Ethel Lois Hardy, a resident of The Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Orange, Tex., died Sunday, Nov. 28, at Baptist Memorial Hermann Hospital in Orange. Mrs. Hardy was born Ethel Lois Mullins on July 11, to Napoleon B. Mullins and Tennie Anna Hill in Gainesville, Missouri.

Her family eventually moved both to West Plains and Springfield, Missouri, and to Tulsa, Okla. Lois graduated from West Plains High School and attended Southwest Missouri Teachers’ College in Springfield. A career woman her entire life, Lois worked at the County Clerk’s Office in West Plains, Mo.; for Skelley Oil in Tulsa, Okla.; at Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, Okla.; and in retail in Okla. City.

Reared Protestant, she converted, joining St. Michael Christian Antiochian Orthodox Church, Beaumont, Tex., in 2006. Lois moved to Midwest City, Okla., in 1949. She later met and married Herbert Morrison Hardy on Dec. 10, 1951. They were the parents of one daughter, Anne Marilyn Hardy.

Lois was active as a Room Mother, PTA parent, member of Okla. League of Women Voters, Okla. County Democratic Party, Midwest City Pilots’ Club member, and as Leader of Campfire Girls. Lois lived in Midwest City for nearly 40 years before moving to live with her daughter and her family to Pasadena, Tex.; Pensacola, Fl.; and Orange, Tex. She was active in Orange’s American Association of University Women and her Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church of Orange.

She was preceded in death in 1987 by her husband of 36 years, Herbert Hardy; her parents in 1976, N.B. and Tennie Mullins; her sister, Audra Mitchell Hearn; her brother, Doyle Mullins; brother-in-law, Hall Mitchell, all of Midwest City, Okla.; and aunts and uncles of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Springfield, Mo.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Anne and David Payne of Orange, Tex.; grandsons, Thomas Hardy Payne of Dickinson, Tex., and Steven Timothy Payne of Boston, Mass.; brother-in-law, Cormack P. Hearn of Midwest City, Okla.; niece, Karen Pugh Mullins, and sister-in-law, Ethel Swearingen Mullins, both of Conyers, Ga.; family friend Kristi Lynn of Dickinson, Tex.; and numerous cousins.

Visitation and Prayers will be from 6-8 p.m. Tues., Nov. 30, at Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 4955 Pine Street, Beaumont, Tex. Funeral Services are set for 11 a.m. Wed., Dec. 1, at St. Michael Christian Orthodox Antiochian Church in Beaumont, Tex. Orthodox Graveside Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Fri., Dec. 3, at Resthaven Cemetery, 500 W. 104th St., Oklahoma City, Okla., with cooperation of the Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home, 8805 NE 23rd St., Oklahoma City, Okla.

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