Dora A. (Dolly) Hardy

Born September 20, 1931, At Rest January 13, 2014

Dolly Hardy passed away in her daughters arms today at the age of 82. Dora Alida VanDeWint was raised in South America by her Dutch Parents with four siblings. At the age of 17, Dolly immigrated to the USA through Ellis Island to go to school.Dolly moved from Virginia to San Francisco to work for United Airlines and met her tall Texan husband, Lonnie Ray Hardy. After years in California and having three children the Hardy’s moved to Bend, Oregon to become ranchers in 1971. At a young age, Lonnie Ray died of lung Cancer in 1978. Dolly took on the challenge of raising three young kids on a ranch east of town. Dolly was an executive assistant in multiple departments at Central Oregon Community College for many years. After her youngest son graduated high school, Dolly moved to Santa Monica, California to work for the global think tank, Rand Corporation. After her retirement from Rand, she moved back to her home in Bend to enjoy the leisures of our community and her friends.Shortly after her retirement, Dolly was diagnosed with Early Onset Familial Alzheimers. Although this was devastating, Dolly took on the challenge and made sure her life was as full as possible. Dolly was always volunteering to help others and even when she moved into assisted facilities she was the cheerleader and helped whenever possible. Dolly also participated in a DNA research program for the University Of Toronto Canada, along with her siblings who have the same diagnosis. The end came quickly for Dolly and had two days being surrounded by her family and friends to wish her well on her next journey. The honor was given to her daughter to be present when Dolly decided to rest from this life.Dolly is survived by four siblings, many nieces and nephews around the world, her amazing grandsons, Justin and Josh Germain of Bend, OR; daughter, Lisa Germain, sons John Hardy of Texas, Jason Hardy and his wife (and her dear friend) Marla Jo Hardy and so many wonderful friends she has known and loved for countless years. Dolly wasn’t interested in a memorial but asked that in her memory, to please donate to the ?Alzheimer’s Association. Dolly will be cremated and travel the winds as she wished to travel this world. We have lost a beautiful smile but gained a talented angel.