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Marion Alberta Hardy

August 26, 1919 December 10, 2016
Marion Alberta Hardy
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Obituary for Marion Alberta Hardy

Marion Alberta Hardy, of Detroit, died peacefully early Saturday morning December 10, 2016. She lived a blessed and healthy life for 97 years. Marion, known as "Bert" to family and friends, was born August 26, 1919 in Moberly, Missouri to parents Irving and Ethel Ritchie.

Marion worked in the early 1940’s in support of World War II as a one of the few unheralded African American women who welded aircraft and trucks, known as a “Rosie the Riveter”. Later, Marion pursued an associates degree in education, and worked as a teaching assistant at Morley Elementary and McMillan Junior High in Detroit. Marion retired from McMillan after a successful career with Detroit Public Schools.

Marion was dedicated to her beloved St. Paul AME Church in southwest Detroit for over 70 years, where her husband, Tom was a founding member. Marion served as an adult sponsor of Usher Board #4, where many young people were gently led by and responded to her kind ways and loving heart. She counted it an privilege to serve on the board of Stewardesses. One of her greatest honors was to be consecrated a Deaconess of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Marion loved baseball, and always cheered on her Detroit Tigers, during good and not so good seasons.

Marion is survived by her devoted children, Thomas (Marie) Hardy, Jr., Jerry (Jo Ann) Hardy and Rev. Charita Hardy; adoring grandchildren, Alfred Bolden, Jr., Aaron (Desmond) Hardy-Smith, Aundrianna Hardy, Jailyn and Maia; and great grandchildren, Zola, Eden, and Josie. She is also survived by her siblings, Oneida Adkins and Biship Donald Ritchie. "Aunt Bert" will also be mourned by three generations of nieces and nephews, cousins, dear friends and the St. Paul Church family. Marion is preceded in death by her beloved husband Thomas Hardy, Sr., son, Alfred Bolden, Sr., great-grandson, Alfred Bolden, III, and siblings John, Charles, Geraldine, Mary and Irene.

A homecoming service will be celebrated for Marion at Bethel AME Church, 5050 St. Antoine, Detroit, Friday at 11am. Friends may visit at the church with the family beginning at 10am. Interment in Westlawn Cemetery, Wayne, Michigan.

Memorial contributions will be gratefully received by The Detroit Tigers Foundation, Marion Hardy Memorial, 2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201 (www.detroittigersfoundation.com).

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