Frances Hardie

Born on June 14, 1926

Departed on January 8, 2017 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Dr. Frances Isley Hardie passed away January 8, 2017. Fran was born to Robert and Marie Isley in Gary, Indiana on June 14, 1926. She attended Rockford College in Illinois, Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and Peabody College and Vanderbilt University in Nashville. She received her Ph.D. In Russian Literature from Vanderbilt.

Fran worked at Vanderbilt University Libraries from 1968-1991, retiring as head of collections and acquisitions. She was a member of the Vanderbilt Garden Club, Bridge Club, and Women’s Club, the Jane Austen Society of North America, and the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

Fran was preceded in death by her eldest son James Alexander (Sandy), and is survived by her son Steve and her grandchildren Francie, Ian, and Bonnie. The family would like to thank Janice Matheny and her caregivers, whose kind work allowed Fran to remain in her home for several years.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the P.E.O. Foundation, 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50312. The P.E.O. Foundation supports achievement and advancement of women through scholarships, grants, and awards.

10 Comments to Ms. Frances Hardie

  1. Carol Walter
    January 15, 2017 11:13 pm

    I will miss her. She was a lovely person

  2. Carol Walter
    January 15, 2017 11:14 pm

    I will miss her. She was a lovely person

    • Bonnie Hardie
      March 4, 2017 3:10 pm

      Hello all,
      I attempted to find you all on Facebook to send you information about my grandmother’s memorial, but if you don’t use Facebook or I didn’t find you, you can email me at hardiebm@guilford.edu for more information about her memorial.
      All the best!

  3. Brenda McKee
    January 18, 2017 8:25 am

    Fran was a lovely person and a good person to be around.

    • Bonnie Hardie
      March 4, 2017 3:11 pm

      Hello all,
      I attempted to find you all on Facebook to send you information about my grandmother’s memorial, but if you don’t use Facebook or I didn’t find you, you can email me at hardiebm@guilford.edu for more information about her memorial.
      All the best!

  4. Robert Wright
    January 18, 2017 1:29 pm

    Always great working with her. She leaves behind good memories.

    • Bonnie Hardie
      March 4, 2017 3:11 pm

      Hello all,
      I attempted to find you all on Facebook to send you information about my grandmother’s memorial, but if you don’t use Facebook or I didn’t find you, you can email me at hardiebm@guilford.edu for more information about her memorial.
      All the best!

  5. Susan Fanning
    February 13, 2017 7:47 pm

    One of the finest people I have ever known. She was a true inspiration.

    • Bonnie Hardie
      March 4, 2017 3:13 pm

      Hello,
      I attempted to find you on Facebook to send you information about my grandmother’s memorial, but if you don’t use Facebook or I didn’t find you, you can email me at hardiebm@guilford.edu for more information about her memorial.
      All the best!

  6. Nora Beiswenger
    March 16, 2017 12:21 pm

    Fran had the kindest smile whenever you met her. I always valued hearing her comments on
    whatever Jane Austen novel we were discussing.

    We will all miss her.

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