped Margaret’s love of the Far East and her love of travel. His family trip to Japan ended with a world tour to Hong Kong, India, the Middle East, Greece, Germany, Ireland, Hawaii and finally Delaware. She visited the Taj Mahal, the original King Tut exhibit and a trip down the Nile. During this time, she developed a passion for photography and captured many memories in her beautiful photos.

As an adult, Margaret returned to Japan, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Mongolia, Myanmar (Burma), and much of the world where women often did not travel. She went to Russia at the height of the Cold War. She enjoyed learning history and shopping on all her trips.

Margaret was also particularly proud of Savannah’s participation in the Centennial Olympics in 1996. She volunteered in the yachting events throughout the summer of 1996 in Savannah. She was also very proud of her cars and had a keen interest in her cherished automobiles.

Margaret loved animals, especially her beloved cat, Kumo, and many others who followed. Margaret is survived by the many special friends who were devoted to her as her health declined.

She is also survived by her brothers, William H. Hardy III (Judith) of Colorado and John VE Hardy, Jr. (Elizabeth) of West Virginia and Utah, as well as her 3 nephews, John Hardy III, McEwen Hardy and Dr. William H. Hardy IV. She is predeceased by her sister, Frances Hardy, her mother, Margaret S. Hardy and her father, John VE Hardy, who recently passed away in 2021 at the age of 105.

A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, June 15 at 2:00 p.m. at St. John’s Church in Savannah, GA.

Donations may be made to her beloved churches in memory of Margaret, First Baptist Church of Savannah and St. John’s Church of Savannah.

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Posted on June 05, 2022

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