Mildred Evelyn Shepherd Hardwick was born on Dec.17, 1929 to Roy and Elmira (Swaffar) Shepherd in the Arnhart community, east of Purdy, Missouri. She passed from this life on Dec. 4, 2010.
Evelyn started her teaching career straight out of high school, at age 17. During the ensuring 30 years she taught in Barry and Lawrence counties, and ended her career at Purdy as school counselor. As a teacher, her thirst for knowledge led her to a bachelor of science education degree, as well as an master of science degree in psychology and a specialist degree. She certainly carried out her credo, "If you can read, you can do anything."
In Golden, Missouri, she met Lee A. "Bill" Hardwick, and they were married on June 8, 1950.
In addition to her husband of 60 years, Bill, she is survived by two sons and their wives: David A. and Pam Hardwick, John Mark and Deborah Hardwick, both of Purdy; one daughter and her husband: Marilyn and Harry Goldstein, of Springfield; four grandsons and wives: Allen and Lisa Hardwick, Jason and Lori Hardwick, Jacob and Regina Hardwick and Scott Southard; two granddaughters and their husbands: Julia and Bob Bretts and Morgan and Trey Henry. Also surviving are nine great-grandchildren: Jenica and Britten Hardwick, Ashley Planchon, Amber Parker, Tyler and Levi Bretts, Margaret and James Henry, and Kylie Hardwick; one sister and her husband: Merelyn and Carl E. Windhausen, of Kansas City and one sister-in-law, Mary Shepherd, of Joplin and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Paul Shepherd; He passed away only two weeks ago.
Evelyn was extremely creative. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, quilting, sewing, painting, gardening, writing, reading, singing and was quite accomplished at them all. She was a master gardener and loved her flowers and gardens.
She was a member of the MSTA throughout her teaching career and later a member of the Retired Teachers Association. She was an active member of the Arnhart Baptist Church most of her life and was a Bible class teacher many years before her health began to fail.
Evelyn will be remembered as a brilliant and talented woman, an interesting and demanding teacher and as one who loved her God, her family and her friends.
Visitation will be held at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 at Arnhart Baptist Church in Purdy, Mo. Burial will follow at Arnhart Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the care of Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home of Monett.